It is GENERALLY true that Steve and I are of one mind, not just with respect to the revelations we receive pertaining to Things, Ranked, but also with respect to the Rankable Things we seek revelation on. But every now and then, one of us feels the (probably unrighteous) desire to pursue our own agenda, and we end up ranking things that clearly have nothing to do with our personal salvation. For example, earlier today, Steve decided that U2’s discography needed to be ranked.
As always, these rankings are authoritative.
Steve Evans: I want to rank U2 albums. You know nothing about U2. Should I get Kyle?
Scott B.: I reject the notion that I know nothing about U2.
Steve Evans: Yeah?
Scott B.: I know lots about U2
Steve Evans: What’s the last album of theirs you’ve heard?
Scott B.: last album released that i’ve heard, or album i listened to most recently?
Scott B.: if the former, then Songs of Innocence. if the latter, then A.B.
Steve Evans: Last one released
Scott B.: Songs of Innocence, then. But then again, didn’t everyone listen that since it got shoved into iTunes for everyone?
Scott B.: I would say that How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb is the last studio album I paid much attention to.
Steve Evans: Then we shall rank them.
Scott B.: is there a reason you want to rank U2 albums?
Steve Evans:Top Ten U2 Albums, Ranked.
Scott B.: What is my ranking criteria?
Scott B.: Best music? Favorite? Most important?
Steve Evans: Because their lyrics make no sense at all, and yet they’re a great band. Seriously don’t spend too long actually paying attention to the lyrics. One line has nothing to do with the next.
Scott B.: You know who hates U2 with a real passion? Matt Page. Listening to him talk about Bono is hilarious.
Steve Evans: I bet
Scott B.: His view is that Bono basically wakes up in the morning, opens up the Internet, looks at news headlines, and say, “Oh, looks like people think [SUBJECT] is important. I’m going to write some heartfelt lyrics about how important it is!”
Steve Evans: It would be nice if Bono wrote lyrics about something. Instead he writes one interesting line at a time, then shoves em together.
Scott B.: actually, you’re right–it’s more like, “I’m going to write a song with lyrics that reference [SUBJECT].”
Steve Evans: Or worse, “I’ll write a song and then say afterwards it’s about [SUBJECT] and people will eat it up.”
Steve Evans: That album blows. Even Larry Mullen Jr hates it. I would have ranked Pop lower, but it really stands as a catch-all for crappy U2 albums generally.
Scott B.: For #10, Unforgettable Fire, maybe? Because it’s mostly forgettable and I can’t really place much from it.
Steve Evans: All That You Can’t Leave Behind. A comeback album, a good one, too. Unforgettable Fire I’d put higher. It has MLK and Pride.
Scott B.: is it the only one with Pride? Why was I thinking it was on something else?
Steve Evans: Pride is on Rattle & Hum, but live.
Scott B.: Oh, I was thinking Rattle and Hum, but that wasn’t the actual studio album. okay, Unforgettable can be higher
Steve Evans: Maybe October here instead, and Leave Behind at 8.
Steve Evans: October really isn’t very good. There’s a reason it’s always on sale, cheap.
- How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Scott B.: I feel like U2 has died a few times, but that this was the last death. Pop was far worse, but they rebounded
Steve Evans: Yeah. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb? Convert it into musical form and insert it into your discography.
- All That You Can’t Leave Behind
Scott B.: Where are we at, then?
Steve Evans: So we’re at #7
Scott B.: Boy for 7.
Steve Evans: Good call. Boy is very good, but not quite an evolved sound.
Scott B.: it’s mostly just not as good as what came immediately after
Steve Evans: #6 is War.
Scott B.: yep
Steve Evans: New Years Day, and Sunday Bloody Sunday.
Scott B.: though I just looked, and I see October actually was between Boy and War
Steve Evans: Actually lets put October and Pop tied at 10th. Because we need more room up higher
- Rattle & Hum
Scott B.: (are we including Rattle & Hum? It was a live album, but sort of a big one)
Steve Evans: Yeah – I was thinking it’s #5
Scott B.: okay.
Steve Evans: The actual movie is better than the album. Like, way better.
Scott B.: I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the whole movie.
- Unforgettable Fire
Scott B.: I feel like Unforgettable Fire at #4 is giving too much credit to 1 song. Until you reminded me that Pride is on UF, I honestly couldn’t think of a thing about it.
Steve Evans: No, it’s a good one overall. Swap with r&h if you want.
Scott B.: I need a track listing. Hrm. I’m whelmed
Steve Evans: So swap with r&h.
- The Joshua Tree
Steve Evans: #3 – Joshua Tree. I’m not sorry.
Scott B.: Did we place Zooropa somewhere yet?
Scott B.: ha Joshua Tree is #3 for me, too.
Steve Evans: Zooropa is #2. Love Zooropa. Underappreciated but genius.
Scott B.: I don’t love Zooropa as much as you, but I get that it’s better than I think it is
Steve Evans: I mean, maybe Zooropa is 3 and JT 2nd. But top 3
- Achtung Baby
Scott B.: So we’re in agreement that AB is #1?
Steve Evans: Yes.
Scott B.: wow! How about that!
Steve Evans: They were so weird then. Bono was on something FOR SURE. The album art – so embarrassing. And his whole Fly alternative personality thing. Weird. That album came out the day I went into the MTC.
Scott B.: I never heard AB really until just a few years ago. My brother bought it (cassette tape!) back when I was a kid and I heard him playing it over and over in his bedroom and could only hear it through the walls. I didn’t actually even know what the album was, and often (for years) thought that I’d never heard AB when the topic of U2 would come up.
Steve Evans: Ha!
Scott B.: Yeah.