U2 Talk 2 U
August 11, 2015 2:31 PM   Subscribe

In the midst of their five night engagement at Madison Square Garden, members of U2 took a bit of time off from their usual gig. First, Adam Clayton and the Edge made a surprise appearance at the 20th anniversary party of fansite @U2, joining a tribute band onstage to play a couple of songs. Then, the entire band sat down with the Scotts for the U Talkin' U2 To Me? episode years in the making, including multiple I Love Films segments and the band finally giving the Scotts some swag. (Still no t-shirts.)
posted by kmz (26 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
So been waiting for this, thanks!!!
posted by Cosine at 2:38 PM on August 11, 2015

But wait, this is the Internet, we're only allowed to hate everything U2.

Isn't that in the contract? Aren't we going to lose our cred?

[This is good]
posted by eriko at 2:42 PM on August 11, 2015 [6 favorites]

That's completely awesome.
posted by uberchet at 2:46 PM on August 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

It's been a long time since I really listened to U2, but this is fantastic. I guess I'm in an emotional mood because it made me tear up knowing how happy it made their fans.
posted by missmerrymack at 2:51 PM on August 11, 2015

It's been a long time since I really listened to U2

Might you say 'SBEENAWHIIILE?
posted by incomple at 2:52 PM on August 11, 2015 [19 favorites]

Might you say 'SBEENAWHIIILE?
Googling didn't even help me with that one!
posted by missmerrymack at 2:59 PM on August 11, 2015

God bless those loveable lads from Liverpool!
posted by Atom Eyes at 3:01 PM on August 11, 2015 [15 favorites]

but no college girls?
posted by Shepherd at 3:03 PM on August 11, 2015 [4 favorites]

Who is in the band?
posted by Midnight Rambler at 3:05 PM on August 11, 2015 [3 favorites]

For a tiny, tiny group this podcast is a massive meme generator!

This is good rock and uh roll music.
posted by Cosine at 3:10 PM on August 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

That was out of control, that was.
posted by Chuffy at 3:12 PM on August 11, 2015

Who is in the band?

Bonobos, Thedge, Larry Mullen Senior's Son and Adam Clay 2000 Pounds, of course.

Also meant to link this but forgot: with the help of Jimmy Fallon, Bono rides a bike for the first time after his accident.
posted by kmz at 3:15 PM on August 11, 2015 [7 favorites]

Thanks, The Edge.
posted by Wolfdog at 3:25 PM on August 11, 2015 [5 favorites]

Minor correction: it was an 8 night engagement at Madison Square Garden.

Good, fun interview!
posted by adamp88 at 3:47 PM on August 11, 2015

These guys are from England and who gives a shit?

...See, when you come out of those up-tempo goddamn numbers, man, it's impossible to make those transitions
posted by delfin at 4:41 PM on August 11, 2015 [4 favorites]

This has been one of my favorite podcasts and I'm sorry to see it end, if indeed it is really ending. The previous episode, when they attend a show and very briefly meet Adam and Bono is also pretty good.

Aside from this last episode, very little of the podcast is actually about U2.
posted by bondcliff at 6:31 PM on August 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

Good ep.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 6:36 PM on August 11, 2015 [8 favorites]

Killer ep.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:54 PM on August 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

if it turns out to be so, it was a C+ ending to a C+ podcast. Also the drawing that Bonobos made for the Scotts would officially be declared my most treasured possession.
posted by flyingisfearfulofme at 7:19 PM on August 11, 2015 [2 favorites]

As a non-U2'er— I fell into listening to this podcast after listening to the late, great Harris Wittels host another great podcast with Scott Auckerman called Analyse Phish where he tries to make Scott (Comedy Bang-Bang) realize the greatness of Phish.

This podcast takes it to another level of just random fun bantering between two friends, and it's just absolutely perfect and joy-inducing that it actually ended with U2 turning up (without any god-damn t-shirts!) for an interview. Pure joy.

Every time you hear Adam Scott (of Parks and Rec fame) say "Hmm that's great" you'll smile knowing that he's cringing to his core listening back to it.

So yourself a favour, plow into it.
posted by Static Vagabond at 8:08 PM on August 11, 2015 [6 favorites]

Great ep.
posted by krinklyfig at 7:10 AM on August 12, 2015

I loved that the band cracked up whenever Scott & Scott segued into an episode of "I Love Films." It could have been really awkward, but they totally got it.

Also Bonobos' illustration gift...
posted by krinklyfig at 7:15 AM on August 12, 2015

I can't believe that after finally getting the band's juicy butts on the podcast the Scotts didn't ask the band when they first heard of U2.

I'm just waiting for this to be revealed as a successful marketing move by U2 to tap into the lucrative comedy podcast nerd demographic. I know I've listened to more U2 since I started listening to UTU2tM?.
posted by memento maury at 9:26 AM on August 12, 2015

As a big CBB fan, I was really puzzled when I first heard about UTU22M. I'm old enough that U2 wasn't always a punchline for me, but the idea that the Scotts were actual serious fans of the band took a bit of getting used to. Regardless, it was great podcast because it's two amazing comedian friends just shooting the shit and goofing with each other, which I'm always happy to listen to.

At the very end of the last (hopefully not?) episode, Scott goes into a nice bit about how damaging the culture of being too cool to like anything can be, and how amazing it was for them to see the fan response to show even among people who don't like U2. Definitely seemed to be a nice answer to the reservations about the subject matter I had going in.

My only major gripe with the interview: I know it would have been a little tacky for him to say anything in the moment, but given that one of Scott's go-to bits is doing a bad John Lennon impression ("Uuuuoooh Oym the world's biggest creep!") that seems to come from a place of genuine (deserved) disrespect for the guy, it was a little jarring to hear him right there with Bono in commemorating the dude.
posted by SpiffyRob at 11:59 AM on August 12, 2015

Meh, they jumped the shark the last episode anyway, but those first few... pure comedy gold. It was much more fun when they were just geeky fanboys havin' fun. Oh, and Terrorist Wittels.
posted by anarch at 1:15 AM on August 13, 2015

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