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December 20th, 2001

"U2 Recording a PUNK ROCK RECORD?" @ 10:47 pm

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Taken from youtwo.net and infobeat.com

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..
 
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From:batmanwoof
Date:December 20th, 2001 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I think it's hardcore polka music for U2 next ;)
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From:hapavox
Date:December 21st, 2001 07:44 am (UTC)

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I wouldn't be surprised with your theory..."U2 DOES HARDCORE POLKA!" Interesting headlines that would be. In the past, they've considered themselves to be a 'Loud Folk Band'. So, Polka wouldn't be too far in the very near future perhaps..
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From:hapavox
Date:December 21st, 2001 07:37 am (UTC)

Re: I think you are absolutely right

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Well, 'Zooropa' was probably the exception but they don't usuallly put out a record immediately after another. I've yet to read the SPIN interview but I will. These guys are just prone to 'jam sessions' as any band looking for new ideas are. Besides, I don't think they're going to stay holed-up in the South of France recording this new album anyway. The band like to travel and record in different places looking for new vibes and new inspiration. I wouldn't expect anything new for a while...unless they're on some kind of deadline from the record label this time..
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From:hapavox
Date:December 21st, 2001 07:41 am (UTC)

Another thing..

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"Titanium Soul" was in reference to The Beatles 'Revolver' album. I think Bono was comparing the early stuff at the ATYCLB sessions to that legendary album. Then again, this is the same guy that compared *POP* to the "White Album". Yeah, right!
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From:boomtownrat
Date:December 21st, 2001 07:05 am (UTC)

Well, it WOULD be interesting.

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But you're probably right. Hehe, maybe it's Zooropa II - another album inspired by a tour that creatively invigorated them. Still, this is excellent news and has improved my rather dismal morning, so thanks. :) (By the way, I hope you don't mind that I made an icon out of that red-suited Bono image... at least I think you were the one who posted it, appy polly lodgies if it was someone else.)
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From:hapavox
Date:December 21st, 2001 07:30 am (UTC)

Re: Well, it WOULD be interesting.

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Yes, it would be interesting if they came out with something quite 'different'. They have re-disovered music somewhat with the last album so this upcoming one should be a surprise. The Edge has also said that the guitar is just workin' for him these days...so that's a good sign always! I'm just wishing that Eno and Lanois also be on this record too because anything those two do with this band turns into gold. I don't care about sales but the signature U2 sound can be fully actualized when Eno and Lanois are behind the controls.

It is excellent news that they're recording right away. I suppose most of the new stuff they're working on could be 'left-overs' from the ATYCLB recording sessions which they came out with approx. 50-60 tracks for narrowed down to 11 for the final album cut obviously.

As usual 'expect the unexpected' from these guys!:)
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From:boomtownrat
Date:December 21st, 2001 07:40 am (UTC)

Re: Well, it WOULD be interesting.

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I totally agree with your Eno/Lanois comments; it's like those six men were just destined to collaborate on music. I can think of only one other band/producer partnership that I love to hear almost as much: Joy Division and Martin Hannett...
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From:hapavox
Date:December 21st, 2001 07:52 am (UTC)

Finances and Scheduling?

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The only problem is that the band's always looking for some new inspiration and a new outlook. I'm not so sure they would want the two super-producers behind the controls for a second consecutive album. Obviously, they've done it in the past for 3 consecutive albums with UF, JT, and AB. But, the 'pay rate' wasn't as bad as it seems to be now. I would assume that Eno and Lanois don't come easy in terms of $$$. So, if the band want to save some cash they would ask another producer for some help. Plus, Eno and Lanois also have their own solo recording careers going for them. Scheduling-conflicts among the 6 may ensue this time around...

Although, I wouldn't mind Steve Lillywhite and Flood back on the team full-throttle again!:)
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From:boomtownrat
Date:December 21st, 2001 11:20 am (UTC)

Re: Finances and Scheduling?

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Yeah, I understand all that, it's just wishful thinking on my part. ;) (Although I must say Eno and Lanois don't seem all that prolific in terms of recordings... Eno, at least. I know he produces other artists. I think he must be focusing more on his artwork right now, or at least that's the last I heard. I'm not keeping up with what Lanois is doing, by any stretch of the imagination.)

Steve Lillywhite and Flood would be good, too. I think Lillywhite would be especially good *if* they really are going for a more punk sound.
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From:hapavox
Date:December 21st, 2001 07:33 am (UTC)

Re: Well, it WOULD be interesting.

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Oh, no problem at all. I think I did post that pic. on here a while back if I can recall..

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