Archive for the 'U2' Category

U2 collaborations: Robbie Robertson’s “Sweet Fire of Love” (1987)

Posted by pharland on November 21st, 2007 filed in 1980s, Band, The, Dylan, Bob, Lanois, Daniel, U2

Robbie Robertson’s debut solo album of 1987 is significant for several reasons, including his team-up with U2.First of all, the album reflects Robbie Robertson’s first substantial musical contribution since the dissolution of The Band, whose final performance of 1976 was captured in Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. Over ten years had passed, and this length of [...]

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U2′s Bono on the new song “Wave of Sorrow” (Joshua Tree remastered)

Posted by pharland on November 14th, 2007 filed in 1980s, U2

The release of the remastered edition of Joshua Tree (original 1987) is coming up in a few days and the 2 or 3 disc editions (“deluxe” and “superdeluxe”) include the original B-sides, along with a few previously unreleased songs. One of these songs is “Wave of Sorrow” which, as Bono explains, is based on Bono [...]

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New book on U2′s Achtung Baby (33 1/3 series)

Posted by pharland on October 14th, 2007 filed in 1990s, Music and religion, Reviews of books on music, U2

I have been a U2 fan for a good number of years (since about 1983), so I was interested to hear that a book was coming out about the ground-breaking Achtung Baby (1991). I’m also a student of the history of religion, as well as religion and popular culture, so I wasn’t turned off by [...]

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Bands of the 1980s: The Alarm

Posted by pharland on September 24th, 2007 filed in 1980s, Alarm, Alternative / Experimental, Artists / Bands, U2

Listen as you read: “The Stand” (audio snippet from first self-titled ["Eponymous"] album, © 1983 IRS). One band that very few seem to remember (at least in North America), even if they were teenagers in the 1980s, is The Alarm (full discography). The Alarm was a contemporary of both U2 and Simple Minds, and there [...]

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