I’m not sure if I said it here before but U2 stopped being an essential band for me during the fade out of ‘All I Want Is You’ on the ‘Rattle & Hum’ album. Up to that point I was besotted, Bono was my hero and I was blind to his, frankly embarrassing, procrastinations. The Edge was the epitome of cool, Larry Mullins his jokey side kick while even back then Adam Clayton stood out as a pleasant geek (the buffon hairstyle was shameful even back then). U2’s early albums are still crucial, energetic and varied displaying a band with ideas to burn. A lot was thanks to Dave Evans memorable riffs (both piano and chord) but U2 were always much more than the sum of their parts. ‘Boy’ is probably my favourite album because it has a natural progression from start to finish, thanks largely to the wonderful segues in the latter section of side one (vinyl speak). ‘October’ the follow up was a departure but it also had wonderful unheralded moments like ‘I Fall Down’, which has stood the test of time. There is almost a spiritual feel in the bands delivery, that special ingredient latter day U2 have long since abandoned. KD
U2 – I Fall Down
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