Talking Like a Jerk: #0005 – We Love U2 Almost as Much as You Hate Them
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.
All tunes used/mentioned in the episode can be found in the following playlist:
- “U2 Are Finally Acting Their Age” by Kyle McGovern, Pitchfork
- “The Edge Breaks Down U2’s Upcoming ‘Joshua Tree’ Tour” by Andy Greene, Rolling Stone
- “U2 Teams Up With Bank Of America For Super Bowl Commercial, AIDS Fundraising” Huffington Post
- “A 1950s TV Show Featured a Character Named Trump Who Wanted to Build a Huge Wall” by Jay Serafino, Mental Floss
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