U2101 – All Because of You

Today’s topic is a song that I don’t hear fans talking about very often, but one that U2 thought highly enough of to release as a single. I’m talking about “All Because of You”, from U2’s 2004 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. “All Because of You” was released as a single in Canada in February of 2005, and in the rest of the world starting in October of that same year. The song performed reasonably well in the charts, peaking in the top ten in several countries, including reaching number one in Canada. Musically, “All Because of […]

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U2101 – Drowning Man

There are a few songs in U2’s catalog that the band has never played live. Songs like “Acrobat” and “Red Hill Mining Town” that, despite the most fervent hopes of the band’s fan-base, have never made the transition to an on-stage performance. Add to that list today’s topic, “Drowning Man”, from 1983’s War album. “Drowning Man” is a fairly straight-forward love song, and it’s easy to imagine Bono thinking of Ali when he wrote these words. The couple were newly-weds, having been married for just about six months when War hit record store shelves. Bono’s passion for his new bride […]

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Happy Bono’s Birthday!

If you’re in Europe, Bono’s birthday was yesterday. If you’re in the U.S., Bono’s birthday was today. So here’s a brain teaser: If Bono, who lives in Europe but was in the U.S. yesterday (and we believe he was)…then was his birthday yesterday or today? Hmmmm… Every year, Bono’s birthday is marked by a variety of initiatives – most of which involve fans like us creating memes for one another to enjoy (here’s mine.) One initiative that has worldwide acclaim, though, is Build a Well for Bono’s Birthday. I wrote about it two years ago here, for those who aren’t […]

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U2101 – Beat On the Brat

A lot has been said and written over the years about the legitimacy of Bono’s claims that U2 is a punk band. I personally believe that although their do-it-yourself origins qualify as extremely punk-ish, most of their music doesn’t meet the hard and fast qualifications of punk rock. I say “most of their music” because in 2002, U2 recorded an extremely faithful cover of “Beat On the Brat”, the original of which was recorded and written by American punk icons The Ramones. If this track doesn’t qualify as punk rock, then neither does anything in the Ramones’ whole catalog. U2’s […]

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U2101 – Tomorrow

I’ve written in the past about Bono’s ability to write lyrics that seem to be about more than one thing. I feel that it’s probably his greatest gift as a songwriter, and today’s song is one of the earliest examples of this talent in action. From 1981’s October “Tomorrow” is one of the most overtly obvious songs about Bono’s mother, but it’s also one of U2’s most conspicuously Christian songs. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to imagine the profound effect that the death of Bono’s mother had on him, not just as an artist but as a person. Especially […]

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