The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Annals of Public Performance #8

U2, 1986: The Cowboy Years.


mister muleboy said...

I swear that when I landed on this, I thought that John Wayne was singing into a mic.

And let me tell you, that was weird.

Does anyone else see the Duke's features in mister voice good?

twister said...

Now that you mention it, yes, around the eyes and nose.

Maureen said...

It'd be the Irish in them.

Geoff said...

u2 is so phony

mister muleboy said...

I remember paying three bucks at the door on March 3, 1981 to see U2 at the Bayou in Washington, DC. After waiting out a set by openers The Slickee Boys, I watched U2 come out to begin their assault on America.

I lasted three songs. The posturing Vox Bono so offended me, with his calculated leg on his calculated monitor moving with. . . calculation! Argggh

Couldn't stand them.

I no longer doubt his genuine good motives in his public works.

But as performers? Phony gets a "yes" vote from me.

Hmmmm - may have to reconsider, in light of his John-Wayne-ness. . . .

twister said...

I remember going to see a Black Sabbath concert and they were opened by a little band going by the name Van_Halen. Eddie, his guitar and his band came out for a short stint and smoked. There really wasn't any hope for B.S. after that.

Brooks said...

I quite like the Edge. He's the one who wrote those protest songs, he's low key, and he's a genius with guitar textures.

Just saw "It Might Get Loud" and really liked it. But then I'm guitar geek.

Saw VH on their first tour. They opened for Montrose and then Journey. You knew Journey would be ok commercially but Montrose was a goner.

Tommy O'C said...

They've only been the greatest rock and roll band in the world for the last twenty-five years, with no sign of losing their "edge." Although this does appear to have been their Village People phase.

swac said...

John Ford woulda loved 'em.