Actually, I do 'get' U2. It's just that much of it is blustering and false. However, I'm afraid I do prefer then vastly over Simple Minds, who have recorded two good songs, in their entire career: 'I Travel' and 'Life In A Day'.
Another bunch who've taken the U2 template and done precious little with it are Coldplay. Utter shit. They're just a souless U2 tribute band, IMO.