Works faster than caffeine
Bono starts the song saying Unos Dos Tres Catorce
which means “1, 2, 3, 14” in Spanish.
Some believe that he referred to the Bible:
1st Testament, 2nd Book, 3rd Chapter, 14th verse.
“And God said unto Moses, I am that I am: and he said,
thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I am that
sent me unto you.”
Others say that he did it because it was the first single of
How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, U2’s 14th LP.
As we know, Bono was/still is a preaching
rock ‘n’ roll star, so I go for the Bible quote.
Anyway Vertigo it’s a master blaster.
1, 2, 3, 14…
27 March 2022
Irish heroes U2 went on a roof in LA to perform WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME (from their blockbuster LP The Joshua Three) this day in 1987, probably inspired by the legendary roof showing of the Fab Fourin 1969.
Thousands of people danced in the nameless streets and traffic was blocked. The police got scared of this situation and stopped the spectacle a few minutes after Bono turned up the heat in the City of Angels.
Back In Time
21 March 2022
THE JOSHUA TREE, the Irish rockers’ fifth album, produced by Daniel Lanois and
Brian Eno made them global celebrities. The record was inspired by their American
tour experiences, relating literature and Uncle Sam’s politics, and probably because
of their desire to be massive in the U.S.
It reached the top spot in several European countries, in New Zealand,
in Canada and (of course) in the UK where U2 hit numero uno this day
in 1987, 35 years ago.
Singles/clips: I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
/ Where The Streets Have No Name / With Or Without You
– I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR –
WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME –
– WITH OR WITHOUT YOU –
Album in full…
Top singles from the past
15 February 2022
DISCOTHEQUE was the first single of the Irish meagstars’ 9th album Pop.
It hit the top spot of the UK singles charts (in many other countries too)
on 15 February 1997 – yes, already 25 years ago.
It’s a swirling dancefloor steamroller with an electro-fying impact on
all your senses and limbs. In the accompanying video clip U2 performed
inside of a giant mirrorball and their The Village People outfits alluded to
the 70s disco era.
Get up and dance, ladies and gents
31 January 2022
Back in 1983 Irish mega stars U2 released their political classic
SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY. The song describes the horror felt
by an observer of the The Troubles In Northern Ireland, the
devastating Ethno-nationalist conflict (Protestants vs Catholics,
Nationalists vs Unionists) that lasted for about 30 years, late 60s
The most dramatic event was the killing of 14 unarmed civil rights
protesters by British troops in Derry on Sunday, January 30, 1972,
50 years ago.
To remember that awful day, 50 years later, Bono and The Edge
performed a gripping acoustic version of Sunday Bloody Sunday.
With or without you?
Full NME feature about Bono’s confessions here
Back in time
18 November 2021
Active: Since 1976 / 14 studio LPs (so far)
Anniversary album: ACHTUNG BABY – 7th LP
Released: 18 November 1991- 30 years ago today
Pitchfork said: “Achtung Baby is rightly known as one of rock’s greatest reinventions
because it was so complete. Sure, U2 changed their sound from chiming melodics to lurching, distorted rhythm. But they also changed their attitude, their demeanor, their look, their ideas on how to deal with celebrity.
All of a sudden, they were funny, sexy, a bit dangerous– three things few would’ve associated with U2 in the 80s. And yet, at their core, the band’s values remained constant. They were still ethically minded and interested in the real-life connection between living beings. But the way they went about projecting those core tenets flipped. In TV-news parlance, their attitude switched from “60 Minutes” to “The Colbert Report”. Score: 9.5/10.
Turn Up The Volume: Big bands make big records filled
with big songs like U2 with this big masterpiece.
Singles/clips: The Fly / Mysterious Ways / Zoo Station / One
– THE FLY –
– MYSTERIOUS WAYS –
– ZOO STATION –
– ONE –
Full album on Spotify…
All info about the 30th-Anniversary Edition here
15 November 2021
Unos, dos, tres, catorce
Turn it up loud, captain
Hello, hello (hola)
I’m at a place called Vertigo (¿dónde está?)
It’s everything I wish I didn’t know
Except you give me something
I can feel, feel