If Bono’s stock explanation of where the title of “40” comes from is nonsense, then maybe “Sunday Bloody Sunday” really is a rebel song.
I have no idea what that means. I reasoning about it symbolically, getting as far as
necessary(not(stock-explanation)) => possible(rebel-song(“Sunday Bloody Sunday”)),
whereupon I fractured my thinkulator.
Comment by Standpipe Bridgeplate — January 27, 2009 @ 3:32 pm
It’s been my experience that certain people who are younger than me are unable to complete the sentence “There’s been a lot of talk about this next song.” (Type in “There’s been a lot of talk” and Firefox autosuggests it for you! Really!) My hypothesis was that these are people who first heard of U2 with The Joshua Tree, but it turned out to be people who first heard of U2 with Rattle and Hum. Good Lord.
Comment by matt w — January 27, 2009 @ 5:02 pm
Francis Gary Powers just called. The old guy asked me to remind you that Bono has always been a pretentious ass. With a few good songs in him, but just like you shouldn’t listen to most painters explaining their work, you should tune out most rock stars’ inter-song patter.
Comment by Ben — January 27, 2009 @ 8:11 pm
Listen, Bub, I sure as heck first heard of U2 with The Joshua Tree. “Generation Awesome”, remember? Not “Generation Mixed Critical Reception”.
I will admit to waking up one summer morning in the late 80s to the sound of my clock radio playing (what I would learn was) “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, and thinking, “Who is this? This is freaking great!”
Anyway, I was confused because I thought the post’s meaning depended in an important way on the content of the stock explanation. I didn’t realize you just meant that if Bono had bullshat about one song, he might have also bullshat about another. In conclusion, neener.
Comment by Standpipe Bridgeplate — January 28, 2009 @ 8:53 am
Do I have to be all “My dissertation is relevant to this topic?” Because it totally is.
Oh, and you do realize that people who first heard of U2 with the Joshua Tree still have no reason to be familiar with the patter on “Under a Blood Red Sky”? We who first heard of U2 with War (aka Generation Shockingly, The Album Called “War” May Have Been Their Least Pretentious) sneer at you whippersnappers. Of course, the true hipster move is to say their only decent album is October.
…Ben, you say “pretentious ass” as though that’s a criticism.
Comment by matt w — January 28, 2009 @ 8:59 am
Oh, and what I actually meant (BO-ring!) by comment 2 was that I had talked to a somewhat, but not much, younger friend about this and she said, “I don’t know, I heard of them with like their first album… Rattle and Hum?”
Comment by matt w — January 28, 2009 @ 9:02 am
Lo, I am chastened.
Comment by Standpipe Bridgeplate — January 28, 2009 @ 9:34 am
I reasoning about it symbolically, too.
Comment by Cookie Monster — January 28, 2009 @ 9:36 am
Re 2, certain people who are older than you can’t complete the sentence, either. And, speaking of old, and historical context, this person’s first association to “Sunday, Bloody Sunday,” is to a British film written by Penelope Gilliat.
Comment by Matt's mom — January 29, 2009 @ 10:24 am
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