Biography

Four teenage musicians - Paul Hewson (Bono), Dave Evans (The Edge), Larry Mullen Jr. and Adam Clayton formed rock band U2 in Dublin in 1976. Initially, the band comprised three more members and had the title The Larry Mullen Band, but it changed several names and was left by three members, thus reducing to the quartet called U2. In 1978, on the Saint Patrick's Day, the musicians won in a local talent competition and got the money for the record of a demo. The music by U2 for that period was rather cheerful. Singles Three and Another Day brought moderate fame in Ireland to the band. In 1980, U2 signed a contract with Island Records and created their debut Boy with the hit I Will Follow. After the tours along the UK, the artists recorded their second attempt October, which became the most religiously themed full-length in the whole U2's discography. In 1983, the band already finished its third album War with piercing hits Bloody Sunday and New Year's Day. The tour along Europe and The USA was a sound success.

The next disc The Unforgettable Fire became the real breakthrough of the band, combining the elements of classical rock and daring sound experiments. The group changed not only the sound; the lyrics also became deeper and filled with semitones. The song about Martin Luther King, called Pride (In The Name Of Love) became the hit. Around the same time, U2 and especially its soloist Bono started to take an active part in numerous movements for the civil rights - including The Amnesty International. The follow-up The Joshua Tree featured the fusion of rock and national Irish music, jazz, country and gospels. The album got two Grammies and produced two smash hits - With Or Without You and I Still Haven’t Found What I'm Looking For. The work over the album Achtung Baby took place in Berlin with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who collaborated with U2 over The Unforgettable Fire. Achtung Baby saw light in 1991, and got darker moods than the previous long-plays (the consequence of The Edge's divorce) and had innovative character. The supporting tour for Achtung Baby became one of the most spectacular multimedia shows in the world's rock history.

On the album Zooropa U2 left rock traditions more bravely - the full-length had elements of techno and electronica, noticeable on the singles Lemon, Numb, Stay (Faraway, So Close!) and Zooropa. After this album, U2 made soundtracks for films Batman Forever, Mission Impossible and wrote the theme song for the picture about James Bond GoldenEye, performed by Tina Turner. The Pop album with rhythmic and memorable single Mofo saw light in 1997 - this time the artists focused on sampling and programming, combining it with techno. In 2000, the disc All That You Can't Leave Behind marked the U2's comeback to the rock of 80's. Such tuneful tracks as Beautiful Day, Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of and Elevation became hits all over the world, while the disc itself presented U2 with six Grammies. The work over the How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb long-play began in 2003, but in the summer of 2004 the material was stolen. However, the members of U2 managed to preserve control over the situation and the album was released the same year, producing the bright rock hit Vertigo. In 2005, Bruce Springsteen inducted U2 into the US Rock-n-roll Hall Of Fame. In 2006, the band included its best singles on the U218 Singles compilation.

The next studio album by U2, No Line on the Horizon, was released in February 2009. It was U2's first album in nearly five years and their best since 1991's Achtung Baby. It was recorded in the Moroccan city of Fez. Despite the playful exhortation of the lead single Get on Your Boots, No Line on the Horizon was mostly reflective. It featured intriguing stylistic experiments like the soul ballad Moment of Surrender; the gang vocals of Unknown Caller; and the Middle Eastern-flavored Fez-Being Born, inspired by Morocco.

Studio Albums

U2, Songs of Innocence mp3Songs of Innocence
2014
  • Pop Rock
U2, No Line on the Horizon mp3No Line on the Horizon
On its twelfth album No Line On The Horizon U2 has turned away from the classic rock tendencies present on the last two records as if remembering to have a lot of sensual, soft and breathtaking melodies in its repertoire
2009
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb mp3How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Having redeemed itself big-time with classy throwback All That You Can't Leave Behind, the graying Irish quartet now delivers a totally explosive follow-up with this passionate, well-aged release. A slower album
2004
  • Pop/Rock
U2, Pop mp3Pop
1997
  • Alternative Dance
  • Electronic
  • Pop/Rock
U2, Zooropa mp3Zooropa
1993
  • Electronic
  • Experimental Rock
  • Pop/Rock
U2, Achtung Baby mp3Achtung Baby
1991
  • Pop/Rock
U2, Rattle and Hum mp3Rattle and Hum
1988
  • Blues Rock
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
U2, The Joshua Tree mp3The Joshua Tree
1987
  • Pop/Rock
  • Rock
U2, The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition) mp3The Joshua Tree (Deluxe Edition)
1987
  • Indie Rock
  • Pop Rock
U2, The Unforgettable Fire mp3The Unforgettable Fire
1984
  • Pop/Rock
  • Post-Punk
  • Rock
U2, War mp3War
1983
  • Pop/Rock
  • Post-Punk
U2, Boy mp3Boy
1980
  • Post-Punk

Singles

U2, You're the Best Thing About Me mp3You're the Best Thing About Me
2017
  • Indie Rock
  • Pop Rock
U2, Invisible mp3Invisible
2014
  • Pop Rock
U2, Vertigo mp3Vertigo
2004
  • Pop/Rock

Compilation albums

U2, U218 Singles mp3U218 Singles
Bearing a simple name U218 the album offers a very lucky collection of most popular songs with a couple of nice surprises – U2 has recorded two new compositions which are both included. Besides some songs are in versions unheard before
2006
  • Rock

Lives

U2, U22 mp3U22
2012
  • Indie Rock
  • Pop/Rock
U2, Under A Blood Red Sky mp3Under A Blood Red Sky
1983
  • Post-Punk
  • Pop Rock

Remixes

U2, Artificial Horizon mp3Artificial Horizon
2010
  • Pop/Rock
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