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 […]
Like millions of people across the globe, I was shocked and dismayed this past week to learn of the passing of Prince. I wanted to write something this weekend about the few times that U2’s and Prince’s lives intersected, but I was conflicted as to what precisely my topic should be. At first, I was leaning toward this performance from 1995, when Bono joined Prince on stage in Dublin for a performance of the latter’s song “The Cross”. To be honest, though, I didn’t think I could get five hundred words out of that topic, so I decided on the […]
Which U2 song sounds the most like Prince? That’s hard to say, because Prince had so many “sounds” that it would be almost impossible to pin him down to a single musical style. Who else does that remind you of? Yep! That’s just one of the many crossovers we can find when comparing U2 with Prince. Think about these other similarities: God is in their lyrics in the most beautiful, unexpected ways – and their lives have been marked by spiritual evolutions that were parallel to the evolutions of their careers. Sexual metaphors are abundant in their songs – although […]
Like many U2 fans (and like Bono himself, if the stories are to be believed), I own a copy of the CD set Salome: The (Axtung Beibi) Outtakes, a three CD bootleg set of early recordings from the Achtung Baby sessions. This set is essential for any hardcore U2 fan because it shows the evolution behind one of the greatest albums of the twentieth century, depicting the creative process of one of the era’s greatest bands. If Achtung Baby is the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree, then the Salome set shows the band learning how to […]
I think I’ve mentioned before that I have serious problems with being indecisive, especially when U2 has so many ridiculously great songs in their catalogue that just beg to be given attention. It’s a real struggle to choose just one song for a post. But this time, I had a sudden epiphany, an epiphany that came to me as I was contemplating the wonders of facepaint and Spandex: I haven’t done a MacPhisto song yet! I know, I know. How could I have gone for so long without mentioning such an auspicious character, such a venerated part […]
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