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Saw an interesting comment on youtube regarding the success of certain bands since the Beatles - so just who is the most successful??
Here's the comment:
"Would they go down as the most successful band of all time? 35+ years & still going, never stopped recording/touring (probably the longest gap is 5 yrs), original 4 members still active, no new members no members leaving
Still produce songs as good now as they did in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s.
Play classics as well as new stuff at concerts (instead of just stuff from latest album), Never hear of argument or splits
I'd find it hard to think of another band that can say that."
The band he was talking about?......................... U2.
Is he right??
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Yes they are very successful but for some reason I've never been compelled to buy one of their albums & I must own thousands. Don't know why I've never bought one but I do think that success doesn't mean best, it's just that more music buying people have a bland mainstream taste & people like what's popular because it's popular & not because it's actually good. Queen & ACDC are examples of this, utter crap.
Suppose it depends on your definition of 'success'- if longest lasting with original line up (no changes at all) then probably U2 (they did have another guitar player, the Edge's brother, when they were called 'the Hype' but no changes since name change to U2 & releasing first commercial recording).
Agree that they "Still produce songs as good now as they did in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s.", I didn't much like their music back then & still don't!!
( under that definition, I don't know why the Beatles would be mentioned!, they had line up changes & didn't last particularly long, comparitively speaking)
Successful yes, but I'd have to put the Rolling Stones are right up there, if not more successful than U2? 50+ years and still drawing the crowds for their live shows.
In fact looking at claimed record sales, U2 are considerably behind The Rolling Stones and some way further behind the likes of Queen, Led Zeppelin and ACDC ... depends on how you wish to view 'success' I suppose. Incidentally, although not a band/group but Madonna is ahead on sales to U2 by some way as well
Interesting...just putting it out there!!
As a lifelong Queen fan, I shuddered at the word "crap" being applied to them. Also just watched 50,000 Argentinians jump in unison to AC/DC, so yeah, some people like crap...
Rolling Stones - interesting thought. Never understood their appeal myself
Keep them coming...
As with photos, it's a matter of taste. AC/DC aren't crap to their millions of followers.
I do think after a long time that bands produce stuff their followers want, rather than exploring different creative avenues...maybe they get set in their ways. Unfortunately, a lot of bands are still going but have done nothing creative for a long time
How do you define success? Longevity? Demand? Record sales?
Yes the band. Phenomenal success in Prog rock but only 30 million album sales. Genesis another legend but Joni Mitchell as a seminal influence on music. However i don't think its an answerable question as the idea of "success" is not defined and might not be definable except in monetary or sales numbers terms and many smaller bands have had a greater influence than U2 which could be another measure of success.
U2 are way down the list for total album sales, behind Michael Jackson and Rolling Stones for gross concert totals but nowhere near the top for biggest gross tour.
He sounds like a U2 fan to me - he makes a statement then puts in a load of critera to try and keep out anyone else but fails even there: how about Elton John, Rolling Stones, AC/DC....quite a few could match them.
It is strange how he headlines the commentary with reference to the Beatles then applies a load of criteria that should immediately disqualify them:
Quote: Would they go down as the most successful band of all time? 35+ years & still going Beatles stopped 40 years ago having only lasted a little more than a decade, never stopped recording/touring (probably the longest gap is 5 yrs) stopped 40+ years ago, original 4 members still active two died, no new members no members leaving all left
Still produce songs as good now as they did in the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s stopped 40 years ago.
Play classics as well as new stuff at concerts (instead of just stuff from latest album), Never hear of argument or splits riven by rounours for their last 2 years
U2 were pretty big but ever since I spotted the soles of Bono's boots sticking out of Blair's a----
During election times, I lost interest in them, interfering in British politics and he wasn't even British the cheeky git and the labour party let him.
Although not the biggest bands in history, I was a big Pink Floyd and Fleetwood Mac fan.
ABBA were pretty big globally in record sales.
The Beatles must go down as the band that left the biggest legacy of them all. Only Elvis was bigger, but they even pushed him off the top spot in their hay day.
Everbody knows that Iron Maiden are the most successful band of all time !!!!! ( but then I do support Plymouth Argyle !!! )
To quote Wiki " Iron Maiden have reportedly sold over 85 million records worldwide with little radio or television support." and they are a lot more fun than bloody U2.
Quote: Iron Maiden
I thought that was Margaret Roberts before she married Denis and became the Iron Lady
So that's where they got the cover art from....
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