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Fans FAQ

  1. What is Propaganda?
  2. What is Melon? Hasta La Vista Baby?
  3. Are there any other U2 fanclubs?
  4. What is a "Wire tag" and how do I get one?
  5. What was the "Wire banner" and where is it now?
  6. What's the answer to that U2-related question supposedly on a Microsoft job application?
  7. How can I get a job working for U2?

1. What is Propaganda?

Propaganda was the official fan club of U2, and the name of the official fan club magazine. The magazine began publishing in 1986 and despite original plans to publish four times a year, managed to put out about 30 issues between 1986 and 2002. New subscriptions stopped being accepted in 2002, and the fanclub was switched to an online version via U2.com.

2. What is Melon? Hasta La Vista Baby?

See the Discography FAQ for an answer.

3. Are there any other U2 fan clubs?

There are no other band-sanctioned fan clubs, but there are certainly other fan clubs that have sprung up around the world. Due to the difficulty in tracking all of these clubs we will not list them here.

4. What is a "Wire tag" and how do I get one?

A "Wire" tag, during PopMart, was a yellow laminated card strung on black cord that read "U2:WIRE", identifying members of the "Wire" mailing list to other members along the PopMart tour. The tags were made and sent out in bulk by a few Wirelings across the world, while some Wirelings made their own. Approximately 2300 tags were produced.

With the proliferation of hundreds of mailing lists in 2000 and 2001, the idea of a "Wire" tag was replaced by a "U2 Fan Tag," the idea being to show that no matter what list(s) we read and take part in, we're all one community of U2 fans. [AI]

5. What was the "Wire banner" and where is it now?

The "Wire" banner was an idea first developed by a group of Wirelings in April, 1997, who were trying to figure out a way for Wire fans to meet during the upcoming tour. Angie Inboden spearheaded the project, and along with the infamous Wire Tags, the Wire Banner was born.

The original banner was made of black fabric with white lettering which read "World Wide WIRE." It traveled to a majority of the first and second leg PopMart shows throughout the U.S. and Europe, before it disappeared at the Thessaloniki, Greece, show on September 26, 1997. The whereabouts of the original banner are to this day still unknown. All four band members, Howie B, and Paul McGuinness had signed the original banner.

In response to the disappearance of the banner, Heidi Dutton led a fundraiser to create a new banner. After much debate, the new banner was created, again on black fabric, which read "WIRE - Not Coming Down." This banner traveled to a majority of the third and fourth leg shows throughout the U.S., South America, Australia, Japan, and South Africa. With hundreds of fans' signatures and thousands of miles travelled, it now resides with Mike and Karen Conway in New York.

An attempt to get the second banner donated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was undertaken, but nothing of substance ever came of it. [MC]

6. What's the answer to that U2-related question supposedly on a Microsoft job application?

This has been going around the Internet for a long time now. Here's the whole question and answer:

U2 has a concert that starts in 17 minutes and they must all cross a bridge to get there. All four men begin on the same side of the bridge. You must help them across to the other side. It is night. There is one flashlight. A maximum of two people can cross at one time. Any party who crosses, either 1 or 2 people, must have the flashlight with them.

The flashlight must be walked back and forth, it cannot be thrown, etc. Each band member walks at a different speed. A pair must walk together at the rate of the slower man's pace:

  • Bono: - 1 minute to cross
  • Edge: - 2 minutes to cross
  • Adam: - 5 minutes to cross
  • Larry: - 10 minutes to cross

For example: if Bono and Larry walk across first, 10 minutes have elapsed when they get to the other side of the bridge. If Larry then returns with the flashlight, a total of 20 minutes have passed and you have failed the mission.

Notes: There is no trick behind this. It is the simple movement of resources in the appropriate order. There are two known answers to this problem. This is based on a question that Microsoft gives to all prospective employees.

Note: Microsoft expects you to answer this question in under 5 minutes!

Solution:

Bono and Edge go over, Bono comes back = 3 minutes
Larry and Adam go over, Edge comes back = 12 minutes
Bono and Edge come back = 2 minutes

7. How can I get a job working for U2?

You can't. They seem to have a policy against hiring fans. Something about the person being too much of a fan and not enough of an employee.