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U2101 – I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about “Stand Up Comedy”, a song that contains some lyrics that I referred to as “sloganeering”. Well, another song that fits the same mold, and also happens to be from the same album, is this week’s topic. Despite its similarities to “Stand Up Comedy”, “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” (hereafter shortened to simply “Crazy Tonight”) turned out quite a bit better than the former song, and is possibly the best song on No Line on the Horizon.

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U2101 – Wake Up Dead Man

“Wake Up Dead Man” started its life during the recording sessions for Achtung Baby, as a germ of a lyrical idea that Bono sang during the chorus of what would later become “Blow Your House Down”. It seems that the band liked the idea enough to further work on it during the sessions for Zooropa, because the title is one of those hidden in the cover art for that album. What is unknown is how much the song changed during the Zooropa sessions. Did it remain true to its origins as part of what we now know as “Blow Your […]

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Bono caught up in Nice Terror attack

U2 rock star Bono had to be rescued by armed police after being caught up in the Bastille Day Nice massacre, it emerged today. The 56-year-old singer was on the terrace of La Petite Maison, next to the seafront in the French city when mass murderer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel struck. After Bouhlel drove a hired lorry into crowds enjoying a holiday firework display, killing 84 including 10 children, Bono and other diners were gripped by fear. Since the attack, U2 posted on their Twitter account a picture of guitarist Edge with the message: “Love is bigger than anything in its […]

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U2’s Summer of Busting their Ass

It’s not over yet, is it? Remember, “we’re busting our ass” is straight from The Edge’s mouth (otherwise, I probably wouldn’t title a blog post that way). That was about two weeks ago when the band was all together in LA recording, working with Skrillex and talking about new instruments. This week, it looks like Edge is in Boston, Adam is in Sao Paulo and Bono is floating around on boats in St. Tropez, which is arguably his favorite summertime activity (see UK press coverage of Bono every summer for the past 15 years; Bono loves his summertime French Riviera boating, no doubt). Other […]

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U2101 – Stand Up Comedy

As much as we all love U2, there are a few songs in their catalog that never hit it off with the fans. “Miami”, from Pop is one such song, as is “Scarlet” from October. Another example of these fan non-favorites is today’s topic, “Stand Up Comedy”, from No Line on the Horizon. I hope to cast this song in a new light today and celebrate the many things about “Stand Up Comedy” that there are to like.

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Laughter is eternity if joy is real

As a creative writer and as an amateur journalist, I love a good one-liner. I’m always looking for a solid soundbite for a story or an article, something short and punchy and memorable. And whether you love it or you hate it, NLOTH is full of them, and Get On Your Boots in particular is a goldmine. (Actually, come to think of it, Bono himself is a goldmine in that regard.) For myself, I love this song, and I’m not quite sure why so many fans dislike it. Maybe it’s the quotability of Bono’s catchphrases, or maybe it’s Adam’s refreshingly […]

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U2101 – Miss Sarajevo

The story of the song “Miss Sarajevo” starts during the ZooTV Tour, when film-maker and activist Bill Carter approached the band in an attempt to get them involved in providing assistance to the under siege city of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Humanitarian Bono immediately wanted the band to perform a concert in the city, but reason prevailed and it was decided to instead offer a spot during the nightly ZooTV gigs to showcasing the plight of those living in the war-torn city.

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