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U2 song 40
“The lyrics are a modification of the Bible’s Psalm 40. The song was released as a commercial single only in Germany, simply to promote U2’s appearance at the Loreley Festival in 1983”
“This was the last song written for the album. They had already used an extra week of studio time and needed one more song in a hurry, so Bono opened a bible, read from Psalm 40 of Psalms of David, and they put it to music.”
U2 Band name
“Supposedly, Steve Averill, a punk rock musician and family friend of Clayton’s, had suggested six potential names from which the band chose “U2.”
There is no solidly validated reason for the name choice other than perhaps its brevity, intentional ambiguity and opportunities for interpretations.
I couldn’t find any further explanation on U2’s official website or in the book, U2 by U2.
But there are many references that might have influenced the choice. Best known to Americans is that a U2 is a type of spy plane used by the United States in the 1960’s which was made famous when a 1960 international incident. A U.S. Lockheed U-2 plane over the Soviet Union was shot down over Russia and resulted in the pilot being taken as a prisoner during the Cold War. The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed “Dragon Lady”,
A U2 is also a dry-cell battery type now known in the U.S. as a D battery.
A number of European railway systems have a U2 as part of their designations.
U2 can also be seen as being a version of “you too” referring to the audience and its role in the band’s musical experience
I have also seen a reference to a U2 being a government form used in Ireland – but that seems to more likely be the origin, as we have explicated, for UB40. “
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