Sunday, January 08, 2012

U2 and Johnny Cash: The Wanderer

I have long been resistant to the bombast of U2, but I love Johnny Cash and this, the final track from the band's 1993 LP Zooropa, still sounds good.

It reminds me of bombing around the Stiperstones in an open-topped car. The spoil heaps at Snailbeach had been landscaped by then, but the words still fitted the area's strange post-industrial landscape.

And there was cricket on the radio. A youngster called Ben Hollioake was hitting the Australians all round Lord's on his one-day international debut which means I can date this experience precisely to 25 May 1997.

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