It's official - Where The Streets Have No Name is the best song ever made. 11 O'clock Tick Tock is my FAVOURITE, but it's not the best. But ... hang on, there's also New Year's Day. Oh well, they're both superior songs. I'm even game enough to say if you don't like those songs, you have no musical taste.
Three points now.
1. This is my last day of holidays. Woe and tragedy. Where have the last three and a half weeks gone? Wow. This year is flying by and I don't like it much.
2. I keep forgetting to mention I have new outdoor glasses and will have my new reading pair very soon. The outdoor pair arrived in sometime last week, but because I never wear them at the computer, I kept forgetting to mention them. I've only worn them twice since I got them, because I go nowhere on holidays and am generally a rather boring, stay-at-my-computer kind of person. I rather like them though and can't wait for my reading pair to get in.
3. People, courtesy is a good thing. You can't just go around insulting other commenters on my journal without any justification. Yes, this is a VERY SUBTLE HINT. At least state the reason that justifies your statement, if you must make it at all.
Now, with that out of the way, light_so_bright and I are going to settle a little dispute we have by means of a poll on my journal. I personally think the answer is obvious to any reasonable listener, but Lauren stubbornly begs to differ, so let's see what the rest of you think. Who is the better singer - Clay Aiken or Bono?
Important request. If you have not already voted on this poll, please DO NOT VOTE. There will be no more voting and the results shall be left at 23-22 to Bono. I will not disclose the reasons for this, though I'm sure Lauren and Kate will have some idea why. Please honour this request. If you're that desperate to express your opinion, post a comment.
Later edit to the request: Can't you people READ? I just said DO NOT VOTE ON THE POLL, it is staying at 23-22 for personal reasons only disclosed to two people. THAT IS HOW IT WAS MEANT TO STAY. Whoever voted on this poll, I'll find out where you park your car. I'm not locking this to friends, because that's silly and I assume people have enough intelligence to follow a basic direction. IF YOU WANT TO EXPRESS YOUR OPINION ON THE POLL, LEAVE A COMMENT. If anyone in future votes, you are a bloody illiterate moron. It's meant to be 23-22 to Bono. There's now nothing I can do about it because of someone's ignorance, but that's that.
DO NOT VOTE ON THE POLL! Voting has ceased. It is no more. Do not utilise this poll. It's ended. That's that. Thank you.
Who is the better singer?
Paul 'Bono Vox' Hewson of U2
Clarification: it turns out the Clay fans cheated and thus we have a significantly biased result. A truer result is at least fifteen votes in favour of Bono.
All you need to do is watch Clay's cover of Streets and then listen to any Lovetown performance of Streets to see Bono is clearly the better singer. Really, listen to any performance of Streets - the studio version, a ZooTV version, even the Popmart Sarajevo concert where Bono half-loses his voice! He's still the better singer no matter what way you look at it. Clay couldn't even dream of holding a candle to Mister Vox. Bono runs rings around him, and I don't see how anyone could view it otherwise. Unlike Clay, Bono has been singing for nearly thirty years - longer than Aiken has even been alive! - been at the top of rock music for over twenty years, and continues to do what he does best. NO-ONE has the passion, power, or emotion of Bono. NO-ONE. He can move, influence, and transform emotions with a single scream (just see A Sort Of Homecoming), while Aiken could only DREAM of doing that with fifty songs. Bono can sing in multiple languages, multiple accents, and for the space of two years, flawlessly performed the encores of some of the largest rock concerts ever held in non-native accents. And wow, MacPhisto ruled.
Bono's style is completely unique and individual. No-one sings like he does, all imitators fall at the wayside, and the way he conveys heartfelt emotion is simply amazing. Aiken sure can't move audiences to love and hate, feel joy and sorrow, or rejoice spiritually and feel the darkest depths of the soul like Bono can by simply opening his mouth. Bono should win simply for still having any voice, considering how he used it back in the eighties. And he's got such an amazing ability, from the Dirty Day and Lemon falsetto to the soft and beautiful Promenade and Grace. Bono's done just about everything besides rap, performed with the likes of Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, and Pavarotti, and basically shown how it's done. He's known as Bono Vox, 'Great Voice', for a reason.
And who's Clay Aiken? Some fellow who appeared on an Idol show. Uh ... yeah. You're trying to tell me he can hold a candle to the greatest rock singer on the planet, the man who has sung to some of the largest audiences in history, who has changed the course of history, and had not just worldwide success but worldwide dominance? Pull the other one.
Vote for Bono. You won't regret it, though you would regret a vote for Clay.
Let's settle another old dispute!
Who is the greatest band or artist of all time?
Tough choice! I think I'll vote for U2. How about you?
To conclude, go Bono, go U2.