The Joshua Tree – Mothers of the Disappeared
Jun15

The Joshua Tree – Mothers of the Disappeared

It’s the last song of the album.  And it got me thinking about last songs, on albums.  Honestly, I can only think of one other album where I know the last song.  Murder by Numbers, Syncronicity, The Police. Here’s a story about that last song, Murder by Numbers. The bar is on the left as you enter.  It’s a three quarter race track bar, with stools on three sides.  On the opposite side of the table from the door, is a...

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The Joshua Tree – In God’s Country
May13

The Joshua Tree – In God’s Country

  From what I’ve read about The Joshua Tree album, the over arching theme is America.  I believe this to be true and In God’s Country certainly has many ideas about our country.  From the desert theme, which occurs throughout the album, to every other lyrical reference, Bono describes his version of America. As I listened to the song again, two things crossed my mind.  God and our Country we live in today.  Do we...

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The Joshua Tree – Exit
Apr23

The Joshua Tree – Exit

I write this on a dreary, rainy morning, which I think is a little like Exit.  Written in one take, on the last day of recording, the song is dreary, haunting, and reeks of desperation.  I’ve read that the song saps Bono of energy on stage and was a difficult song to sing live.  In fact, the song was part of the Rattle and Hum tour set list, but has since only been played live one other time. Is it about murder, suicide?  From...

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Joshua Tree – Running to Stand Still
Apr03

Joshua Tree – Running to Stand Still

The first U2 concert I attended was in college.   Not The Joshua Tree tour, but their next, Zoo TV, which promoted the Achtung Baby album.  Back in those days, you had to either purchase tickets via phone or in person at a Ticketmaster booth.  The phone was dicey, and for concerts that sold out in minutes, there was a good chance you wouldn’t get tickets.  On the A&M campus, there was a ticket booth where you bought tickets...

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Joshua Tree – Trip Through Your Wires
Mar14

Joshua Tree – Trip Through Your Wires

Let’s go back to the early days of Joshua Tree.  Bootleg tapes, early recordings.  Peel back the curtain of the creative process.  I uncovered a lost video of Bono and Edge in a basement collaborating on the song, Trip Through Your Wires.   Looks like the song has come a long way.  See below for the alleged first introduction of the song.   Not an echo effect in sight, and the Dylan-esque harp solo, buckskin jackets...

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The Joshua Tree – 11 Songs, 11 Posts
Mar06

The Joshua Tree – 11 Songs, 11 Posts

  This week, thirty years ago, a somewhat famous Irish rock bank launched an album that would propel them into rock stardom.  U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, would win the Grammy for best album, beating out Prince, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, and would eventually reach over 25 million in album sales.  Over time, The Joshua Tree, would be listed on many top 100 album lists and, for many of us who were...

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