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U2

So we know that Bono from U2 has an astounding capacity to get people backs up, don’t we? Oh sure, he’s a very popular man too, and he does a lot of good work, but there’s something about the way he presents himself which occasionally boils the blood of otherwise mild-mannered rock observers.

And there’s no finer example of this than the differing ways he and U2 bass player Adam Clayton explain why their disco song “Get On Your Boots” has failed to ignite the public imagination in quite the same way that something like “With Or Without You” or “Beautiful Day” did.

Adam’s thought on the subject, as relayed to Rolling Stone magazine, goes like this: “Interestingly, it’s going off live. I think probably what happened was it’s a common U2 problem. I think we probably worked on it and worked on it and worked on it, and instead of executing one idea well, I think we had probably five ideas in the song, and it just confused people. They weren’t sure what they were hearing.”

Bono, on the other hand, thinks there is something wrong with our ears: “Look, sometimes our audience isn’t as groovy as we’d like. ‘Get on Your Boots,’ as it was released, is a sort of crossover, half-club, half-indie-rock record.”

“People are not sure about the club side of U2. They want ‘Vertigo.’ And when we did this the last time – with ‘Discotheque,’ from ‘Pop’, they didn’t like it either.”

Maybe it’s something you’re just not very good at, Mr. No. Didja think of that?

Has he got a nerve or what? Tell us here.

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Filed Under: Bono, U2
By Fraser McAlpine