Bono says he is ’embarrassed’ by most U2 songs

It seems that Bono is not a big fan of his own band’s music.

The Irish singer, 61, has been part of U2 for 46 years and has written and sung many of the rock group’s hit singles.

But it turns out that Bono feels ashamed of some of the songs that the native Dublin revealed in an interview on the Hollywood Reporters “Awards Chatter” podcast with bandmate Edge.

“I’ve been in the car since one of our songs came on the radio and I’ve been the color of, as we say in Dublin, the scarlet,” he said. “I’m just so embarrassed.”

He continued: “The one I can listen to the most is ‘Miss Sarajevo’ with Luciano Pavarotti. Really, most of the others make me cringe a little bit,” adding that the tune he “probably” is “proudest” of, is “Vertigo.”

Songwriting was not the only thing he dissected. As for the name U2, Bono was not very happy about it at first. It was their first manager, Paul McGuinness, who made them keep the name by telling them it was “amazing” and wanted to “look great on a T-shirt – a letter and a number.”

And Bono apparently still has a reluctance to do so.

“I also did not realize that The Beatles was a bad pun,” he said. “In our head it was like the spy plane, the submarine. It was futuristic… It turned out to suggest this kind of consent – no, I do not like that name. I still do not really like the name.”

Bono attends a press conference discussing The Conspiracy of Hope Tour, which celebrates Amnesty International's 25th anniversary at the MLK Center on June 4, 1986 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Bono attended a 1986 press conference in Atlanta.
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Bono is also the biggest critic of his own voice.

“I have only become a singer recently. Maybe it has not happened yet for some people’s ears, and I understand that well,” he said.

He even remembered a time when singer Robert Palmer told U2 bassist Adam Clayton in the 1980s: “God, would you ever tell your singer that he should just take the keys down a little bit? He would do himself a favor, his voice is a favor, and he would do us all a favor to listen to him. ”

During the podcast, Bono seemed to agree. “I was thinking out of my body. I was not thinking about singing,” he said. “I was not really thinking about changing keys. Have we ever changed a key?”

Irish rock band U2 perform in Paris on the first stage of their European tour in 1993 called Zooropa (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)
U2 perform in Paris during their European tour in 1993, “Zooropa”.
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Bono continued to tear down his band.

“I think U2 is pushing the boat out of embarrassment quite a bit, and maybe this is the place to be as an artist – you know, right on the edge of your level of embarrassment,” he said.


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