27 March 2021
Single: WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME (1987)
Score: #1 in Ireland and New-Zealand, #4 in the UK
and #13 in the US
Album: The Joshua Three
The clip for the song, unquestionably inspired by The Beatles‘ legendary roof
performance in London in 1969, was shot on the roof of a store in downtown
Los Angeles (no idea why they didn’t go to New York, that’s THE city where the
streets have no names) on 27 March 1987. The shoot was ended by the police
when the traffic got stuck as hundreds of enthusiastic passers-by blocked the
streets. Rock ‘n’ roll!!
Let’s hit the roof…
Great albums from the past celebrating a birthday…
– LOVE IT TO DEATH – ALICE COOPER – third LP
Released: 9 March 1971 – 50 years ago today
Key track: I’m Eighteen
– THE JOSHUA THREE – U2 – 5th LP
Released: 9 March 1987 – 34 years ago today
Key tracks: Where the Streets Have No Name / I Still Haven’t
Found What I’m Looking For / With or Without You
– SMOKE RING FOR MY HALO – KURT VILE – 4th LP
Released: 8 March 2011 – 10 years ago yesterday
Key track: Baby’s Arms
RATTLE AND HUM (1988)
A documentary of U2 on their
Fall 1987 tour of North America.
4 January 2021
OMG! I miss live music so much. For years a great and important piece of my life took/takes place in concert venues, small and big, enjoying the ecstatic, buzzing,
boosting, mind-boggling and out-of-control experience of a gig. In the past years,
I saw a yearly average of 200 artists doing their thing on a stage. In 2020 I was at
3 concerts, yes, just 3 !!! And we all know why. Fuck that awful coronavirus.
And so far, 2021 doesn’t look hopeful yet.
Fingers crossed. Bring on the vaccine!
I need my shots of live adrenaline.
I want to go out-of-control again!
Here comes… THE EDGE
15 November 2020
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
Lust For Life by IGGY POP
I got a lust for life
Lust for life
I got a lust for life
Lust for life
People Have The Power by PATTI SMITH
The people have the power
To redeem the work of fools…
Pride (The Name Of Love) by U2
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride
1 November 2020
Album: ALL THAT YOU CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND – 10th LP
Released: 30 October 2000 – 20 years ago
Score: #1 in most European countries and #3 in the US
AllMusic/Stephen Thomas Erlewine review: The title signifies more than it seems,
since the group sifts through its past, working with Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, all in
an effort to construct a classicist U2 album. Thankfully, it’s a rock record from a band
that absorbed all the elastic experimentation, studio trickery, dance flirtations, and
genre-bending of ‘Achtung Baby’, ‘Zooropa’, and ‘Pop’.
All That You Can’t Leave Behind winds up being a work of modest pleasures, where
the way the verse eases into the chorus means more than the overall message, and
this is truly the first U2 album where that sentiment applies, but there is genuine
pleasure in their craft, for the band and listener alike.” Score: 4/5.
Paul David Hewson aka Bono: “The only person who ever called me Paul was
my father, so I always associate it with doing something wrong, you know.
Turn Up The Volume: Along with ‘Achtung Baby’ the Irish stadium rockers’
best album. All pop killers, no fillers. Seems like they found what they were
Key tracks: Elevation / Kite / Grace
– ELEVATION –
– KITE –
– GRACE –
20 October 2020
Label: Island Records
Producer: Steve Lillywhite
Artwork: The ‘boy’ is Peter Rowen, the younger brother
of Guggi then a member of the Virgin Prunes and close
friend of Bono.
Released: 20 October 1980 – 40 years ago today
Score: (only) #52 in the UK
BBC Music: “U2’s debut album, was originally to be produced by Martin Hannett, but
at the last minute he withdrew, distraught over the recent death of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. Imagine how the universe-gobbling careers of the four boys from Dublin would have fared
in the hands of the Mancunian experimentalist… In interviews of the time the band hinted
that their collective christianity had informed the writing. It would take a few more years
before Bono’s words matched his vaulting ambitions and messianic zeal. Also, musically,
it lacks a satisfying variety, with most songs fitting the same skittering four-four pattern
shaded by the Edge’s minimal chords, arpeggios and ringing harmonics… but all the
warning signs were here in this brave, life-affirming cry of youthful defiance.”
Bono: “God’s Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that
can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. I love that.”
Turn Up The Volume: The first signs of messianic stadium rock.
Bono has found what he was looking for by now, with or without
you, on the streets with no name. Hallelujah, it’s a beautiful day
when we are all ‘one’.
Key tracks: I Will Follow / Out Of Control
– I WILL FOLLOW –
– OUT OF CONTROL –
(Stunning live version)
Memorable festival flashes to heal this summer’s ‘no festivals’ pain…
12 July 2020
On 13th July 1985, 35 years ago, massive concert event LIVE AID was organized
by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the immensely dramatic Ethiopian
Announced as the ‘global jukebox’, the marathon was held simultaneously
at Wembley Stadium in London for 72,000 people, and at John F. Kennedy
Stadium in Philadelphia with a crowd of 89,500. And an audience of 1.9 billion
TV viewers across 150 nations, that’s nearly 40% of the world population!
One of the most memorable performances was by U2.
The Irish rockers – read Bono – stunned Wembley and
the whole wide world with epic renditions of Sunday
Bloody Sunday and Bad. Relive it here…
– BAD –
– SUNDAY BLOODY SUNDAY –