Daily Archives: February 22, 2014

Radio XXXI, side B, track 12: “Stories For Boys” by U2

U2 - Stories For BoysOh, U2, I give you guys the business when one of your songs comes up because of your pretentiousness.  And I firmly stand behind it.  But it was a nice change of pace to hear this song, your debut song according to the DJ, when you guys sounded like you were still just scared little kids trying to be in a rock and roll band before you gave yourselves one word names and had sunglasses permanently implanted.  It was great to hear a song whose basic message was that you liked watching TV and reading comic books.  I can totally get behind that kind of message, and for once, I can actually understand what your message is.  Oh, I’m sure you guys had all kinds of deeper meanings attached to it, but if I needed a theme song to my life, I could do much worse than “Stories For Boys”.  It kinda covers all the main points, I think.

I really loved the Now And Then Weekend, U2.  It was fascinating listening to artists like yourselves first stretching your creative wings and hearing what you sounded like before you sounded like yourselves.  Like this song, you can kinda hear future U2 in there, but a lot of it feels like it could have been pulled from a demo of a number of rock acts from the ’60s, and I swear I could hear echoes of The Cure and The Go-Go’s.  This is of course coming from someone who has no business writing a blog about music, but just throwing it out there.  Anyway, U2, thanks for the decades you’ve dedicated to blessing us with your songs.  Which probably just inflated your egos even more. . .

“Stories For Boys”

There’s a place I go, takes me far away

There’s a TV show where I can grow

Sometimes a hero takes me
Sometimes I don’t wanna know
Hello hellooo, oooooh

There’s a picture book
With colored photograaaaaphs

There’s a comic strip that makes
Me laaaaugh

Sometimes the lady takes me
Sometimes I don’t let go
Hello, hello, stories for boys
Stories for boooys
Stories for boooys
Stories for booooys
Stories for boys

<awesome U2 jam>

There’s a place I go that takes me far away

There’s a TV show where I can grow

Sometimes a hero takes me
Sometimes I don’t let go
Hello, hellooo, stories for boys
Stories for boooooys
Stories for booooys
Stories for booooys
Stories for booooys
Stories for boooys
Stories for booooys
Stories for boooys
Stories for boys

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