Sunday, February 26, 2012

Song Of The Week: 2/26/12

Song: "When Love Comes To Town"

Artist: U2

Album: "Rattle And Hum"

Year: 1988

"When Love Comes To Town" is a blues song from the band U2 which features blues legend B.B. King on guitar and vocals and was recorded at the famous Sun Studios in Memphis, TN, the very same studio where Elvis Presley's early recordings were made. The song itself appears to be about finding one's faith again, whether that's faith in God, faith in love or faith in life. The vocalist seems to be recognizing his past sins or mistakes but sees his future as being much brighter now that he's found love or faith. U2 formed as a band back in 1976 hailing from Dublin, Ireland. At the time, they were heavily influenced by the punk scene and bands like The Clash and the Sex Pistols. However, they seemed to find their niche more in the new wave sound that was happening in the early 80's. Even at that time, U2 seemed to distinguish themselves amongst the rest of the bands that were out at the time. You sensed something special about this band early on. Soon, it was apparent that U2 was going to become one of the biggest bands in the world. They have released twelve studio albums to date. Highlights include 1987's legendary "The Joshua Tree", 1991's "Achtung Baby" and 2000's "All That You Can't Leave Behind". That's three major albums in three different decades that always kept U2 relevant in the music world. Their list of singles read like a greatest hits or greatest songs of all time. Just some tracks include "I Will Follow", "Sunday Bloody Sunday", "New Year's Day" , "Pride" , "With Or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" , "One" , "Mysterious Ways", "Beautiful Day", "Vertigo" and "Where The Streets Have No Names". Those are just a few of the many songs in the U2 arsenal that so greatly affected those with a passion for music. It's songs like those that helped U2 sell more than 150 million records worldwide while winning 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band to date. In 2005, U2 was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in their first year of eligibility. The amazing thing about the band is that it still features it's original line-up of Bono on vocals, The Edge on guitar, Adam Clayton on bass guitar and Larry Mullen Jr. on drums. That is trully an accomplishment in this day and age of ever-changing band members in rock groups today. Even now, U2 is one of the biggest and most influential rock bands of all time. Currently, U2 always seems to be embarking on record setting tours between releasing new material. In fact, they just completed a major world tour but there is no news on whether they are working on a new album as of yet. I'm sure we'll be hearing from the band in the near future.

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