Well, that was interesting.
By “that,” I mean my readers’ responses to last week’s question of which U2 album they think is best: War, Achtung Baby or How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.
While the Twitteratti have not weighed in yet — it’s been all about Irish designer Don O’Neill’s dress covering the bum of some Kardashian — the email messages have been fairly entertaining.
“Your [sic] out of touch!!!” began one helpful correspondent, who was obviously in too much of a hurry to bother with apostrophes but loves those exclamation points. “The best U2 album is Songs of Innocence. JOY RAMONE!!!!”
There were a surprising number of votes for War, considering it was released over 30 years ago. Jeannie, who calls herself “the biggest U2 fan in New Jersey,” called it “seminal, brilliant and genius,” while Bob M. pointed out that “it was the album that put U2 on the map with ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday.’”
The Achtung Baby fans channeled their moody, inner MacPhistos to point out that the album gave us some of the band’s best-loved songs and an album cover that featured a naked picture of Adam Clayton. (Before you start Google imaging, there’s an “X” over the business section.)
“Without Achtung Baby there would have been no Zoo-TV,” noted a reader named Marie. Joanna K. pointed out that the album spawned one indelible image.
“Larry Mullen Jr. in a dress?!” she enthused (questioningly), referring to the frock rock version of the “One” video.
Reflecting on How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, Jim from “the Island” said it’s his favorite because of “Sometimes You Can’t Make it on Your Own,” which he called “their best song, period.”
Joe from New Jersey voted for HTDAAB because “Vertigo” showed that “Bono can’t count in Spanish, the eejit.” Fair enough.
Thanks to everybody who wrote in, and don’t forget to share your thoughts on this week’s question. Keep those answers short and clean, and let me know how if I can use your name and town. Apologies in advance if your name really is Pat McGroin from Baldwin, cuz I won’t be using that one.