Don’t worry — you’re not the only one who is upset with U2 (especially after the iPhone incident).
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, Bono said he never liked the U2 name.
- “I still don’t. I really don’t. I was late into some kind of dyslexia — I didn’t realize that the Beatles was a bad pun either.”
- He said that “in our head, it was like the spy plane, it was... a U-boat, it was futuristic. But then, as it turned out to imply this kind of acquiescence, no, I don’t like that name. I still don’t really like the name.”
Why it matters: It’s not every day you see one of the biggest rock stars complaining about their band’s music and name.
Bono said he doesn’t love U2’s sound either. He said he finds himself shutting off the radio when the band comes on, per Consequence.
- “I’ve been in a car when one of our songs has come on the radio and I’ve been the color of ... scarlet. I’m just so embarrassed. I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a lot,” Bono said.
Background: As Deseret News Jay Evensen wrote in 2014, U2’s album “Songs of Innocence” found its way onto everyone’s iPhone, a move that some called a violation of privacy. Since then, U2 has become somewhat of an internet meme, making this reflection from Bono even more interesting.