Flashback: “Bono, Do You Shave Your Chest?”

This earth-shatteringly important video flashback is from 1998. The very important “chest shaving” question was posed to Bono, apparently, after the “U2 Massive Heeds” (as TFI Friday’s Chris Evans called them), had appeared on one TFI Friday episode where the massive headed Bono had chest hair and then appeared on another episode where the massive headed Bono did not have chest hair. Of course, a viewer wrote in to ask about this fake massive headed Bono chest hair drama. So, real Bono answered the question. (Or did he?)

What the heck are you talking about, what are the “U2 Massive Heads/Heeds”?

More interesting (some history from the creators of the Big U2 Heads): Macnas.com – Macnas & Zooropa

- xo -


That’s the back cover of the UK version of the Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own DVD single. I was going through some of my stuff and I saw it and it was Father’s Day, so I snapped a photo. That photo of the U2 dads makes me sad and happy at the same time.

Relatedly unrelated: The official video for the song Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own, for me, was a quintessential *almost awesome moment. (See below). It does convey genuine emotion, but I wish hoodie Bono wandering the streets had his shades off. I wonder if they tried a version of him without the sunglasses. I doubt it. But the fact that they shot that one part in his little boy Bono bedroom in his old house on Cedarwood Road, though? So amazing. Also, the beginning where he starts singing along live. And the Bono smirk at 2:13, 2:14 or so, hmmmm yeah. (Wait, I think I’m almost convincing myself this video is* awesome after all. Aaaah.)

(The video on the UK DVD single is the live one below, though, not the above one.)

Finally, for the record, let’s just enjoy the acoustic cowboy trying to play guitar on the couch version (below):

Hey ho. xo

No Line on the Horizon was not “Finished” ?

A little late on the uptake on this, I know, but I just read David Fricke’s excellent/interesting interview with Jimmy Iovine in the April 11, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone. It was good, and a portion was about his work with U2, but one question and response in particular made me sort of laugh. (Out loud. On a plane. Where everyone else was sleeping. But whatev.)

As the head of their record company, what was your opinion of U2′s last album, “No Line on the Horizon”?
Jimmy Iovine: It wasn’t finished. The way they record — they don’t go, “OK, we have eight songs. Now we’re up to the ninth.” Forget it. The end of one song is the hook in the next one. The Edge comes in upside down, at the last minute. Bono is in five studios. [Shrugs] They didn’t finish it.

The reason the above made me laugh is just because:
A) we’ve already used the “it was not finished” excuse for POP.
B) I thought Bono was going with the “we put out a really difficult record”, oh yeah we so art house baby, excuse.
and… C) how in the eff can these dudes not finish records in five-year time spans?
also… D) I guess it’s mostly funny because it’s maybe true. I ain’t gonna pretend I know more about U2 than Jimmy Iovine does.

But…. was the album really not finished? Or was it too finished? Hmmm.



A couple of other questions and answers from the Iovine article:

Did U2′s 360 Tour mark the end of something for them — or rock in general? How do you get any bigger than that?
It’s almost as if you can’t build certain types of bridges anymore, because that labor is gone and that kind of steel is not there. I don’t know how you build a U2 again, because of all of the things that came together then: punk, the club scene, CDs.
But those guys are the most resourceful in rock. U2 have an extraordinary future. They have been through everything and still want it more than most bands. They’re current, and they care. They’ll easily be doing this as long as the Stones. Mick and Keith created incredible stuff together, but the whole world knows their dynamic affected their writing. Bono and Edge’s dynamic has not fallen apart. They finish a three-year tour. They go on vacation, and their houses are next door to each other. I mean, you can barely do that with your wife.

Have you talked with them about the next U2 record?
That’s all we talk about.

What have you told them?
Don’t book a tour till the album’s done. I know that sounds simple, right? But there’s nothing else they’re missing.

Bono’s hair is experimenting with some new ideas.

Bono’s hair appeared on two separate pre-taped TV appearances during the past few days. Based on the video evidence, the hair appears to be experimenting with some new ideas.

Video recaps:

Bono introduces Dierks Bentley on Academy of Country Music Awards

Bono briefly appears in Damien Hirst-The First Look presented by Channel 4 (Bono’s hair appears at the 6:58 mark)

You might have questions about this new direction Bono’s hair is taking. Maybe you love it. Maybe you don’t. (Even though you should! It’s taking a chance people. It refuses to stagnate!) Or maybe you’re like, “this hair appears to be just like the last hair to me.” Um, No. But whatever, maybe you’re just not sure which way you’re leaning. May we suggest you lean to the right, like Bono’s hair is doing?

The cold truth is, since we don’t know when these appearances were actually taped, we can’t even be sure THIS HAIR EVEN EXISTS ANYMORE. Though it does cause one to wonder if there is any truth to the rumor that this is one of three separate hairstyles Bono is working on at the same time.

Where will the hair go from here? We wait. with. anticipation.


So bad it’s good? Or just… bad? (I’ll always love you, Red Hill Mining Town video)

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the release of that album called The Joshua Tree, I’m just gonna watch this video that the band let Neil Jordan make that one time. The one they buried for all those years before finally (for some reason!) releasing it 20 years later. You know, the one where they are all sweaty in that mine and Bono has on that tank top and he keeps creeping up behind Larry and singing desperately at his back, kinda like he wants them to be miner boyfriends. And Larry avoids eye contact by pretending to be all busy banging on some miner kinda stuff with his miner hammer. And Bono is prancing and pleading and wailing all around the mine because he might be a miner BUT HE’S STILL BONO. And Edge and Adam are like “what are we doing here? but hey, guys, here are some birds—catch!”

Anyway, yeah:

We know that supposedly Red Hill Mining Town was going to be The Joshua Tree album’s second single until they realized Bono couldn’t quite sing the song live. (Never been played!) But really they saw this video and were like: “Hmmm. Wait. What? Nooooo!”

Whatever, dudes! I’ll always love you Red Hill Mining Town video. Yeah you’re easy to laugh at and of course you’re cheesy. But if we pause you at just the right moments, you are actually kinda cute.

- xo -

One of the best things in the Achtung Baby reissue

Available as a digital download for those who purchased the Uber Deluxe version of the Achtung Baby reissue is the audio of a complete version of The Edge performing Love Is Blindness (acoustic.) “Seek out the mp3 from a nice person if you haven’t already,” advises notPaul notMcGuinness. “Oh fantastic, someone has put it on YouTube,” he adds. “See below.”

Related: Video (below) of an abbreviated acoustic version first appeared in From The Sky Down:

Previously: Listen to Jack White cover Love Is Blindness


Happy birthday The Edge! For your birthday I (almost) …

Today The Edge is 50. Hello The Edge! Happy Birthday to you. I love you dearly sir. So much so, in fact, that for your birthday I (almost) pre-ordered you the uber deluxe edition of the Achtung Baby reissue that comes out this fall!

Now I know what you’re thinking The Edge, “Gee thanks for almost buying that for me, that’s awful nice, but really, no need. I have most of the content on these 6 CDs and 4 DVDs already! Plus, now that I’m a grown up of 50 (!), I don’t really need the rest of the toys, er I mean, collectibles, in the box (don’t need the fancy box or packaging either). Just because you have a few hundred (or million, whatever) dollars lying around doesn’t mean you have to spend it.”

And I get it The Edge. Really I do. Because, guess what? I feel exactly the same way! Does this mean we’re not uber? Oh boy.

I am certain, The Edge, that you ARE interested in how the previously unreleased tunes included in this reissue sound. I’m interested in that too! So in that case, Disc 5 of the CDs would be very nice to have. But you hope 2011 U2 doesn’t ruin those unreleased “gems” by reworking them too much? What? No, you would never say that. I hope they sound okay. And I’m not going to worry too much about how much you’re reworking them. I mean, I won’t worry if you won’t. (Wait, which one of us is talking right now? Me or you?).

Anyway, also, The Edge, I really do want to hear the songs on that CD # 6. “Baby” Achtung Baby. Early demos of all the tracks? Yes please. And, um, you know the DVDs that come in the uber (and super) deluxe versions? I kind of do want the one with the From The Sky Down documentary on it. I hope that documentary is not just good but great. Because let’s be real, Achtung Baby is an amazing beyond belief album based on its sound alone. But then there are levels that go beyond just musical sounds, beyond all of the different narratives in the lyrics and beyond the ‘wait, what happened to my 80s U2?’ image and really just go to a mindfuck of a level that sets a bar so high it’s really almost not fair to the current you. No offense. So anyway, don’t let that documentary fall short, okay? Okay? Thanks! And if there’s anything else on the DVDs that’s, you know, not on something else we already have, that would be something I also would want.

Oh wait, so does this mean I’m buying this thing now? ($659.61 list price for the uber version on amazon.com?) Gimme a break. What the fark. Etc. Maybe I’ll get the super deluxe version (currently listed for $167 on amazon.com) or the super deluxe torrent when it gets cheaper.

Anyway, just FYI, you are a total rock star, The Edge. Age 50. And a lot of your fans are just as interested in what is next for U2 as they are in what has passed. Seriously. No pressure. Happy birthday. I hope Bono doesn’t eat all of your cake.


PS – Zoo TV Sydney? Again?! REALLY? Gee whiz.

atu2.com article: Achtung Baby Anniversary Edition: What It Has and What It’s Missing
atu2 forum discussion re: Achtung Baby deluxe box
interference forum thread: is here