Driving home after a wonderful anniversary dinner tonight, U2’s “New Year’s Day” came on the radio.
“There are enough U2 songs I like.” I said to my disinterested wife, “I wish this one would go away.”
She is expert in tuning me out when I go on such tangents, so I continued my conversation in my head.
“Why do you particularly dislike this song?” I asked.
“It’s nothing but the overly emotive crap that I can’t stand about Bono,” I said. Then I added, “And he ruins it right out of the gates with an unnecessary banshee wail.”
Bono has had more space to emote than any person in earth. He does a pleading banshee wail on every U2 song. Did he really need to start this one with a pleading banshee wail?
Then “we” (is, I and I) got to talking. Beside The Stooges’ “Loose,” does any song warrant opening with a banshee wail?
I don’t think Daltry, Lennon, Jim Morrison, or PJ Harvey, some of rock’s best wailers, opened a song with a banshee wail. I could be wrong.