Huckabee Invokes Bono

Huckabee hosts a show on Fox News and did interview Bono at the end of last year and last night he threw out Bono's name with the following comments. Hum, are we sure Bono would support such comments ? - No word from Bono's camp. 

"Sometimes — sometimes we get so close to the picture, we really can’t see it clearly.  I’ve had the privilege of working with Bono for the past few years in the One Campaign to fight AIDS and hunger and disease around the world.  Bono is an Irishman and a great humanitarian.  And I remember him telling me of his admiration for America.  He said, ‘America’s more than just a country.  We are an idea.’ And he reminded me that we are an exceptional nation with an extraordinary history who owes it to the generations who are coming after us to leave them with an extraordinary legacy.”

Grammy Pre Show Produces No Wins

Well folks as reported U2 has been shut out of two of the three nominations that have been announced during the pre-show awards. “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight” did not win against “Use Somebody (Kings of Leon, who toured with the band before) in both the Best Rock and Best Rock Song categories. Now that leaves one category left. Best Rock Album which will be announced during the show on CBS. ( US Broadcast Channel ).

Dusting ‘Em Off: U2 - Three

This is where it all began. 30 years ago this past September, four Irish teenagers — Bono Vox, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen, Jr. — recorded three songs in Windmill Lane Studios for their first official release. Titled Three and sold exclusively in Ireland under CBS Records, the EP represented the first step on the path of success for U2.

By this point, U2 had already been together for three years and were steadily building a reputation in Ireland. It seemed like they were set to take off when the band won a talent contest in 1978 that offered a prize of studio time to record a demo. Unfortunately, when the session began, no one in the band knew what the hell they were doing. Edge put his guitar at an incredibly low volume, Bono had adopted an awful English accent, and a young Larry Mullen, Jr. was pulled out of the studio by his father because he had exams the next day.

While it was a squandered opportunity, U2 luckily got another chance a year later. This time around, they were a little more prepared. During the interim year, the group landed Paul McGuinness as their manager, gained support from Hot Press Magazine, and opened for punk rockers The Stranglers. They caught the attention of an A & R scout from CBS London named Chas De Whalley, who came in with demo money and produced the EP despite a lack of experience. Although the band still wasn’t playing very well, the songs they wrote were strong enough to support their weaknesses.

“Out of Control” was chosen as the A-side for the EP by listeners on the Dave Fanning Rock Show on RTE station. Almost as soon as the track starts, it has “U2 anthem” written all over it. By this point, Edge had gotten his Memory Man Echo Unit and had started to develop his trademark sound. In this case, it really makes the song since the rest of the band were still finding their feet. Mullen, Jr, had trouble playing in time, Clayton’s bass was extremely simple, and Bono… well, let’s just say his singing voice wasn’t all that yet. But the song has a real kick to it and a boundless amount of energy that feels contagious. Bono’s lyrical exploration was already moving in an introspective direction. Written on his 18th birthday, he said the song was about hitting that age and “realizing… the two most important decisions in your life have nothing to do with you — being born and dying.”

“Stories for Boys” has more of a groove to it than the A-side. Containing a fully expressed sense of excitement, the song deals with escapism from the everyday. While not fully developed, it technically shows more promise than either of the other two songs. Whereas “Out of Control” feels mostly like Edge was in charge, “Stories for Boys” is the sound of the band clicking and playing as a cohesive unit. “Boy-Girl” is the least memorable track on the EP. Dealing with the relationship between (no surprise here) a boy and a girl who are maturing into adults, the song is more like a rough sketch than a fully thought out track. The lyrics don’t go anywhere and the instrumentation is just average at best. It’s not shocking that when U2 were re-recording songs for their first album, Boy, it was the only one out of the three to not make the cut.

Limited to 1,000 copies for Ireland, the EP made a surprising splash in the Irish Singles Charts, peaking at number 19. Sadly, CBS UK passed on U2, only offering a record deal if they fired Larry Mullen, Jr. The drummer was still having trouble playing in time but the rest of the band stuck by him. The EP did help them increase their fanbase in their home country even more and was followed by a tour in England. The resulting success of that tour led to a deal with Island Records. The rest is history.

Even though the music isn’t really there, the potential of U2 can be heard in all three songs. Well… okay, not “”Boy-Girl”. But “Out of Control” and “Stories for Boys” would go on to be very good album cuts for their debut in 1980. “Out of Control” has been an occasional part of the band’s set list, all the way up to this decade. The sound made on Three isn’t that of one of the world’s biggest bands. It’s the sound of a group that had endless enthusiasm for their music and knew success was within reach.

Will U2 get a GRAMMY nomination ?

The Grammy Nominations Concert will air on CBS tonight at 9pm EST (check your local listings for your time). U2 will not be there, but “No Line on the Horizon” could be nominated.

Cast your vote here !

While the album wasn’t a major success and some think it doesn’t stand up to stronger (and Grammy winning) records “All That You Can’t Leave Behind” and “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb”, “No Line” is really a personal piece. It’s something U2 put a lot into and, as Edge said previously, the material has played so well during the “360” tour that people are starting to warm up to it more.

We do  think that as great of a song “Get on Your Boots” is, it’s no “Vertigo” or a “Beautiful Day”. And “Magnificent” and “I’ll Go Crazy” were hardly played on radio (which shocked me because those songs were amazing live and deserved airplay), so not everyone has had the chance to experience “No Line” or had the time to really appreciate it. “360” also didn’t play in a lot of cities during the US leg, so some probably didn’t get the opportunity to hear the material live.

But the thing about the Grammys, they always reward passion projects. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant won last year for their praised album “Raising Sand” and the Dixie Chicks won all five of their nominations for “Taking the Long Way” (which is a fantastic record that I have played out almost as much as “No Line”) in the wake of their George W. Bush scandal.

Academy should (and perhaps they already have) look into how thoughtful and pure “No Line” is. You can feel it in every note, you can hear it in every lyric sung, and you can understand U2’s thought process in the entire album. Hopefully, U2 and their passion project will get shown a little Grammy nomination love tonight.

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