Category Archives: U2

Another Obsessive U2 Post

In case you’ve missed one of the umpteen posts on this site, U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb comes out next week. Until then the album is being played on radio stations in its entirety and streamed online. NME.com has the exclusive for now (it requires a slow, arduous registration process), though VH1 and MTV are supposed to be streaming it later today.

Though MTV takes the approach of not mentioning it anywhere on its site while VH1 hypes it with ever changing text, first “You can listen to the band’s new disc right here on Tuesday,” and now “… right here this afternoon.” I can’t help but wonder what this says about the two former music video channels. Something about one being entirely too hip and the other trying way too hard.

UPDATE: Both MTV and VH1 are streaming the album now but they’re both PC only. Rather ironic considering the band’s close relationship with Apple. NME.com is the place to go for Mac users, and it has the added bonus of the extra track “Fast Cars,” which is included on every version of the album except the U.S. release.

How to Overwork a Unique Title: First Reaction to How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

My first listen reaction to U2’s 11th studio album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, heard legally on San Diego’s 91X online radio (though first listens can be deceptive, so take it with a grain of salt. I wasn’t impressed with All That You Can’t Leave Behind on first listen; now it’s my favorite U2 album):

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How to Cheat the Internet Pirates

2004_11_11soul.jpgTune in to 91X in San Diego at 11:00 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. PST today to hear U2’s How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb broadcast in its entirety. You can listen to an online stream, though you do need to complete a free registration.

The band has decided to let radio stations play the entire album before the November 23 release date in response to the album becoming available on illegal file sharing networks (according to @U2)

93 WXRT in Chicago will also be playing the entire album today for more than 12 hours, starting at 9:45 a.m. CST (PC only).

On Tuesday, November 16 both MTV.com and VH1.com will begin streaming the album.

UPDATE: read my first-listen reaction

How to Pre-Order U2

If you’re planning to buy the new U2 album, now might be a good time. If you pre-order the album from Amazon you can watch an exclusive video of the band talking about making the album.

All you have to do is decide which version of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb you want:

Standard CD – $10.99
Deluxe version (includes DVD with making of the album footage, interview, and acoustic performances) – $20.99
Collector’s edition (includes same DVD as deluxe version plus a full-color, hardcover book with original artwork, band notes, quotes and more) – $31.99
Import (includes extra track “Fast Cars”) – $50.49
(prices current as of posting)

And let’s get it over with right now. I nominate How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb for worst U2 cover ever. It clearly challenges October

20 Days

Stupid fact of the day: It’s taken a mere 20 days for the new U2 single, “Vertigo,” to reach the top of my Top 25 Most Played Songs playlist in iTunes. It’s sitting at the coveted number one spot with 17 plays, just beating out The Get Up Kids’ “Close to Me” with 16 plays.

I choose to credit the fact that I’m incredibly addicted to U2 and the song’s inherent catchiness and playability. I’ve been known to play the song several times in a row and not get tired of it. At this rate I’ll completely loathe the song by the time How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb comes out.

I’m in a Place Called Vertigo

U2's Vertigo singleThe new U2 single “Vertigo” is available today. Officially it’s available on radio, but that seems rather quaint. Several U2 fan sites are either providing or linking to downloads of the song (I’ll let them do the heavy linking)* or you can buy it from iTunes.

The commercial single will be available November 9 along with remixes and the b-sides “Are You Gonna Wait Forever” and a Kraftwerk cover, “Neon Lights.” The full album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb will be available November 23.

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Can U2 Be Intimate Again?

In a recent issue of Hot Press, Neil McCormick talks about the upcoming U2 album (due Nov. 23, first single, “Vertigo,” due Sept. 21), commenting:

“It’d be interesting if U2 could ever make a marginal or personal or intimate record again; in a way they can’t because they’ve raised the stakes to such a level that they have to knock a stadium monster out, they have to knock that ball out of the stadium every time.”

While only a newbie when it comes to U2-fandom, I’m sure if I agree. Certainly U2 would be hard pressed to make a marginal album (any votes for marginal album? Zooropa? I’d have to say that even the albums I like the least have some amazing moments that are better than a lot of other bands’ best work), but what about personal or intimate?

I think what I like best about U2 is their uncanny ability to be both universal and intimate. Bono sings about the grandest themes of life in the most intimate way possible. Perhaps not every album, but most of All That You Can’t Leave Behind feels that way for me. Especially after 9/11. Even the fly-boy posturing of Achtung Baby or the detached soul-searching at the end of Pop strike me as intensely personal.

At the same time, McCormick’s right. Nearly every U2 album has that grand, stadium sound that’s reaching out to a million people. And that’s what I love about it.

You Just Don’t Cover U2

Dan Spencer, trombone player for the O.C. Supertones.The other day I interviewed Dan Spencer, trombone player for the O.C. Supertones, for an upcoming article (Spencer mentioned that half the band now lives in Nashville, prompting me to wonder if the band should be called the D.C. Supertones for Davidson County). Their seventh album, Revenge of the OC Supertones comes out on June 15. After Spencer mentioned U2, I asked if the Supertones were given a chance to take part in the In the Name of Love U2 tribute album, which song they’d cover. This was his commendable response:

“You just don’t cover U2. Unless you’re somebody like Johnny Cash, you just don’t do it. Even if we were offered a lot of money we wouldn’t do it, it’s just against our philosophy. I applaud the guys who can, I just think we’d butcher it. There are just some bands you don’t cover. You don’t cover the Beatles, you don’t do U2, you don’t do Bob Dylan. There are some guys that are untouchable.”

Yet the butchering does happen. Before details of the In the Name of Love album emerged, I pondered what CCM bands I’d like to see cover what U2 songs. Sadly, no one listened to me.