It is true: the number of people who hate a band increases proportionately to the number of its fans. I never liked U2 but have owned a couple albums, The Joshua Tree, and Under a Blood Red Sky. The first one I find listenable about 2/3 of the way. The second, I find a mediocre live album with marginal musicianship at best. That's not a lot to go on, but it's enough to surprise me that U2 got 5 Grammys this year. It's amazing, U2 is now more mainstream than ever. It's the curse that comes with too much success, they're everybody's favorite band, which automatically means I don't like them. But it's not just that. It's also the knowledge that Around the time U2 showed up, there were also a bajillion bands who were cooler, smarter, more real and had way better songs than U2; The Smiths, to name just one. From the commercial side, Duran Duran has always been in a totally different league. The main thing that allowed U2 to become this huge iconic band they are now is that they outlived their competition and somehow successfully gave the impression they were not always the same old band pushing the same old songs by "reinventing" themselves. It's a good thing Bono is using all his notoriety to try to do some good in the world, because for me, the music alone ain't cuttin' it. Questions? Comments? Complaints?