Sunday, November 27, 2005

Bono: the Rolling Stone Interview

Courtney brought her old RS with Bono on the cover this week, and I read the interview. It was long and amazing. Bono talks about how they write songs, what he thinks about while he's performing, evangelicals in American, GWB and Africa, and his search for grace. This article is well worth the read! My favorite part was the inset where he reviewed all of U2's albums. His perspective on them was very insightful. I will see if I can find that and link to it too.

1 comment:

Robb said...

I couldn't find the "Bono on the Records" article online, so here's the cliff notes, quoting Bono:

Boy, 1980 - "One of the Top Ten debut albums of all time."

October, 1981 - "A great example of how you can write a song and not know what you're writing about ... A six out of ten."

War, 1983 - "I've changed the lyrics when I sing [Sunday Bloody Sunday] now just to make it more believable for myself."

The Unforgettable Fire, 1984 - "It's a missed opportunity."

The Joshua Tree, 1987 - "It's a very complete album, and yet the second half of it drops the ball a couple of times."

Rattle and Hum, 1988 - "Bands can just get too big for their boots, and it wasn't perceived as the diary of a fan."

Achtung Baby, 1991 - "I am flirting in the company of God."

Zooropa, 1993 - "Wonderful, wild fling of an album."

Pop, 1997 - "We just misfired - booked the tour before we finished the album and wore out everyone involved on the album."

All That You Can't Leave Behind, 2000 - "I wanted to make a really raw record about the things you just can't live without. And a really uncool album ... I think U2's often at its best when it's very uncool."

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2004 - "It's the best collection of songs we've put together - there's no weak songs. But as a album, the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts, and it fucking annoys me."