Bono Releases 60th Birthday Playlist, Praises Billie Eilish, Kraftwerk – Variety


Bono celebrated his 60th birthday Sunday by posting a playlist of what he described as “60 Songs That Saved My Life,” with the promise to jot down a “fan letter” to all 60 artists. He posted the primary six of those 60 mash notes on the U2 web site, kicking off together with his reward for Billie Eilish, David Bowie, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Luciano Pavarotti and Huge Assault.

His checklist of 60 life-savers contains the artists you’d most anticipate, reminiscent of Nick Cave, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Johnny Money, Elvis Presley, the Conflict, Van Morrison and Johnny Money. It additionally features a few more moderen or pop-oriented songs that may not be as predictable from a rock-hero-honoring statesman, like Coldplay’s “Clocks,” Madonna’s “Ray of Gentle,” Girl Gaga’s “Born This Method,” the Bee Gees’ “Immortality” and even Peter Frampton’s “Present Me the Method.”

“These are among the songs that saved my life,” the singer writes. “Those I couldn’t have lived with out… those that received me from there to right here, zero to 60… by way of all of the scrapes, all method of nuisance, from the intense to the foolish… and the enjoyment, principally pleasure.” He provides, “I’m writing a fan letter to accompany every tune to try to clarify my fascination.” The gallery of letters to his heroes will increase over the approaching days on U2’s web site.

Billie Eilish’s “All the things I Needed,” launched as a standalone single final November, is the most recent monitor on Bono’s checklist. “Pricey Billie (Finneas too),” he writes, “My ears lengthy for such empty areas to wander, to sneak away from the density of digital surfaces with an excessive amount of data. I step inside your tune and it’s a black magnificence, achingly awesomely susceptible and terrifying, fearless and worrisome… however you aren’t frightened by all that. You categorical it so you may personal the sensation that nags. I consider Carole King. I consider Roy Orbison. However similar to them, this by no means existed earlier than you probably did. Your fan, Bono.”

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Bono’s observe to Billie Eilish

Eilish’s isn’t the one 2019 inclusion on his checklist. For Bruce Springsteen, surprisingly, he picks not a traditional tune from the canon however “There Goes My Miracle,” a tune from the “Western Stars” album launched final yr (annotation by Bono to come back later).

Kraftwerk has been within the information as a result of its co-founder Florian Schneider’s loss of life this previous week. “‘I gave (spouse) Ali a duplicate to romance her on her 17th birthday in 1978,” Bono writes. “‘Neon Lights’ is a tune that introduced into being a future that has now turn out to be so acquainted, it’s straightforward to neglect simply how unusual it was.” He thanks the surviving members “for the mortgage of Florian all these years. Could he Relaxation In Peace.”

His letter regarding “Life on Mars?” is addressed to Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones. “‘After I heard your Dad’s tune ‘Life on Mars?’ on the radio in 1973, I used to be hiding beneath the covers of my mattress in 10 Cedarwood Street listening to a pirate radio station referred to as Radio Caroline. I wasn’t fascinated about the query mark within the title. I wasn’t bothered concerning the dramatic inquiry ‘Is there life on Mars?’ The tune was answering a way more essential query after I was 13. Is there clever life on earth? It was proof so far as I’m involved.”

Bono writes separate messages to Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams about their tune “Get Fortunate.” To Rodgers, he says, “‘You wrote songs so you could possibly be in them. And that gentle contact isn’t higher than on this one.” To Williams, he writes, “You’re a purpose to imagine in what’s doable. You’re a purpose to imagine in THE IMPOSSIBLE.”

Bono contains three songs on which he collaborated with different artists — Pavarotti, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Sinatra. He addresses Alice Pavarotti, the singer’s daughter, about a kind of partnerships, “Miserere,” which he lists first: “I can hardly keep in mind what it was about… apart from forgiveness that’s… and a toast to being alive.”

Bono’s full checklist of “60 Songs That Saved My Life”:

1. Luciano Pavarotti, Bono & Zucchero – Miserere
2. Intercourse Pistols – Anarchy within the UK
3. Kanye West  – Black Skinhead
4. Billie Eilish  – All the things I Needed
5. David Bowie – Life on Mars?
6. The Beatles  – I Need to Maintain Your Hand
7. Ramones  – Swallow My Pleasure
8. The Conflict  – Secure European Dwelling
9. Public Enemy – Battle the Energy
10. Patti Smith – Individuals Have the Energy
11. John Lennon – Mom
12. The Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday
13. Elton John – Daniel
14. Andrea Bocelli – Con Te Partiro
15. Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Lodge
16. Johnny Money – Damage
17. This Mortal Coil – Music to the Siren
18. Kraftwerk – Neon Lights
19. The Fugees – Killing Me Softly With His Music
20. Prince – When Doves Cry
21. Daft Punk that includes Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers – Get Fortunate
22. Madonna – Ray of Gentle
23. JAY-Z that includes Alicia Keys – Empire State of Thoughts
24. Speaking Heads  – Love Goes to Constructing on Fireplace
25. Lou Reed – Satellite tv for pc of Love
26. The Verve – Bitter Candy Symphony
27. Pleasure Division – Love Will Tear Us Aside
28. New Order – True Religion
29. R.E.M. – Nightswimming
30. Adele – Chasing Pavements
31. Arcade Fireplace – Wake Up
32. Pixies – Monkey Gone to Heaven
33. Oasis – Stay Perpetually
34. Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
35. Gavin Friday – Angel
36. Huge Assault – Secure from Hurt
37. Kendrick Lamar that includes U2 – XXX
38. Bob Marley & The Wailers – Redemption Music
39. Echo and the Bunnymen – Rescue
40. Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
41. Pearl Jam – Jeremy
42. Bob Dylan – Many of the Time
43. Beyoncé that includes Kendrick Lamar – Freedom
44. Depeche Mode – Strolling In My Sneakers
45. Nick Cave & the Dangerous Seeds – Into My Arms
46. Simon & Garfunkel – The Sounds of Silence
47. Coldplay – Clocks
48. INXS – By no means Tear Us Aside
49. New Radicals – You Get What You Give
50. Angélique Kidjo – Agolo
51. Girl Gaga  – Born This Method
52. Frank Sinatra & Bono – Beneath My Pores and skin
53. David Bowie – Heroes
54. Easy Minds  – New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)
55. Sinéad O’Connor – You Made Me the Thief of Your Coronary heart
56. Van Morrison – A Sense of Marvel
57. Bruce Springsteen – There Goes My Miracle
58. Daniel Lanois – The Maker
59. Peter Frampton – Present Me the Method
60. Bee Gees – Immortality – Demo Model

The playlist is accessible for listening by way of Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify and YouTube Music.


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