Dave Fanning interviews The Edge regarding the Captive soundtrack album for the RTE TV series “Visual Eyes”. Interview sound quality is fairly low. Topics include; using U2 tracks in movies, Edge as a movie fan, black and white movies, corrupting influences in movies, Michael Brook, U2’s recording process, and will there be other movie soundtracks? Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. First broadcast August 20-28, 1986.
As part of the “In The Studio with Redbeard” radio series, Edge and Adam discuss Achtung Baby. The show is a mix of interview clips and music from the album. Topics include; recording in Berlin, staying in East Berlin, Eno and Lanois, mixing The Fly, trashy guitars and dirty bass, Mysterious Ways, Bono’s lyrics, Tryin’ To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Zoo TV, Until The End Of The World, and the state of radio in America. Part 4 is a commercial for the show. Taken from the original Promo CD “In The Studio, #236, U2 Achtung Baby”. For airing the week of December 28th, 1992″.
In 1982, U2 filmed a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” message for MTV music television. At this point, MTV had placed U2’s Gloria Video into heavy rotation, setting the stage for the War videos to come a year later. During the message, U2 walks around the Dublin Docklands. First broadcast March 17th, 1982. View the video on YouTube by clicking here.
Taped “hotel junket” style UK interview with Bono and Adam. This is a typical mid-80’s U2 vinyl interview, so the sound has something to be desired, particularly for Bono who was not close to the mic. Topics include Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, politics, hype in music, doing interviews, loss of privacy in U2, the prospect of being U2 in 20 years, collaboration, October as a turning point, Pride, Island Records, the U2 value system, room service is ordered (sandwiches and Heineken). Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Exact recording date unknown, believed to be 1985.
U2 are in Brussels Belgium for the first show of the European Vertigo tour. While there, the band have a short interview with Mariella Frostrup for the BBC 2 TV series The Culture Show. Topics include; touring, Live 8, Bono’s work, etc. Recorded June 10th, 2005, first broadcast 7:00PM, June 13th, 2005.
Larry speaks! A week or so before The Joshua Tree is to be released on March 9th 1987, Larry drops by Dave Fanning‘s show to world premier four cuts from the album . Additionally, Larry has brought in “a bunch of records” to play, and Dave Fanning gets him to speak at length on a number of things. Topics includes; David Bowie, aging gracefully, The Joshua Tree, sounding like U2, the world tour, Joshua Tree as a double album, Bono’s lyrics, Regan’s America, drumming to serve the song, piano lessons and drum lessons, the Artane Boys Band, shoulder length hair, Mount Temple, the early days, The Sweet, Red Hill Mining Town, the U2 fan club, getting hassled by fans, living in and giving back to Dublin, the Red Hill Mining Town and With Or Without You video shoots, Larry’s hand problems, live drums, Paul Brady and Patty Smith sessions, t-shirts and ticket pricing, Exit, and Working Class Hero. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Originally broadcast on or about March 2nd, 1987.
On the eve of the Joshua Tree Cork Show, and just after The “Cork Mafia” interview the previous hour, Dave Fanning plays an hour of U2 interview highlights from 1987. Dave had members of the band on his RTE 2 FM show at least three times during that year. First, the entire band recorded U2 Talkie with Dave in February, then Larry dropped by to world premier tracks from The Joshua Tree in early March, and finally the entire band dropped by for the famous “Nude Interview” in June. This show includes brief highlights from each of these three interviews and was padded out with U2 songs and other music. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Originally broadcast 9:00pm, August 7th, 1987.
On the eve of the Joshua Tree Cork Show, five members of U2’s road crew drop by for an interview with Dave Fanning. The crew members are; Joe O’Herlihy, Steve Iredale, Tim Buckley, Tom Mullany, and Sam O’ Sullivan. Discussion centers on the early days with U2 and assorted bits related to being on the road. Topics include; what was so special about U2?, getting equipment, people jumping on stage, taking care of Larry, what happens at soundcheck?, the effect of climate on sound, indoor vs outdoor sound, Adam’s sub lows, covering the pitch, can you get Murphys in Edinborough?, the bus fire, flying vs. driving, tension within the crew, local crew, what happens when U2 is off the road?, Rory Gallagher, U2 playing the Lark by the Lee, what will U2 play in Cork tomorrow? Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Originally broadcast 8:00pm, August 7th, 1987.
Bono and Mike Peters visit with KZEW in Dallas Texas, “the Rock and Roll Alternative”. Bono does most of the talking with DJ George Gimarc while Mike Peters naps mostly. Topics include; the Us Festival, categorizing music, playing The Refugee, The Alarm, what does An Cat Dubh mean?, Tom Snyder and the Tomorrow Show, Sunday Bloody Sunday, studio vs live, Windmill Lane studio, CBS demos, the Stories for Boys demo is played from the Just For Kicks album, the name U2, Ireland, the Boy on the album covers, Mike Peters plays Blaze Of Glory for Bono, can U2 change the world?, Bono invites a fan to the sound check, the writing process, A Celebration, Larry being so quiet, The Fool is played, writing for the Royal Dublin Ballet, the “much maligned” October album. Special thanks to Sue Fell for providing this interview. Originally broadcast June 12nd, 1983. A great transcription of this interview can be found here.