Retro Active: U2 Will Be With You Again

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Bono and Luciano Pavarotti, "Ave Maria"

Every year, at almost exactly this time, if you're like me, you can't get U2's goddamned "New Year's Day" out of your head. And, if you're like me, it drives you insane, not because of the quality of the song, but ... well, yeah, it is the quality of the song. It's a great, stupendous and amazing song, full of life and optimism and righteousness and all that stuff that made us pay attention to U2 in the first place.

But this year, as the publicity/marketing machine for U2's upcoming Eno-produced disc is getting geared up with news of there being five (yes, five) different release formats, the predictably massive world tour and, somewhere along the way, Bono dropping gold bars into Somalian refugee camps, it's becoming harder and harder to remember the band that once was. This year's excellent reissue of Under A Blood Red Sky (from which the linked "New Year's Day" was taken) was a good start, but the fact of the matter is, Bono has become shorthand for pretentious gasbag and no reissue campaign will ever cover up for this.

Of course, there's also this great rundown of the band's ego growth over at McSweeney's. - Jason Ferguson

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.