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CA11 U2 – Achtung Baby I Part 2

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Although here at Riot Act we don’t believe that podcasts can be free (we believe that podcasts are sacred), with the world awakening this morning to a special dawn, a dawn that signifies exactly two years since Riot Act was born, Stephen Hill and Remfry Dedman present you with a very special gift to signify this occasion.

In part 2 we look at the bands first record of the 90’s, and potentially the album that saved U2’s career; 1991’s Achtung Baby. Starting from the existential crisis that gripped U2 in the aftermath of the poorly received Rattle And Hum project, to the Berlin sessions that were full of soul searching, radical musical direction changing and eventually where U2 found the inspiration for the next chapter of their career, and ending up looking at the band embracing excess, irony and rock superstardom as a means to hit back at their detractors. We look at the influence of the album on artists as diverse as Nine Inch Nails and Jack White, how it stands up today and how U2 ended up inside a lemon on the next stage of their journey. 

Two specials, two albums, one band, that you never asked for, we’re giving it to you regardless. Happy birthday us. You’re very welcome.

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