the recent 'guy magazine' titled blender (get it? blender, margaritaville, party, guys) anyway, the cover picture has . . . well, let me just show you:
on the cover, with the band in knee deep in water, the cover proclaims "the fabulous life of U2: jets! private islands! male bonding!
but then, beginning on page 112, an article titled 'walk on water' immediately begins to crack the carefully framed 'party guys' image on the cover.
first, much of the article is about the new ablum, 'how to dismantle an atomic bomb,' that in large part deals with bono's father's death in 2001. topic number one that moves it to a more serious level. male bonding? the article is about a father and son who fight, yet the son flies back from concerts to sit by his dying father's side.
second, the tension in the band revolves not around sex or drugs, but around work for justice--concern for bono becoming overextended in his leadership of the jubilee 2000 effort to get wealthy western nations to forgive the debt of poor developing nations and now also taking up the cause of aids in africa.
third, the article tries mightily to stay on light topics, but when it comes to the final page where they give an overview of the 11 songs on the new album, the caption quote from the edge is 'it could be about god.' really? its not about the fabulous life of rock stars? jets? private islands? male bonding?
subversion of the genre for the sake of god. in, but not of the world, anyone?
anon, and +peace