memories of the ’80s – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2

A memorable song from the late ’80s was an Irish band’s foray into incorporating American music styles with the single I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2. 

The second single released from the band’s 1987 album The Joshua Tree, the song was a demo which initially was only liked by the band because of Larry Mullen Jr.’s drum patterns.

Working with producer Daniel Lanois, the band focused on the drumming and used American gospel as an influence to develop the song, which became the song that any visitor would be played when visiting the band during recording sessions at the studio in Dublin.

Released in May 1987, the song wasn’t the first choice to follow With or Without You, the first single from The Joshua Tree. The band had chosen Red Hill Mining Town, but didn’t like the music video created by Irish director Neil Jordan.

While on tour for The Joshua Tree, U2 recorded the music video for the song on Fremont Street in Las Vegas, following their concert in the city. Debuting at number 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 in June, the song hit number one by mid-August, buoyed by music video and radio airplay.

Nominated for the Grammy for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1988, I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For is one of the band’s most popular songs, and one that the band regularly performs on tour.

And the song’s legacy continues, chosen in 2001 as one of the RIAA’s list of the 365 songs of the century and one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s The 500 greatest songs of all time.

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Is that you?

Is that you Tintin?

L'art dominait le monde?

L’art dominait le monde?

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memories of the ’70s – Best of My Love by The Emotions

The mid 1970s was all about dance, like this number one song of 1977: Best of My Love by The Emotions. 

Written and produced by Maurice White and Al McKay of fellow band Earth, Wind and Fire, the song was the first collaboration between the duo and sisters Wanda, Sheila and Jeanette Hutchison aka The Emotions.

The song’s distinctive bass line and brass section as well as upbeat vibe made it a perfect addition to any nightclub playlist.

Released in June 1977 from the album Rejoice, the song steadily climbed the charts, its disco, soul, funk mix a popular choice for radio and club DJs.

Hitting the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list in August 1977, Best of My Love held the top spot for five weeks, before being unthroned by Andy Gibb’s I Just Want To Be Your Everything.

The song hit number 11 on the Billboard disco charts and would be certified platinum, while the album did well on the Billboard Hot 200 list and despite only releasing two singles, would be a platinum-certified success for the girl group.

The song would win a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and an American Music Award as Favourite Soul/R&B single.

Picked as one of Billboard’s Memorable Songs of all time, Best of My Love has continued its time in the spotlight, as a song on numerous compilations, film soundtracks and still a favourite for the dance floor in the 21st century.

 

 

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Blue face of BA

A downtown creation in Buenos Aires:

Buenos Aires man

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Street art west coast style

In downtown Vancouver, street art goes First Nations:

Vancouver - first nations graff

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Tag it

The big T of Cadiz, Spain:

Cadiz - Big T

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From above

The beauty of the murals at the Ciudad Universitaria in Mexico City:

Mexico City - uni mural

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