I like lots of music besides U2. I grew up with them in songs that mirror where I was around the same time. Music is a reminder of what was happening in my life when I heard that music. I used to think music was interpretive to what each person drew from it but now I'm aware of how that can change. I'm thoroughly satisfied that U2 has made a mark for myself and many other like minded people. U2 and R.E.M are like the Rolling Stones and The Beatles respectively for me, and I'm glad that all of the above acts can stand on their own merit.
"Look, we had a bottle of milk, we wanted to deliver it on the front door of 500 million people - it ended up in some peoples fridges and indeed it ended up on some peoples cornflakes and some people were lactose intolerant"
- Bono on the release of Songs of Innocence
did you know
The song 'Van Diemen's Land' is sung from the point of view of an Irish poet who spoke out against the British government and was going to be exiled to Tasmania (Van Dieman's Land is the original name for the island).