Four hearts beat as one...
U2 is an Irish group formed in 1976 in Dublin and made up of Bono (real name Paul Hewson), The Edge (real name David Evans), Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. Flagship group of the 80s, it can to boast of having sold to date no less than 170 million records worldwide and of having won 22 Grammy Awards, an extremely rare occurrence at this level !
So the adventure begins when a few college friends, whose names are mentioned above, get together to form a first group called Feedback. A group that specializes in the revival of standards, mainly from the punk scene, standards that they interpret in a rather crude way.
In 1977, the group changed their name to The Hype. Then officially became U2 from 1978. The name of the group would have been chosen simply for its ambiguous side and interpretable in several possible ways.
Everything accelerates for the group when they win the same year a local tele-hook that allows them to record a demo. Demo that will get them noticed from the CBS label and allow them to record their first mini album which is released under the name "Three". Album which offers them a nice esteem success.
Change of label in 1980 with Island Records and first major single with the title "11 O'Clock tick tock", single which gives them a first global recognition. Shortly followed by the album "Boy", their first real album which will also be their first big hit. In particular thanks to the flagship single “I will follow”.
A year later in 1981, the album "October" was released, with mixed success but which nevertheless produced their first two singles hits, "Fire" and "Gloria".
Things took a whole new turn in 1983 when the legendary album "War" was released. Very politically oriented album, it will literally explode the notoriety of the group and overnight its members to the rank of planetary stars. The album will ultimately sell over 9 million copies worldwide and produce the legendary "New Year's Day" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday", and to a lesser extent "Two hearts beat as one". The world is then literally in shock, and the charm of this extraordinary group with its incredibly rich and innovative sound.
The year 1984 saw the release of the album "The unforgettable fire", with a more refined, more accomplished sound that did almost as well as its predecessor. Certified Triple Platinum, it will sell 7 million copies. The magnificent “Pride (In the name of love)”, written in tribute to Martin Luther King, which became their best single ranked on that date, will be extracted mainly. As well as the no less remarkable “The unforgettable fire”.
But that's without counting on the marvel that came out three years later in 1987, namely the album "The Joshua tree", an album of all records, already starting with its number of copies sold : around 25 million !! Once again, the sound of the group evolves, this time towards a more blues, folk universe to which is added a hint of gospel. "With or without you" will be its main gem and will go down in history as one of the group's biggest global successes. Followed by little "I still haven’t found what I’m looking for" which will also record more than impressive sales scores.
The years go by but are not necessarily alike. The proof with the release in 1988 of the album "Rattle and hum". An album which, despite its 15 million copies sold and despite its 4 hits including the enormous "Desire", will not go down in history as the brightest and most acclaimed of all the group's albums, far from it.
Three years later in 1991 came back in force with the album "Achtung baby", an album created in pain between Berlin and Dublin, against a backdrop of conflict between certain members of the group. This does not prevent it from being the second biggest sale of the group with its 18 million copies. He will produce no less than 5 mega hits with the flagship single "The fly" in mind, which will be a real worldwide hit. Followed by a few "Mysterious ways", "One", "Even better than the real thing" and "Who's gonna ride Tyour Wild Horses".
Two years later, in 1993, the album "Zooropa" was released, an album that ended up at number one on a number of Charts worldwide and yet was the starting point of a slow but irreversible decline of the group. With only 7 million copies sold, it only produced one notorious hit with the track "Stay (Faraway, so close!)".
The "Pop" album, which came out four years later in 1997, very Dance Club oriented, did not do much better in terms of sales. On the other hand, on the singles side, it's a real surge with 4 minor hits and 1 major. “Discotheque” for the major and “Staring at the sun”, “Last night on earth”, “Please” and “If god will send his angels” for the minors.
Back to basics from the year 2000, with the album "All that you can’t leave behind". A much more rock-oriented album, which rhymes with rebirth and which will reconcile the fans with the group. But that is another story that we will have the opportunity to talk about again ...
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Another day 1980
A day without you 1980
I will follow 1980
A celebration 1982
New year’s day 1983
Two hearts beat as one 1983
Sunday bloody Sunday 1983
Pride (In the name of love) 1984
The unforgettable fire 1985
With or without you 1987
I still haven't found what I'm looking for 1987
Where the streetshave no name 1987
In God’s country 1987
Angel of Harlem 1988
When love comes to town 1989
All I want is you 1989
The fly 1991
Mysterious ways 1991
Even better than the real thing 1992
Who’s gonna ride your wild horses 1992
Stay (Faraway, so close !) 1993
Hold me, hrill me, kiss me, kill me 1995
Miss Sarajevo 1995
Staring at the sun 1997
Last night on earth 1997
If god will send his angels 1997
Sweetest thing 1998
1980 ... the beginnings of the genesis of an adventure which will prove to be incredibly incredible for this small group of young people who do not look like much for the moment. But whose style is already asserted ...
1980 ... a first year of existence where the group already shows obvious talent and a sound among the best of the moment across the Channel
1980 ... a decidedly incredible year for the group and which ended in the best possible way. Here comes their first ranked hit. On a particularly successful title and where all of the future Grand U2 is already there
1981 ... if for their part, everything is already there, the public is not yet quite close. But it will not be long...
1981 ... the group's fame begins to extend beyond the UK. It is now throughout the entire Anglo-Saxon planetary sphere that the group is starting to make people talk about him ...
1982 ... a year 1982 almost equivalent to the year 1981. The group is gaining strength, that's clear. But for the moment, not yet the exceptional title (s) that allow you to pass in the big leagues
1983 ... then comes THIS title. An awesome title that will change everything, as much their level of notoriety as their destiny. The sound, the melody, the style, everything is incredibly innovative for the time. A-MA-ZING !
1983 ... the legend is now on. Each title that will come out now is going to be an event in itself. And we are gone for years and years !
1983 ... a decidedly exceptional year with this 3rd title which will undoubtedly remain as one of their most emblematic. The group is becoming THE phenomenon of the moment !
1984 ... a year 1984 much quieter than the previous one. At least, in terms of the release of titles. Because the little that comes out is exceptional. This title propels the group into spheres never reached before. The fame of the group is now intergalactic !
1985 ... another single-title year. After the beginning of the decade on the hats of wheel, the group takes a break and calms the game. On the title side, here on the other hand, the level does not weaken, on the contrary !
1987 ... after an empty year 1986, the time for supreme consecration has come. Starting with this title which will undoubtedly remain as one of their biggest hits. A phenomenal success for an absolutely sumptuous title which shows the crazy and totally extraordinary talent of this group
1987 ... 1983 was an exceptional year. It was without counting on the year 1987 which will prove to be even a notch above. It's a surge of HUGE titles which follow one another at a staggering speed. The group literally walks on water ...
1987 ... the 'little' hit of the year. Which would be a mega hit for 90% of the other bands of the time. This is to say the level reached by the group !
1987 ... a year 1987 which does not stop producing titles of very very large caliber. Admittedly, this one will be the least known of the 4 but we will largely be satisfied with it !
1988 ... the years go by ... and look alike. This is simply their biggest hit of the decade. A planetary tidal wave that nothing and no one can stop ...
1988 ... few titles in this year 1988 but once again, in Premium quality. No waste in this group, it is truly phenomenal !
1989 ... a surrealist duo to end the decade in style. When 2 legends meet, the result is necessarily up to the task !
1989 ... a decade that ends in fireworks with this new global mega hit. A hallucinating decade for this group which will have become in 10 years one of the biggest musical phenomena of the century
1991 ... after a decade 80 which will have seen them explode, will the decade see them consecrate in the Top 20 of the greatest groups of all time ? It could be ... because we're restarting the decade with staggering new sales levels !
1991 ... an incredible dynamic which does not weaken despite an evolution of style of the group, and of sound, which could have completely destabilized the fans of the 1st hour. Oh no, quite the contrary !
1992 ... another year with 3 mega hits after 1983 and 1987. The group is more and more in the Intimist, a major turning point in their evolution
1992 ... an inspiration constantly in motion and in direct contact with their time. The major force of the Great and which makes all the difference with the competition to stay on top
1992 ... a triplet of mega hits in solid gold. Everything the group touches now turns into this precious metal !
1993 ... a year 1993 a notch below. Amazing, but it happens to them. But there is always at least 1 mega hit per year. For the year 1993, it will be this one !
1995 ... a 1993 year inside and a 1994 empty year. What happens to them ...? Nothing to worry about when you see the resounding comeback they are making in 1995 !
1995 ... another legendary 'duo'. They do 1 per decade on average. This time it will be with the Tenor of the Tenor, just that. They sign here a new title Intimiste of all beauty. MA-GIC !
1997 ... then nothing in 1996. We say to ourselves, this time, it is indeed the end of the adventure. In view of what will happen next, it's quite the opposite. A year of madness with a number of mega hits like never seen before. Yes Yes !
1997 ... admittedly, they will not all have the same level of success, the previous one being the best ranked of all. But the 'minus' with them is once again the 'mega' for all the competition !
1997 ... and a 3rd in a row. We already match the best previous years. And we will even exceed them. Masters of the world !
1997 ... between the style of their beginning and their current style, there is hardly any similarity. Almost one-of-a-kind adaptability. Few groups of an equivalent level have been able to cross the decades with such ease !
1997 ... and here comes the 5th. yes, ladies and gentlemen, we've got 5 mega hits in one year. I told you that this year was going to outperform all the others !
1998 ... we go from one extreme to another. 5 mega hits for the previous year and only 1 for the year 1998. A single mega hit because only one single was released. Single which will be their last of the decade. The slanderers could announce the end of the group ... Oh no, quite the contrary. The 2000s will be a beautiful decade for the group. One more brilliant decade !
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