U2 is a band whose bloated ambition and oblivious business acumen has, for the past decade, nearly eradicated all memory of their uplifting, cinematic rock in the 80’s # and inventive, genre-melding rock in the 90s#. That’s why, for the past decade, I have decided to keep my lifelong love for them buried under stacks of more avant, and vastly hipper music.

Thankfully, The Joshua Tree, the band’s late-80s masterpiece, has recently been thrust back into the cultural conversation due to the 30th anniversary of its release; giving U2 apologists like Jason Mogavero and myself a rare opportunity to come out of the shadows and examine how the themes of the album — Reagan-era conservative resurgence, the fallacy of “Real America,” even heroin addiction — continue to resonate today.

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All tunes used/mentioned in the episode can be found in the following playlist:


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