Archive | September 8, 2013

“Where The Streets Have No Name”–U2

Live At Slane Castle

U2 – Live on a roof 7th and Main Street in LA in 1987

I almost picked “One” as my first U2 posting but I stumbled upon the Slane Castle performance and realized instantly “Where The Streets Have No Name” is signature rocking out U2. The performance at Slane Castle, Ireland is a week after Bono’s father past away (respect), and Bono’s performance is transcendent.

The second track stopped traffic on a steaming day in LA as they pulled a Beatles to play a roof top jam that get’s shut down by johnny law.

U2 is the ultimate stadium rock, anthem band. No group does it bigger and this is being written by a disciple of The Who. Sorry Pete.

Note the covers below by Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars.

I want to run, I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls that hold me tonight
I want to reach out and touch the flame
Where the streets have no name
I want to feel sunlight on my face
I see that rain cloud disappearing without a trace
But I can dance, dance, dance in the dirty rain

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We’re still building, then burning down love
We’re burning down love
And when I go there, I go there with you
It’s all I can do

Give it up

The cities a flood and our love turns to rust
We’re beaten and blown by the wind
We’re trampled in dust
I’ll show you a place with no sorrow or pain

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We’re still building, then burning down love
We’re burning down love
And when I go there, I go there with you
It’s all I can do

Oh love
Love, love, love

Where the streets have no name
Where the streets have no name
We’re still building, then burning down love
We’re burning down love
And when I go there, I go there with you
It’s all we can do


Muse (feat. The Edge) live @ Glastonbury 2010

Thirty Seconds To Mars

“Sweethearts”–Camper Van Beethoven

Middle East in Cambridge, Massachusetts 2012

One of my all time favorite bands is Camper Van Beethoven. I finally got to see them a couple of times when they made their comeback travelling a short van ride north from Santa Cruz to play in San Francisco in 1999.

This was the band of choice to listen to in 1989 on the tape deck of the beater pickup truck as we would drive with my good ole Syracuse friend, Wendall, through the frozen central New York Winter.

In my mind they set the table for Alt-Rock groups from R.E.M to Wilco and of course when they broke it off, some of the members became Cracker and joined Counting Crows.

This song is a period piece that is pure Americana, set in the five and dime days but also commenting on the psyche of President Ronald Reagan.

‘Cause he’s always living back in Dixon
Circa 1949
And we’re all sitting at the fountain, at the
five and dime
‘Cause he’s living in some B-movie
The lines they are so clearly drawn
In black and white life is so easy
And we’re all coming along on this one
‘Cause he’s on a secret mission
Headquarters just radioed in
He left his baby at the dancehall While the band plays on some sweet song
And on a mission over China
The lady opens up her arms
The flowers bloom where you haved
placed them
And the lady smiles, just like mom
Angels wings are icing over McDonnell-Douglas olive drab
They bear the names of our sweethearts
And the captain smiles, as we crash
‘Cause in the mind of Ronald Reagan Wheels they turn and gears they grind
Buildings collapse in slow motion
And trains collide, everything is fine
Everything is fine
Everything is fine

@ Chelsea (Wien, Austria) 5.6.2013

At the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA on Friday, March 2 2012 as part of the inaugural Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven mini-festival.

An amazing extra: Camper Van Beethoven play The Clash’s “White Riot” and Black Flag’s “Wasted” live at Sky City Bar, January 2013