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|I Am Skooter|
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
The Unforgettable Fire is, to my mind, the best U2 album in an impressive catalogue. The last few albums haven’t been that interesting but there’s little doubt that the U2 of the 1980s into the mid-1990s was an incredibly powerful and innovative force in rock and roll. The Joshua Tree may be more popular, but The Unforgettable Fire set the stage for that work.
Bad is the best rock and roll song of the 1980s. It provided a backbone for every concert, and it was a platform into which U2 wove an endless number of other influences and improvisation. When I last saw them at Exhibition Stadium in Toronto Bono riffed on the CNE ferris wheel that towered over the stadium in the middle of Bad. It was a magic moment.
Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois talk to Pitchfork about the making of an album that’s now 25 years old but sounds as fresh as it ever did.