Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Uno, Dos, Tres, Catorce!
The misnumbered Spanish countdown at the beginning of U2's Vertigo has a debatable origin. One, that Bono has a pretty poor grasp on the language, and, well, after a few drinkies didn't quite realize that "catorce" is "14," not four. The other explanation is that it commemorates the studio albums that Steve Lillywhite has produced for the band -- the first three, and now How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, their fourteenth. Bono has said that the song is intended to be a response to a song from their first album, Boy. Stories for Boys contains lyrics referring to a place where the singer goes... and sometimes he can't let go, hello, hello.