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Undoubtedly the most popular phenomenon in rock music of the 80s in England, the Irish group U-2 began her musical career at school in Dublin 1977.
Bono (Paul David Hewson, R. 10 may 1960, Dublin, Eire; vocals), the edge (David Evans, R. August 8, 1961, Barking, Essex; guitar), Adam Clayton (born 13 March 1960, Chinnor, England; bass) and Larry Mullen Jr. (Lawrence Mullen, R. 31 October 1961, Dublin, Eire; drums) initially played cover versions of “Rolling stones” and “Beach boys” in the team called “Feedback”. Later they changed the name to “the Hype” and in 1978 finally settled on “U-2”. Under the guidance of Manager Paul McGuinness the group signed a contract with the Irish “CBS records”. With their debut EP “U2:3” followed by the single “Out Of Control” (1979), which won the 1st position in the Irish charts. “U-2” has repeated its success with “Another Day” (1980) and in the same year signed a contract with the English “Island records”.
Their British debut “11 O’clock Tick Tock”, prodyusirovaniya Martin Annetta, sold well, but the charts never got. The next two singles, “A Day Without Me” and “I Will Follow”, sold very few copies, but the group has already produced its first album with producer Steve Lillywhite. Inspiring youth “Boy” has received approval from critics, which was enhanced by the concerts that U2 were undertaking throughout the country. The excited vocals of Bono and the rhythm of the music the group made her the most promising live band in 1981. After the American tour, returning to England, boys found that their song “Fire” was in the local Top 3
U-2 Album 1981 “October” was riddled with religious, almost Evangelical power of enthusiasm. In February 1983, the band was in English Top 10 with “New Year’s Day”, a song of hope inspired by the Polish “Solidarity” movement. Soon he released the album “War”, greeted by the applause of critics. The theme of the disc is the religious and political conflicts, especially in the key track “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, which was one of the most stunning songs of the group. Next came “live album” “Under a blood red sky”, rose to 2nd position in the English charts and on the 28th in the us. By the summer of 1984 “U-2” was in the vanguard of the rock elite. The group organized their own recording company, “Mother Records” to help the development of young Irish musicians.
“Unforgettable Fire”, prodyusirovaniya Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, revealed a new maturity, a U-2, and strengthened the popularity of the group in the United States. Another single, “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”, showing the passion and humanity that were to date the permanent components of the music and lyrics of the band. The group’s commitment to its ideals emphasized her participation in the stock of “Live Aid”, and “Ireland’s Self Aid”, “Amnesty International”. During this period, “U2” made a world tour and completed work on the next album.
U-2’s “Joshua Tree” appeared in March 1987 and confirmed the position of the “U-2”, as one of the most popular bands in the world. Who led the American and British charts, the disc presented a more expansive sound that complemented the texts on the theme of revaluation of values. Especially it was felt on the related singles “With Or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, who were leaders of the American charts. After this global album 1988 was the year for U-2 is relatively quiet. Bono and the edge appeared on “Mystery Girl” Roy Orbison, and the end of the year, went “live” double “Rattle And Hum”. At the end of the 1991 song “The Fly” topped the UK charts. LP “Achtung Baby” was pretty impressive, primarily because the group to create a sense of spontaneity, deliberately went to a coarsening of the sound.
Although the following albums “Zooropa” and “Pop” critics responded more cool, the group remains one of the most attractive phenomena in modern rock. In the mid-90s, Bono spent a lot of time writing songs for other musicians. With the Edge he wrote the theme for the film about James bond “Goldeneye”. In March 2000, according to the script, Bono released film “The Million Dollar Hotel”. “U-2” and recorded it for the soundtrack of “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” based on verses by Salman Rushdie. This song was also presented on the disc “All that you can’t leave behind”, the group moved from the “electronics” and returned to his sound of the late 80s who Led the charts the song “Beautiful Day” won three awards “Grammy”, including “Song of the year”.