December 20th, 2001

Strokin' It!
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"U2 Recording a PUNK ROCK RECORD?"

Taken from and

U2 are Back In the Studio Again

Irish supergroup U2 are back in the studio again-just a couple weeks after finishing their mammoth world tour. The WITH OR WITHOUT YOU band are already recording in a run down nightclub in the South of France, not far from singer Bono's holiday home.

Bono says, "We've started our album and it's going to blow your mind. It's real punk rock, with some great guitar sounds and some beautiful melodies. The band is so tight coming off the tour. "I think we've really hit form. We were here to write a ballad, but we just keep knocking-out these hard rock tunes."

I really don't know about these 'early' 'premature' hints the B-Man is giving us concerning the recording of the NEW ALBUM. I think these are really just 'jam sessions' meant to break the ice and get those creative juices flowing. I don't think the band will actually come out with a really straight forward---guitar, vocals, drums, and bass kind of album. ATYCLB was close but not as raw and hard-rockin' as the older fans want them to do again a la The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby. I remember also reading back in 1995-1996 a Bono interview/article from the British Music Publication/Magazine--NME--which quoted him as saying the band we're recording a "Hard-Rocking Record!" And guess what that record came out to be?? You guessed it...*POP*! Yup. That was a 'rockin' record alright! It just wasn't my cup of tea. And I wouldn't really bet any money that the next U2 album will be a punk-rock-hardcore kind of sound either as Bono claims to say nowadays! I also remember everybody reading/hearing about U2 were recording a 'Dance' Record in reference to what would become the Achtung Baby album about 10 years ago. I just can't believe any of 'the hype'(no pun intended!) right now. When the record finally comes out in 2 years..haha..then that's when I'll know what it sounds like. U2 just like to fool the media and re-invent themselves for every album..