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Tue Jul 21, 2020, 12:08 AM

3. Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2 (from Rattle and Hum, live version)

"And its true we are immune...When Fact is Fiction and TV Reality..."

Not as relevant to today maybe, but it was penned as a song against the idea of war and played to great effect and fanfare at Red Rocks amphitheater outside of Denver in 1982, bringing U2 to a wider American audience than they had gained in their formative years preceding that gig. The image of Bono waving the white flag and leading the audience in the "NO MORE! NO WAR!" chant was iconic at U2's early gigs for the War LP and moving to a generation of music fans in the early 1980's...

U2 also played the song at Live Aid, but their performance of "Bad" was the moment remembered that day in London, 35 years ago now...

It reappeared in 1988, in the film Rattle and Hum as a remembrance of the bombing of a parade that took place on 8 November 1987 in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Killing innocent veterans and bystanders in the senseless violence of "the troubles" in Northern Ireland between Catholics and Protestants. This is one of the definitive performances of the band's career and should not be missed.

U2 toured the USA in the fall after 9/11/2001 and Sunday Bloody Sunday was again repurposed and focused as a prayer for the end to mindless violence and terrorism. When they resumed their tour in October after the 9/11 attacks, U2 performed 'Sunday Bloody Sunday' once more with new passion and meaning. The song resonates today with millions who all have their own meanings and memories attached to the song. If you are a U2 fan, this is one of their best tracks and if you are not, it is worth getting to know in any of its many incarnations...over the past 38 years!

A pair of 'oldies' more prescient and applicable to the times song would be "Can't Truss It" by Public Enemy (1991; condemnation of systemic racism and its roots in slavery) or "Killing in the Name Of" by Rage Against The Machine (1992; reaction to the Rodney King Beating and Officer Acquittals that led to the L.A. riots). THOSE are some serious protest songs IMO!

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