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And on the seventh listen, I rest my case

Updated: February 18, 2009, 1:50 PM ET
By Paul Shirley | Special to ESPN.com

The first CD I purchased with my own money was "Achtung Baby" by U2. I was 13. I had heard "One" and "Mysterious Ways" on the school bus radio and so was excited when I finally had the album containing those songs in my prepubescent hands. When I got home from the Best Buy in Topeka, I jammed the CD into my parents' stereo and prepared my ears for sonic nirvana.

Once there, a strange thing happened. The noises coming out of the speakers were indecipherable to me; I couldn't make ...

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