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U2

The Best of 1980-1990

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Globetrotting, ZOOTV megastars that they are now, it is refreshing to be reminded of how U2 began. Less the hype and the electronica bandwagon jumping, U2 were one of the most lyrically and musically potent of the post-punk U.K. bands. The new “hits” compilation thankfully reacquaints us with early classics like “I Will Follow” and “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” Initial copies are also shipping with a limited edition collection of B-sides, which contributes to the sense that this is a nice overview of the band’s most fertile period.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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