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Functioning As A Machine That Hates U2

By johnboy - 20 July 2011 15

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Young local artistes under the leadership of David Finnigan have been hard at work to create a series of audio… audio things.

Things expressing that, for a generation growing up in the twilight of U2’s career, it’s hard to get what the excitement was all about.

Sometimes good people do bad things.

In 2010, David Finig obtained a copy of Eamon Dunphy’s UNFORGETTABLE FIRE: THE STORY OF U2 and was so consumed by fury that he was unable to laugh, think or truly know peace for many months thereafter. Reduced to functioning more or less as a machine that hates U2, Finig vented his vitriol by churning out pages and pages of an unperformable script – script with no characters, plot or action – a meditation, if you will – an experiment, perhaps, in what you can get away with. Interpolating huge gluts of found text and crowd-sourced commentary (via Facebook), as well as an entire subplot about the Cardinal Pell Award for students who excel in undergraduate Theology, Functioning As A Machine That Hates U2 is less a playscript than it is a critical mass of fever dreams circa autumn 2011.

Rather than letting this travesty sink like a stone into the depths of his hard drive, however, Finig contacted five very special young groups of theatre-makers. Dividing up the script (if you can call it that) into five parts, each group was given the task of performing it – somehow – as a radio play. The five sections, when completed, were returned and reassembled (by Nickamc’s magic hands) into a 12-part audio miniseries, available for free download. Free! (Yes, free – do you remember when that was a good thing? When you used to get excited at the thought of things being free?)

Warning, the language can be a little ripe.

[Photo by massygo CC BY]

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15 Responses to
Functioning As A Machine That Hates U2
Thumper 9:06 am 21 Jul 11

Hate is such a harsh word.

Intense dislike would be closer to the mark.

Watson 8:05 am 21 Jul 11

To hate U2 would be to hate my teenage years and I’m way too old for that!

blind 12:18 am 21 Jul 11

1. I doubt you hate U2 as much as I do. 2. And yet, there’s a simple honesty to the refrain ‘I still haven’t found what I’m looking for’ that gets me every time.

gospeedygo 11:37 pm 20 Jul 11

Read U2 the early years by Bill Graham. I hate U2 but I still get it in a way.

Mysteryman 3:59 pm 20 Jul 11

blind said :

I read about 2 pages of rambling garbage before giving up and skimming through the rest. It just goes on like that. For 15,000 words.

I think this more or less captures the essence of the project – do you mind if I quote you on the website? Thank you, sir!

Sure. Anything to warn to others.

blind 3:31 pm 20 Jul 11

I read about 2 pages of rambling garbage before giving up and skimming through the rest. It just goes on like that. For 15,000 words.

I think this more or less captures the essence of the project – do you mind if I quote you on the website? Thank you, sir!

johnboy 2:54 pm 20 Jul 11

I never recommended reading it!

Mysteryman 2:45 pm 20 Jul 11

I downloaded the text document from Finnigan’s website.

I read about 2 pages of rambling garbage before giving up and skimming through the rest. It just goes on like that. For 15,000 words.

yellowsnow 1:54 pm 20 Jul 11

I like the sound of Finnigan’s silence.

Just think of what he could achieve if he channelled his U2 hating energies towards more positive pursuits — like hating ute driving hoons, or developers.

Erg0 12:08 pm 20 Jul 11

I Like Their Old Stuff Better Than Their New Stuff.

EvanJames 11:43 am 20 Jul 11

They became what they started out raging against, that’s their big problem. That, and they’re bloated and boring.

Mysteryman 10:40 am 20 Jul 11

I like U2. I also don’t understand extreme anti-U2 sentiments. There are plenty of bands/acts that I don’t like. I choose not to listen to them. It’s pretty simple.

Classified 10:29 am 20 Jul 11

U2 are like lots of other superbands. Their early stuff that won them fans is great, but over time they get tired and a bit boring.

ConanOfCooma 9:44 am 20 Jul 11

I love U2, the over production, and how every album sounds the same!

johnboy 9:31 am 20 Jul 11

Somewhat embarrassingly a late night facebook chat of mine has ended up in there. Just call me a u2 apologist.

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