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.

1 comment:

Cori said...

I remember some controversy over U2's lyrics for "In the Name of Love" as well. There was a complaint that Bono had his history all wrong in the song... "Early morning, April 4, a shot rang out, in the Memphis sky."

MLK was assisinated on April 4, but not in the morning.

Supposedly Bono said something like... "Read the fucking lyrics!" Where "morning" is actually "MOURNING".