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Theme from Mission: Impossible – Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

Theme from Mission: Impossible – Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen

U2 is the biggest band in the world. Their 360-degree tour of 2010-2011 is the most expensive tour ever staged. It’s also the highest grossing. When most people think about U2, it’s Bono and The Edge. They’re the face and in many ways the spirit of the band. But Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen have served as the backbone and rhythm section of the band since the lads formed back in the late 1970s. And although Bono … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid

Maybe it’s because I can still remember the MTV debut of this video. Maybe it’s the simple optimism and self-importance of this song. Maybe it’s because they pulled British legends and one-hit wonders into a studio at the same time. Maybe it’s Bono’s “Sunday, Bloody Sunday” -inspired yelp, George Michael’s comically committed lead vocals or Phil Collins’ pursed lips as he throws down the beat with great conviction and altruistic passion. Maybe it’s the bouncy beat, clanging synthesized bells … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

One – Johnny Cash

One – Johnny Cash

Editor’s note: This is not a one-hit wonder. Sometimes we write about songs simply because they are so exceptional. “One” by Johnny Cash is one of those examples. I’ve never been a big fan of “One” by U2. People love the song. It has always left me cold. I think my affection for U2 soured around the same time Bono started wearing glasses all the time. Okay buddy, you’re the most important and most thoughtful person … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Country

The Gift – Angels and Airwaves

The Gift – Angels and Airwaves

Editor’s note: The Gift by Angels and Airwaves is not a one-hit wonder. Angels and Airwaves reached #55 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Adventure” in 2006. But today, I’m simply celebrating the band’s attempts to sound like stadium-filling rock stars and their anthemic song, “The Gift.” Many bands want to be U2. They want the fame. They want the acclaim. They want to be rock deity even as Bono decides he’ll simply be content … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, 2000s, Rock