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CA11 U2 – The Joshua Tree I Part 1

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. 

A free, whether you asked for it or not, double header Classic Album series podcast on Irish megastars U2. In the first part we look at the bands 1987 behemoth The Joshua Tree, an album that turned U2 from hotly tipped and much loved arena rock heroes to the single biggest band on planet Earth. From the coming of Age at Live Aid in 1985, to the exploration and discovery of American artists that inspired the album, to the double Grammy winning, multi-million selling success that came in the aftermath of the record, we look at the story of one of the biggest albums of all time. Then we delve into the backlash that came U2’s way as the pressure the band felt and the fatigue the public felt toward the band threatened to destroy them.

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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CA11 U2 – Achtung Baby I Part 2

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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13 – Taking Our Tops Off For Tool (feat. Matt Reynolds from Haggard Cat)

Steve and Remfry are joined by Matt Reynolds, one half of dirty ‘delta’ blues two-piece Haggard Cat, whose popped by (from Nottingham) for some tea cakes. Whilst he was here, we thought why not ask him to help us review the new albums by Bloodbath, Daughters and Pijn. For Trade Off, Steve wraps his ears around Okovi by Zola Jesus for the first time, whilst Remfry gets to grips with Assassins: Black Meddle Part 1 by Nachtmystium.

Elsewhere, Remfry gets sad about seeing his last ever Arcane Roots show, Steve gives us the review that literally no-one has been asking for in the form of U2 at London’s O2 Arena and they both give their accounts of Black Peaks’s sold out headline show at The Underworld. Plus, there’s discussion of Noel Gallagher’s new 70s disco direction and Steve gets so excited about the return of Tool that he insists everybody takes their tops off!

In addition to all that, we also have the second part of ‘The World According to Jamie Lenman’, where the big JL leads us through ‘The Madness’, the elusive seventh album from ska-pop legends Madness