Ten Songs That Make Me Cringe: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (#4)
By Four Walls
February 10, 2017 1:37pm CST
It's time to irritate a few more people with my opinions! Hey, I'm middle aged (rapidly approaching the big six-oh) so I'm entitled to be a grumpy old lady. Seriously, I really do not like any of these songs, I'm not just saying that to cause controversy. This series was inspired by @JohnRoberts who did his own series of "12 Songs I Loathe" three weeks ago. Here's the next sacred cow I'm attacking. #4: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2 There was an ad on local TV the other day that said U2 is coming to town to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree. Hey, guess who's missing that concert!!! I saw them on The Joshua Tree tour in 1987, for free (a guy I knew worked for the BoDeans' record label, and as they were opening he gave me a ticket)....and that was still too expensive. This song really is representative of the entire recorded output of this band. I owned War, Boy, and The Joshua Tree, because many of my BoDeans road tripping buddies were huge fans of U2 (they got into the BoDeans by seeing them on the U2 tour). For the life of me I do not see the appeal. There's so much about this band that I don't like. As Henry Rollins pointed out in his "I Hate U2" rant, that annoying one-chord guitar "playing" by The Edge is enough to drive me over the edge (so he picked a good stage name). A lot of people don't like Bono's arrogance (remember the band forcing an album on iTunes owners a couple of years ago?) and really really annoying voice. I'm right there with you. So this theologically schizophrenic song (a person who "believes in kingdom come" is "still running" and hasn't found what he's looking for?) is just one of the symptoms of the annoying disease known as U2. If you're going to the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree tour, have fun. We won't run into each other there. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For Written by Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. Recorded by U2 From The. Joshua Tree, 1987 Here's a recording of Bono I really, really like -- singing background on a song from The Call's final album -- because you can barely hear him :
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• Los Angeles, California
10 Feb 17
Finally, we really stand in opposing corners: U2 is one of my favorite bands. In fact I have pondered a U2 list. I despise Bono's big mouth politics but I haven't let that dissuade my opinion they are an all time great band.
• United States
10 Feb 17
They are definitely a band with no middle ground. When I found that Henry Rollins piece I referenced I didn't know it's become "trendy" or "cool" to hate U2. They have just never appealed to me, primarily because of Edge's mono-note guitar playing. And I'm positive tomorrow's song will get me endless boos and hisses.