||From the Vault...
© Island Records
Year of Release: 1980
I Will Follow
An Cat Dubh
Into The Heart
Out Of Control
Stories For Boys
A Day Without Me
The Electric Co.
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This week, we travel back to the official debut of U2 -- Boy,
released in 1980, defines U2 as more of a traditional Eighties Punk band, with
the most popular hit "I Will Follow." U2 has improved with age and
their music over the next 20 years, and it's always fascinating to hear how
this band from Ireland started out, and would later become a household name as
being one of the best rock bands from the past 20 years.
Songs such as "Twilight" captures the traditional '80s Punk sound,
where "An Cat Dubh" has a punk mixed with new wave, as heard in such
bands as Roxy Music and/or Duran Duran. It merges into "Into The Heart,"
a song with a common 1980s Pop, and is a short tune. "Out Of Control"
returns with the sound as heard on the opening track, "I Will Follow."
Having a more rougher sound on "Out Of Control," "Stories For Boys" is
another rough cut, with the Edge's dominating guitar riffs, and punk/new wave
raw power, U2 was defining their own punk sound in the beginning of their career.
"The Ocean" is very experimental -- it was a sign of things to come
for U2 with a different sound that would be identified as U2's own. "A Day
Without Me" has the common 1980s New Wave sound, where the Edge's guitar
stands out throughout, and Bono's unique New Wave vocal style.
"Another Time, Another Place" defines what would be the common
sound of New Wave/Punk. Likewise "The Electric Co." has the New Wave
sound, yet it's as vibrant as "I Will Follow" and having its sound
defined as U2's rather than the common sound of any other '80s New Wave/Punk
band. The album's closing tune, "Shadows And Tall Trees" has a different
sound than that of the common New Wave/Punk, as U2 was busy shaping their own
sound, and for better things to come in later years.
Boy defines U2 recording music based on their influences, that being
Punk Rock, yet U2 gave Punk (and what would later be known as New Wave in
the 1980s decade) their own sound. In the next few years, U2 would build their
own sound and a whole new popularity for themselves. Their music is a force to
be reckoned with -- they have recorded incredible music throughout the past
decades, and continue to be one of music's most popular bands. In listening
to Boy, it's quite easy to determine that U2 was working on something
huge, and huge they did become, becoming a household name in music, and
having fans from all around the world.
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