Sunday, May 29, 2005

Bono and his decades long struggle with Airline Food

Bono had some quotes published in the UK paper The Times of London today, he recounts his meetings with politicians like Gorbachev, G.W Bush & Jesse Helms and the day the Pope wore his bug eyed fly sunglasses. Then he tells an unusual tale from his childhood that I thought worthy of sharing. Seems he's got a thing for airline food that dates back to his dirt poor motherless childhood outside Dublin, long before he was an international jetsetter...

------------------- Bono's Tale -------------------

I hated mealtimes. It was comic tragedy. My brother, who used to work in the national airline, discovered he could buy airline food at a cheap rate. So he used to bring these packaged meals home and our fridge was full of it.

Then an amazing thing happened. Our high school was near the airport. They decided they were gonna do school lunches. So they bought them at the airport. I used to eat airline food at lunch. I would go home, eat the same f****** airline food for dinner. What happens then? You join a rock'n'roll band and spend the rest of your life eating airline food.
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Pope Bono

In honor of U2 galavanting around the globe & likely eating a bit of airline food this summer while raking in an expected 300+ million dollars, we'll share the wealth of some items from their 20 year thick multi platinum back catalog.

First Up are a couple classics from the early 80's live EP recorded during the War tour at Red Rocks Amphiteater in Colorado. The amazing concert was captured on video, and was shot in the pouring rain, and is one of the best live vids I've ever seen. Bono climbed the speaker stacks, waving his white flag and permenently etched himself into the rock pantheon with this performance. The band played against the dramatic crags of this venue high in the Rockies and I recommend "Live at Red Rocks" as a must see.

Here is a robust version of Sunday Bloody Sunday and their set closer 40. Both songs musically explore the famed Irish band's emphatic take on "the troubles" of their home country & display the then mostly unknown singer at his charismatic & passionate best, commanding a sizable audience some 10 years before the band became cartoon characters & were invited to play a presidential inauguration & 20 year before their Super Bowl halftime show.

I will sing, sing a new song
I will sing, sing a new song

How long to sing this song?
How long to sing this song?
How long, how long
How long, how long to sing this song?

He set my feet upon a rock
And made my footsteps firm
Many will see
Many will see and fear

Fast Forward 10 years:

I'm also including a link to an Mp3 of The Temple Bar edit version of "Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses" by U2 from their Achtung Baby album in 1992. The original track production was credited to a triumverate of class "A" knob twiddlers Steve Lillywhite, Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, but this single mix is listed as produced by Paul Barrett & U2. Not my favorite U2 track, but hey, whatever it's yours free for the taking...

You're dangerous 'cos you're honest
You're dangerous, you don't know what you want
Well you left my heart empty as a vacant lot
For any spirit to haunt

Hey hey, sha la la
Hey hey...

You're an accident waiting to happen
You're a piece of glass left there on a beach
Well you tell me things I know you're not supposed to
Then you leave me just out of reach

Hey hey, sha la la
Hey hey, sha la la

Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna drown in your blue sea?
Who's gonna ride your wild horses?
Who's gonna fall at the foot of thee?

and to close out the party, we'll move another 10 years ansd throw in The William Orbit Mix of Electrical Storm that first surfaced in 2002 on U2 the Best of 1990 -2000.

sample lyrics include these urban paens:

Car alarm won't let ya back to sleep
You're kept awake dreaming some else's dream
Coffee is cold, but it will get you through
Compromise, that's nothing new to you

Let's see colours that have never been seen
Let's go to places no one else has been

You're in my mind all of the time
I know that's not enough
Well if the sky can crack, there must be some way back
To love and only love

[U2]Bono[Airline Food][MP3]

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