Daniel Rosenthal's answer to "Why is U2 so popular?"

That's the letter U and the numeral 2.

Imagine you’re a middle-aged, upper-middle class male. You live in a large metropolitan area. You have a good job. Your wife does Pilates.  Your oldest just started Kindergarten. Yes, you’re an adult but you’re still cool! Your jeans cost $125. Sometimes you wear sneakers with a blazer! [...]

You arrive at the show and see yourself everywhere. Tasteful North Face and Patagonia jackets abound. The stands are awash in earth tones.  No one is shoving. No one has a nose ring. These are your people. [...]

And the kicker: not one but TWO encores, the ones you know best – the ones you first heard that summer you painted houses or kissed Katie at the beach party. You’re closing your eyes now. This is sad and sweet. You put your arm around your wife. You’re wondering if Katie ever got married. A third of the crowd departs after the first encore.  It’s no big deal – some of us have work in the morning!  Anyway, the traffic will be better if everyone doesn't leave at once.

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5 Responses:

  1. Mike says:

    As a middle-aged, upper-middle class white male, I am offended by this article.

  2. TJIC says:

    > That's the letter U and the numeral 2.

    Three points for the Negativland reference.

  3. Doug Orleans says:

    Brett Easton Ellis said it better: http://www.michaelvox.com/u2/americanps.html

  4. Erbo says:

    This somehow reminds me of why I don't much care for U2 anymore.

    Oh, and the last concert I saw? Nightwish. It was awesome squared, but I would have preferred if Sonata Arctica had been the opening act rather than Sonic Syndicate, I think.