Artists' Influences Depending On Their Country - U2 Feedback

Go Back   U2 Feedback > Your Blue Room > Everything You Know Is Wrong > Everything You Know Is Wrong Archive
Click Here to Login
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-08-2002, 02:14 PM   #1
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
oliveu2cm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Live from Boston
Posts: 8,334
Local Time: 12:40 PM
Artists Influences Depending On Their Country

Bill Graham, who used to be a writer for Hotpress Magazine & long time U2 advocate, was quoted in the Gavin Friday book I read recently.

I found this particularly interesting. Thoughts?

"The Oscar Wilde background is very Irish. I have a personal theory. You'll find within a lot of Irish musicians, songwriters and so forth a definite sense of: the people who precede them are the writers. If you are involved in American music, you say: "The Ramones preceded me or Elvis or Blondie, Patti Smith, Dylan or whatever". Since you don't have that sort of musical heritage -- we
have folk heritage but no rock and roll or pop heritage -- you'll see Van Morrison releating himself to Yeats, you see it in Shane McGowan, also. You'll see a lot of people identifying with Flann O'Brien, you'll see it in the Radiators. Phillip Chevron has all sorts of references to Joyce and O'Casey and Behan and so forth. There is that sense: if you are Irish you go measure yourself a little bit against those people. You will never see an English musician taking anything from T.S. Elliot or Auden."
__________________

oliveu2cm is offline  
Old 10-09-2002, 11:38 AM   #2
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Posts: 8,800
Local Time: 06:40 PM
That is interesting. Never thought about that, but it is true.
__________________

FallingStar is offline  
Old 10-09-2002, 08:33 PM   #3
Blue Crack Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 17,927
Local Time: 11:40 AM

Yes I have thought about that. U2 were influenced by very different bands than American bands who grew up and formed at the same time.
U2Kitten is offline  
Old 10-10-2002, 09:39 AM   #4
Rock n' Roll Doggie
FOB
 
oliveu2cm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Live from Boston
Posts: 8,334
Local Time: 12:40 PM

Even more than being influenced by different bands, though, U2 were influenced a lot by writers. How many references have we heard Bono make to Yeats or Wilde or Joyce, as well as indirect references/allusions to them and their writings/themes/ideas in his songs. I think that's fascinating, and quite different than American artists.
oliveu2cm is offline  
 

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:40 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Design, images and all things inclusive copyright © Interference.com
×