“Stateless” (2000) Before they "returned to form" that fall with All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2 offered one last glimmer of hope for a headier, more nonlinear direction with the music they contributed to longtime friend Wim Wenders' 2000 film The Million Dollar Hotel. And while the song they co-wrote with Salman Rushdie was a collaboration that surely piqued our curiosity, "Stateless" unveiled an all too promising glimpse into what U2 in the 21st century could have sounded like if they continued down the path of their oft overlooked 1995 side project Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1.
Bono + Edge on Howard Stern: Get Out Of Your Own Way.discussion + performance
In the scheme of things this song seems like a sequel to Original of the Species which was also dedicated to one of Bono's daughters.
+ The Howard Stern Show December 4, 2017 Bono & The Edge (mp3 download)
+ U2’S BONO AND THE EDGE ON CREATING THEIR HITS, HANGING WITH SPRINGSTEEN AND MCCARTNEY, AND THE ONLY FIGHT THEY’VE EVER HAD
+ Bono finds what we're looking for The music, credited as ever to all four members of U2, soon gets under your skin. + Experience counts on U2’s return to form Thematically, the new album breaks from the claustrophobic nostalgia that made Songs of Innocence heavy going. + Songs of Experience by U2 ranks alongside the band's greatest work This is truly a cracker of an album on first, second and third listens. Living with it for an extended spell will determine whether it hits the heights of a Joshua Tree, an Achtung Baby or the cruelly underrated Pop.
+ Back from the brink | Hot Press
+ Rolling Stone: U2 Faces Down Mortality, Reconnects With the Power of Music
+ DailyMail: Bono finds what we're looking for
+ BONO TO APPEAR ON JIMMY KIMMEL'S (RED) SHOW NOV. 28
+ BONO AND EDGE ANSWER QUESTIONS AT U2: AN EXPERIENCE OF SONGS IN L.A.
+ U2's Songs of Experience is full of desperation and meaty hooks in equal measure
+ Bono’s brush with death: ‘I was clinging to my own life’
+ The band’s latest is their best since “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb."
+ The 15 Best Songs From This Century That Wouldn't Exist Without U2: Critic's Picks
And i don't know how to pray anymore
and in love i don't know how to hope anymore
and for that love i don't know how to wait anymore
+ U2 - With Or Without You (Live in Dublin 28/08/1993)
+ Review: "Quite possibly the best U2 show ever, this ZOO TV performance captures the band at the absolute peak of its abilities"
"We'd like to turn our song into a prayer...that we don't become a monster in order to defeat a monster..."
The only thing I'll say about "Songs of Innocence" is that I rather hear the album we were going to get back in the Spring where "Invisible" came from b/c that song is more interesting than anything in this album.
Anyways, here's the original "Every Breaking Wave" from before this album:
+ Too bad this one didn't make it to the album: U2: North Star
I am selfish, private and easily bored. Will this be a problem?
Avoid the flourish. Do not be afraid to be weak. Do not be ashamed to be tired. You look good when you’re tired.
Please don’t understand me too quickly.
//Nicola Samori, L'Occhio Occidentale
+ Roy Orbison She's a Mystery to Me (studio demo) - you can hear Bono producing the song.
+ U2: She's A Mystery To Me
// photo.cred: "Svetlana Cluck: WHEN HER SPIRIT LEFT HER BODY, HOW IT SPLIT THE SUN"
A moment later the U2 frontman had cranked up a track from the band's work-in-progress April album, an anthemic number about leaving one's hometown titled "Invisible." As the song played, he spiritedly played air guitar to it, also belting along with the track's vocals, so that, in effect, Bono was performing a duet with himself.
Released July 5th 1993
Love is a form of prejudice. You love what you need, you love what makes you feel good, you love what is convenient. How can you say you love one person when there are ten thousand people in the world that you would love more if you ever met them? But you’ll never meet them. All right, so we do the best we can. Granted. But we must still realize that love is just the result of a chance encounter. Most people make too much of it. On these grounds a good fuck is not to be entirely scorned. But that’s the result of a chance meeting too. You’re damned right. Drink up. We’ll have another.
"It’s the real world, full of gaps and inconsistencies and anticlimaxes." Haruki Murakami
“I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.”
― Leonard Cohen
Don DeLillo, Mao II / Maurizio Di Iorio
Let's say I want certain songs played at my funeral..I don't even know who to leave in charge of this! in the meantime I need to start my play-list b/c I want it followed. Time to update the will I wrote when I was 16.
Romantic love, in the full sense of the term, is an emotion possible only to the man (or woman) of unbreached self-esteem: it is his response to his own highest values in the person of another—an integrated response of mind and body, of love and sexual desire. Such a man (or woman) is incapable of experiencing a sexual desire divorced from spiritual values
"SHE SEEMS SO COOL, SO FOCUSED, SO QUIET, YET HER EYES REMAIN FIXED UPON THE HORIZON. YOU THINK YOU KNOW ALL THERE IS TO KNOW ABOUT HER IMMEDIATELY UPON MEETING HER, BUT EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW IS WRONG. PASSION FLOWS THROUGH HER LIKE A RIVER OF BLOOD. SHE ONLY LOOKED AWAY FOR A MOMENT, AND THE MASK SLIPPED, AND YOU FELL. ALL YOUR TOMORROWS START HERE."
Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things