New Year’s Day Music Byte

Boston's "First Night" celebration.

U2 are a rock band from Dublin, Ireland. The group consists of Bono (vocals and rhythm guitar), The EdgeAdam Clayton (bass guitar), and Larry Mullen, Jr. (drums and percussion). (guitar, keyboards, and vocals),

The band formed at secondary school in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. Within four years, they signed to Island Records and released their debut album. By the mid-1980s, they had become a top international act. They were more successful as a live act than they were at selling records, until their 1987 album The Joshua Tree, which, according to Rolling Stone, elevated the band’s stature “from heroes to superstars”. Their 1991 album Achtung Baby and the accompanying Zoo TV Tour were a musical and thematic reinvention for the band. Reacting to their own sense of musical stagnation and a late-1980s critical backlash, U2 incorporated dance music and alternative rock into their sound and performances, replacing their earnest image with a more ironic tone. Similar experimentation continued for the remainder of the 1990s. Since 2000, U2 have pursued a more conventional sound, while maintaining influences from their previous musical explorations.

U2 have released 12 studio albums and are among the most critically and commercially successful groups in popular music. They have won 22 Grammy Awards, more than any other band, and they have sold more than 145 million records In 2005, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone magazine listed U2 at #22 in its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time. Throughout their career, as a band and as individuals, they have campaigned for human rights and philanthropic causes, including Amnesty International, the ONE Campaign, Product Red, and Bono’s DATA campaign.

New Year’s Day”  is the third track from their 1983 album War and it was released as the album’s lead single in January 1983. Written about the PolishSolidarity movement, “New Year’s Day” is driven by Adam Clayton’s distinctive bassline and The Edge’s keyboard playing. It was the band’s first UK hit single, peaking at #10 on the singles chart, #11 on the Dutch Top 40 and charting on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time in their career. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed the single at #427 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

Please enjoy this video clip of U2 performing “New Year’s Day”. Oh, and let’s go Boston Bruins!!!

Posted on January 1, 2010, in Songs, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Happy New Year and congratulations on the exciting Bruins win. It couldn’t get more appropriate that, could it?

    I love U2 and this song.

    • Happy New year to you too (or is it U2, get it?). Thanks for all the help and funny discourse over the last number of months. We’ve had a lot of laughs. The Bruins game was fun to watch. I was pleasantly surprised that the Dropkick Murphys performed at Fenway just prior to the drop of the puck. I don’t know if you saw them, but coincidentally they played “State of Massachusetts”. I’m glad you gave the game a go inasmuch as hockey is not the biggest thing In CA. Then again, CA does have 3 pro teams. Thank goodness the weather held off because we are having a big snowstorm today and tomorrow.

      I wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2010. Talk to you soon.

      • Heard the DKM snippets around commercial breaks, (the cats were safely at home).

        Two classmates in HS were French Canadians, and their cousin was recruited to The Kings when they were the only team in CA. After college, I went to the Expo in Vancouver–one of the sisters was standing in a line and recognized me as I walked past. It’s a very small world, one with beautiful weather and a lot of people here. You never know who you’ll meet.

        Your blog is a lot of fun. I am in awe of your creativity and crack up daily at your sense of humor. Thank YOU!

  2. Nice transition from Christmas to New Year in the photo.

  3. @ nswfm

    A lot of folks don’t remember this but, in 1967 the NHL expanded from six teams (hence, “The Original Six” – Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks) to twelve. Two of the expansion teams were based in California, the Los Angeles Kings and the Oakland Seals.

    The Seals have an interesting but short history. They played in the Cow Palace and had green and blue uniforms (representing the earth and sky) but were on shaky financial grounds from the outset. In 1970 the team was purchased by eccentric Oakland Athletics owner, Charlie Finley. he changed the team’s name to the California Golden Seals and also changed the team colors to kelly green and gold so as to match the A’s uniforms. He also made his players wear white skates which was very unpopular to say the least. The team struggled both on the ice and financially and Finley (unable to find a buyer) turned the team over to the NHL itself in 1976. The league changed the team’s name to the California Seals and changed its colors to teal, gold and white. The team operated under league ownership for two seasons before it was purchased by new owners and the franchise was moved to Cleveland.

    The team was re-named the Cleveland Barons but once again went bankrupt in 1978. This time the NHL elected to merge the team and its players with the also struggling Minnesota North Stars franchise. All went well with the merged franchise (they went to the Stanley Cup finals in 1981 and 1991) until it was sold to Norm Green in 1992. The new owner elected to move the franchise to Dallas where it was renamed the Dallas Stars.The team won the Stanley Cup in 1998-99 and remains in Dallas to this day.

    • I’m thinking their problems started because they were playing in the Cow Palace in San Fransisco, not somewhere in Oakland. But that’s just a guess.

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