March 1, 2009


“How do you puncture pop consciousness with a tune anymore?” Bono said later over a pint of Guinness in the restaurant of the venerable hotel Claridge’s. “That’s actually your first job as a songwriter.”

A conversation with Bono is a free-associative adventure. Between thoughts about the album he dispensed fascinating digressions, casual but carefully placed on and off the record. He gave a full-voiced demonstration of Italian opera vowels and Frank Sinatra style — heads swiveled nearby — and mused on cathedral architecture; he described encounters with presidential candidates and plans for his future columns on the Op-Ed page of The New York Times. He spoke fondly about his band mates as characters he’s still trying to figure out, about songs as bursts of serendipity and about what he wants in a performance: “spastic elastic energy.”

Then he mused about stealing the production style of Queens of the Stone Age and rambled on and on and on.

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Blogger SC said...

March 1, 2009 at 3:59 PM 
Blogger Chase said...

Good call, Chris.

March 1, 2009 at 7:22 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Sounds like if Thom Yorke decided he wanted to be the frontman for Queens of the Stone Age.

March 1, 2009 at 10:55 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

(Man, they look so old in that NYTimes photo.)

March 1, 2009 at 10:56 PM 
Blogger JHitts said...

Man, why is U2 so easy to make fun of?

March 3, 2009 at 10:46 PM 

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