Oops, I’m sorry about that

By: sonofabeach96

Oct 15 2015

Category: Uncategorized

43 Comments

On this date, in 2014, Bono made a public apology regarding the unsolicited download of U2’s latest album, “Songs of Innocence”, to millions of iTunes users.  The apology came during a Facebook Q&A titled #U2NoFilter.  Many people were upset about the album being “forced” onto their iTunes accounts, one even requesting the “stunt” not be repeated because “It’s really rude”.

Bono’s response included, “Oops, I’m really sorry about that.  I had this beautiful idea and we got carried away with ourselves.”  He went on to say, “Artists are prone to that kind of thing: a drop of megalomania, a touch of generosity, a dash of self-promotion, and a deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years mightn’t be heard.”  Bono eventually told Rolling Stone that, regarding complaints that people couldn’t delete the tunes, “If you don’t want it, delete it. Here’s the link.”, then provided the method to do so.

The album took nearly 5 years to complete.  This was the longest stretch between albums for the band.  Their previous album was not a commercial success, by their standards, and Bono had even wondered if they were still musically relevant at that time.  That concern likely contributed to the length of time it took to produce, as well as to the unorthodox means with which it was released.  “Songs of Innocence” was released on September 9, 2014, announced at an Apple Inc. product launch and made available only to iTunes, iTunes Radio, and Beats Music users initially.  It was made available in CD form on October 14, 2014.

I didn’t quite understand the mini-uproar about the iTunes release.  Any time a band, especially one of U2’s renown, wants to give me an entire album, for free, I’ll take it, and with no complaints.  Even though “Songs of Innocence” isn’t one of my favorites of the other 13 albums they’ve produced, they are still one of the most iconic and influential bands of all-time.  So, no complaints from me about getting it for free.

U2 is currently in the middle of a 2-leg tour, with the US leg between May-August and the European leg from September-November.  This in spite of Bono still recovering from a Central Park cycling accident in November of 2014.  As recently as May of this year, he was quoted as saying he “may never play guitar again” because of immobility in his hand related to the accident.  He can still sing though, and no matter ones opinion of their last 2 albums, or the mini-dust up about the iTunes thing, they are still one of the greatest bands of all-time.  I see them as an integral part of the fabric of my youth.

My songs of the day are an oldie, a middie, and a newbie:

“Refugee”

“Bullet The Blue Sky”

“The Miracle (of Joey Ramone)”

43 comments on “Oops, I’m sorry about that”

  1. I really like all of the posts you do on music and the history around some of the artisits. Today, reading this made me realize I have lost my connection to music.

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  2. U2 is seriously cut themselves. A lot of people when they get famous they assume that everybody likes them, wants to be with them, wants to have something of theirs. This is what I call “being up oneself.” I’m shocked that they didn’t imagine that people would’ve not wanted the content. It is a much needed exercise in “first be humble.”

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    • I see your point, and I thought the same thing, to a degree. Then I realized, “Hey, I just got a free album! Woot!”. The humble pie they had to eat was served a bit cold, but that’s good for people sometimes. As I said, it wasn’t really one of my favorite albums but I still have some of the songs in iTunes. I still believe they’re one of the best bands of my generation. But a little humility was dished up on his plate, that’s for sure.

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  3. now they would be great to see….kat

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  4. only European tour on line right now….no USA dates

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  5. U2 are a milestone in our music history. Nothing can take that away from them no matter what they do right and wrong. People assume that big stars never fail, but they do as every human does, so I agree, if you get a free album, what’s the harm in that? I remember the Joshua tree album. Our newly started local radio station played it around the clock. They didn’t had much albums in the archive in the beginning.

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  6. Have you seen this version of U2 War no more trouble? Bono appears in the middle of the video.
    War/No More Trouble | Playing for Change | Song Around The World

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  7. I can’t seem to comment under the video. Thanks for sharing that again. I saw it a while back, but shared it all over again. Plus it took me to John Lennon’s “Imagine” being played around the world. It included Lennon himself. Once again made me cry.
    We miss you, John! We will carry on your message.
    Sherrie
    Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
    http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
    Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:

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