started out to be a rock 'n' roll album, pure and simple.
We were very excited that Edge wasn't sitting at the piano
or twiddling a piece of technology, because he is one of
the great guitarists.
Halfway through, we got bored, because it turns out you
can only go so far with rifferama. We wanted more dimension.
Now you've got punk rock starting points that go through
Phil Spectorland, turn right at Tim Buckley, end up in alleyways
and open onto other vistas and cityscapes and rooftops and
It's songwriting by accident, by a punk band that wants
to play Bach...'
Bono about U2's eleventh album, 2004's How to Dismantle
an Atomic Bomb.