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What do U2 sing about?


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Here's some what I think are interesting articles' that I wrote which attempt to pull together some of the common themes and concepts in the songs that U2 have written.

It's clear Bono has some key areas of interest, America, love, MLK, Elvis and of course, religion.


* With love.

Lyrics to the 'This House is not for sale' album by Bon Jovi



Lyrics to the 'This House is not for sale' album by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi's first full studio album since The Circle, This House is Not For Sale features classic Jon Bon Jovi lyrics. The first single from the album, was the name of the album! Good on ya Jon. 

The video for the song can be watched online here.

Lyrics and Track listing for This House is Not for Sale.

This House Is Not for Sale
Living With The Ghost
Knockout
Labor Of Love
Born Again Tomorrow
Rollercoaster
New Year's Day
Devils In The Temple
Scars On This Guitar
God Bless This Mess
Reunion
Come On Up To Our House

Bonus Tracks available with the digital purchase of the album.

Revolution Radio album lyrics by Green Day


Revolution Radio album lyrics by Green Day

Green Day's new studio album is called Revolution Radio. Billie-Joe Armstrong has referred to it as Rev Rad and it appears it's a return to form if we are judging the first single Bang Bang on any level.

Here's the lyrics to all the songs on the album:

Radio Revolution / Rev Rad

1. "Somewhere Now"
2. "Bang Bang"  
3. "Revolution Radio"  
4. "Say Goodbye"  
5. "Outlaws"  
6. "Bouncing Off the Wall"  
7. "Still Breathing"  
8. "Youngblood"  
9. "Too Dumb to Die"  
10. "Troubled Times"
11. "Forever Now"  
12. "Ordinary World"

List of U2 number one songs


U2 live - number one songs

How many number one songs have U2 had?

The short version: UK 7 and US 2

The long version:

U2 have had all kinds of hits on the music charts but at the end of the day it’s the songs that made number one on those charts that are often the ones asked about as questions in pub quizzes. So to help you out, here’s a list or two of U2 songs that have made number one.

There are various kinds of charts that track popularity and they often revolve around rock, country and blues and are used to allow music that would never be mainstream get some air time. There’s even the itunes charts which for some unexplained reason people seem to think matters…

Two my mind there are only two charts that really count. Being ‘Top of the Pops’ in the UK means you are number one and crowning the Billboard 200 means you have the most popular song for the week in America. And we’ll use those charts to show how many number on hits U2 have had.

First up is the America Billboard chart which shows the U2 have had two number one hits. Both hits were from The Joshua Tree and were With or Without You and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. Desire from Rattle and Hum made it as high as 3 and a couple of singles from Achtung Baby and Pop made the top 10 and that’s it.

So, U2 have only had 2 number one American hits.

It’s a better story for the UK chart where U2 have had a bit more success in terms of chart toppers.

Nothing from The Joshua Tree went to number one despite the album’s massive success so it was Desire that became U2’s first UK number one hit. It came from Rattle and Hum. In 1991 when The Fly flew off as the lead single from Achtung Baby it landed at number 1.

It was a long time between drinks when Discotheque dropped in 1997.

U2’s All That You Can’t Leave Behind had a string of popular singles but only Beautiful Day in 2000 managed the spot. A debatable number one is Take Me to the Clouds Above" by LMC vs. U2. Debatable as it was a song featuring samples from U2's With or Without You with a health splash of Whitney Houston thrown in. At the end of the day, the song has U2’s name in the space where the artist’s name goes so it counts as a number one.

How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb offered a notable double with both Vertigo and Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own grabbing their time in the top position.

No Line on the Horizon suffered from a lack of hit singles.

This means U2 have had seven number one hits in the UK and two in the U2. Unsurprisingly U2 are even more popular in their home country of Ireland and owned the number one place an awesome 21 times.

The next most popular country is the enlightened people of Canada with 14 which is twice as many as the UK successes.

List of U2’s UK number one songs:
  • Desire
  • The Fly
  • Discotheque
  • Beautiful Day
  • Take Me to the Clouds Above
  • Vertigo
  • Sometimes You Can’t Make it On Your Own
Speaking of Green Day, do want to read the lyrics from the songs of Revolution Radio? Get your eyes over Ordinary World (no, it's not a Duran Duran cover!) and also our favourite from the album, the almost criminally under rated, Still Breathing

What gear do I need to start home brewing?



What gear do I need to start home brewing?

If you’ve decided to brew beer, you’re in great company. Einstein, Churchill and Thor himself and every man with a shed has at one point or another brewed some tasty beverages. But they all had to start somewhere, and so here’s a list of what equipment you might need to get started brewing beer.

We’re talking about brewing using a beer kit here, the kind of brewing where you ‘beer wort’ basically comes in a can. You get to choose what hops or sugar you add (jelly beans maybe) and the rest is simply following some good brewing instructions.

But what do you need to brew some good home made beer. This list is just the basics, you could probably actually get away with using less but at the very least, this guide should help you decide what you need to get that golden ale flowing down your gullet. 

What gear you might use on brewing day 

Ingredients 
  • A beer kit – source a handy brew from an online store, or your local brew supplier. Some supermarkets stock them 
  • A brew enhancer, DME or dextrose – 1Kg 
  • Hops – an optional addition but good for getting some good aromatic flavours and it's easy to add hops to the beer *
Equipment for brewing
  • Sanitizer - To sanitize all of your equipment. It’s a must. If you don’t your beer might die. 
  • 6 gallon / 23 litre fermenter (drum or bottle). You will use this for making your beer in 
  • Thermometer - To monitor the temperature of the wort – this is so you can add the yeast at the correct temperature and avoid killing it. *
  • Hydrometer - Used test the original gravity of your batch *
  • Paddle or spoon - Something to stir the boil with, maybe not your wife’s best spoon. A long handle is what you need. 
  • Gloves – making beer can get a little messy *
  • Can opener – to open the beer kit 
  • Water - Access to both boiling and cold water 
  • Bubble Airlock – to allow the release of CO2 and to assist with the observation of fermentation
Bottling your beer - what you need
  • Bottles! – cleaned and free of dirt and spiders or slugs (trust us on this, it’s happened) 
  • Sanitizer – Yes, one again you need sanitize all equipment and bottles and caps 
  • Bottle caps - Make sure they are not twist-off bottles 
  • Bottle capper – speaks for it self, helps you place the caps on bottles 
  • Hydrometer - To measure the final gravity *
  • Priming sugar – Sucrose which is to carbonate the beer while in the bottle (called beer conditioning) 
  • Bottling wand - This allows you to easily control the flow while bottling and means less spillage will occur. *
* denotes an optional item of equipment