Hvem er hvem?

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På samme måde en dertil overkvalificeret mand som Henrik Qvortrup gik ind og satte sig tungt på redaktørstolen hos et kulørt ugeblad, fordi, som han vistnok sagde, “nogen skal jo gøre det beskidte job”, indvilliger vi her frivilligt i at spare U2’s organisation ethvert arbejde med udvælgelse af numre til en kommende best-of-plade. Her et helhjertet bud på hvordan en best-of – nej, IKKE en greatest hits – med U2 bør se ud:

11 O’Clock Tick Tock
Twilight
Another Time, Another Place
The Unforgettable Fire
All I Want Is You
One
Until The End Of The World
Love Is Blindness
Zooropa
Stay (Faraway, So Close)
Miss Sarajevo
Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me
Gone
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
In A Little While
Electrical Storm

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  1. ikke helt…

    Found What You’re Looking For? U2 Inspire Irish Ire By Avoiding Tax

    · Band shifts financial affairs to Netherlands · Bono criticised for deals while calling for debt relief

    Bono may be celebrated for browbeating world leaders into funding debt relief for developing countries, but his Irish rock band is facing criticism for switching its financial affairs overseas to avoid paying higher taxes.

    U2’s move has been revealed as Bono’s California-based venture capital firm, Elevation Partners, confirmed it had invested around $300m (£157m) in Forbes, the US business magazine frequently described as the “bible of capitalism”.

    Irish politicians have expressed surprise at U2’s decision to move part of its multi-million pound operation from Ireland to Amsterdam. The tax rate on royalty earnings in the Netherlands – where many of the Rolling Stones’ assets are based – is only a few per cent.

    U2’s changeover may have been triggered by reforms announced last December by the Irish finance minister, Brian Cowen, who imposed a cap of €250,000 (£168,000) on tax-free incomes for artists resident in the republic. Before the cap, the scheme attracted many famous names to Ireland. But the government came under pressure to curtail the incomes of those benefiting disproportionately from the scheme.

    At the time Mr Cowen said: “We cannot stand over a situation in which some high-earning tax residents, through the use of incentive reliefs, can reduce their taxable income to nil.”

    The Irish Labour party’s finance spokeswoman, Joan Burton, said this week: “Having listened to Bono on the necessity for the Irish government to give more money to Ireland Aid … I am surprised that U2 are not prepared to contribute to the exchequer on a fair basis along with the bulk of Irish taxpayers.”

    Corporation tax in Ireland is only 12.5%. The standard rate of personal tax is 20%, rising to a top rate of 42%. The band had been able to claim artists’ tax relief as songwriters, but the scheme did not cover income from tours and performances.

    Alongside Bob Geldof, Bono has spent years cajoling US presidents and other world leaders into increasing debt relief to poorer countries, improving aid to Africa and helping Aids victims. U2’s donations to aid organisations have always remained anonymous, although the royalties from several of their songs have been given to charities.

    The band will continue to live and work in Ireland, paying other taxes. Like other bands, the source added, U2 “try to be as tax efficient as possible”. Principle Management, which controls U2’s financial affairs, would not comment.

    Elevation Partners is a private venture capital firm with six partners, one of whom is Bono. It has an estimated capital value of $1.9bn. U2 were said to be the world’s most lucrative group last year, earning more than €210m.

    Their success, however, has generated signs of resentment.

    Proposals to construct a so-called U2 Tower – the tallest residential development in Ireland on the southside of the Liffey river – have drawn complaints from locals in Dublin’s Ringsend. The tower, a 31-floor construction, will house luxury apartments and provide space for the band’s recording studios.

    The building was originally scheduled to be 60 metres (197ft) high, but last month permission was granted for it to rise to 100 metres. “This tower is going to appear as a monstrosity in what used to be a small maritime village,” Damien Cassidy of the Ringsend Environmental Group told BBC radio earlier this week.

    By Guardian Unlimited © Copyright Guardian Newspapers 2006
    Published: 8/8/2006

  2. Tja jeg synes foreslaget er glimrende. Dog er jeg også glad for numrene:

    Please
    Wake up dead man
    Discotheque
    Tryin’ to throw your arms around the world

    Jeg synes U2’s interessante periode er i halvfemserne. Pladerne fra firserne siger mig ikke en pind og de seneste to er middel i mine øjne. Så dem i Forum i 2001 , hvilket var en god oplevelse, men for meget under the bloody red sky og for meget frelsthed på en billig baggrund. Hvis de var så forhippet på at redde verden kunne de starte med at betale skat i deres egne hjemlande !!!

  3. Hov jeg glemte bonusnummeret – Money Makes The World Go Around i samspil med Liza Minelli og Offspring.

  4. Mine bud:

    A Day Without Me
    Until The End Of The World
    Acrobat
    Love Is Blindness
    Running To Stand Still
    Bullet The Blue Sky
    With A Shout
    October
    All I Want Is You
    The Unforgettable Fire
    Bad
    New Year’s Day
    Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

    For mig kan et mesterværk ikke indeholde et eneste svagt nummer, og det gør Achtung Baby som fx. Who’s Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses (der endda blev til en single) og So Cruel. Mysterious Ways er heller ikke min kop te.

  5. Hvad kan man sige? Det må konstateres, at der vel så ikke var et eneste nummer, der var værd at lytte til på “The Joshua Tree”.

    Postulatet herfra skal være, at ”Achtung Baby” i sig selv er en slags ”Best Of”. Ganske enkelt et mesterværk.

    Teknisk set er ”Miss Sarajevo” vel i øvrigt ikke et U2 nummer.

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