Friday, April 15, 2005

why achtung

In case you are wondering why I named the post "AchtungBB" it is from U2 classic 1991 album "Achtung Baby" This was a album with a ridiculous name, but a very serious message. I'd say this is the best U2 album ever.
GO back to 1991. U2 was still recovering from the criticism of Rattle and Hum. They were seen as too "self rightous". The band that made "the Joshua Tree" at a time of hair metal was now jamming with BB King. There's nothing wrong with that, but it's not forging new sounds which the band is known for doing.
Then they reinvent themselves as cyber punks and launch Zoo TV, a assult on the senses with pop culture and media. If they were going to be seen as self rightous, why not indulge in it? However the music would speak for itself-exploring the flip side of relationships in a time of madness, yet still finding beauty.

2 comments:

windarkwingod said...

Rattle and Hum hurt me in some way. I felt that they were no longer a band that I could exclusively claim. Unforgettable Fire was their hilite for me until I fell of the radar and became a crack addict...

forrest said...

Actung Baby is truly one of the most important albums of the modern era.