(The thread on my Facebook on my U2 Pop review status was so enlightening thought it was worth blogging... Thank you for your contributions...)
I went to HMV on Grafton Street at midnight for that release. A much underrated U2 album.
This is the album Larry was never happy with... it was in many ways a rush job... tour booked etc before the album was ready... I seem to recall there was rumours of a remix or of them going back to finish it as they really wanted it to sound. I kinda hoped they might have done that for the 20yr anniversary.
Some very powerful songs on this one and it is one of my fave U2 records. The tour was a big, bright, brilliantly brash & sometimes bonkers (the Mirror Ball Lemon) exposé of the times. The visuals were stunning & only very recently equalled & bettered by the songs of innocence tour.
Insightful then as ever, Steve (response to my review), in terms of the lyrics. What you say very much needed to be said at that time too, as I recall. I still can't warm to the album though, it has its moments but overall it's a mess, the sound of a band getting a bit lost in the forest. Compare it to the clarity of All That You Cant Leave Behind. For me, it's one of those transitional albums they make like No Line On The Horizon, which contain a few jewels but are mostly waiting for the next big moment of clarity.
They used Howie B and others from trip-hop end of dance. An experiment - that worked!! The band don't like it but I love the feeling it still evokes in me. Powerful songs that pull on my heart: Mofo, Gone, Velvet and the will-power of Please. It's the orphan, the outsider, one of the Gnostic Gospels. I love this lost child.
It was my gateway to U2, released when I was 16. They had me at the first few bars of Discotheque. Still love it but there's no denying there's some weak stuff in there. And, as far as I can tell, the only album with a song with a vocal error left in (answers on a postcard!). A sign of the rush they were in…
I went and bought it at midnight in that shop opposite the City Hall. Can't remember what it was called.
I always loved Pop and still do. I think it was underrated. I prefer it to All That You Can't Leave Behind, which I always felt was too pop music for me. Pop had an edge and I always like U2's edge (as well as The Edge) and I'm less impressed with their mass marketable stuff. I love Gone, Please, Velvet Dress (Peter Rollins used to boom that out on repeat for hours in our old house), Angels, Staring at the Sun and Wake Up Dead Man.
Would love to hear this album remastered. The new mix version of Discotheque is far superior to the original one, same for Gone (I was never too fond of Staring at the Sun - acoustic version bores me to death) so I'd love to see that for all the tracks.
I think it's a brilliant album. Easily up there for me in their catalogue. Although it's really not that 'pop' like, like Jonny said there are albums that are more 'pop' like. At this stage it nearly feels like an ironic title.
I was late to the party on this one. Bought it at a car boot sale in Bangor around 2002! It's one of their albums along with Zooropa that I've always struggled to get into. But remember hearing Wake Up Dead Man on the Slane DVD and being blown away by the vulnerability of it.
Pop has residency in our CD player in the car. Not because of dads evangelical zeal for more U2 converts but the fruit of my sons freewill purchase a year ago. Apart from the bits we have to watch out for when mum is on board, this album is a rollercoaster of raw emotion and energy. It took my sons musical taste development journey to reintroduce me to this gem. Thank God for pocket money well spent!!
Enjoyed the first half of the album but for me it tails off badly in the second half. Start of their decline in my opinion with only fleeting glimpses of genius since.
Still love the album and the concepts...
I remember driving home from a youth weekend and listening to the first play of Discotheque in the Top 40. The lads thought it was rubbish, but I loved it - it was as hard to listen to as The Fly, which whet the taste buds. Do You Feel Loved is a much ignored classic - driving and challenging both musically and lyrically. Miami was the only weak song on the album for me, but even that gets me some nights. The rest are fab. It is one of U2’s most sexual albums!
Pop is such an amazing album. It really upset me that U2 became unhappy with it, as it may be my favourite of all the albums. Well it is on some days, at least!