Mod Confession: Dark Side of The 80s

in Hidden Tracks

“In general people put too much faith in the rich, the famous, the politicians, and not enough faith in themselves.” – Bono

[pukka_dropcap style=”” txt_color=”White” bg_color=”Black” size=””]I[/pukka_dropcap]magine if anyone could be lucky enough to buy a copy of the U2 ‘s The Joshua Tree record which first released on 9 March 1987, it would become part of their body and one may perceive the world differently thereafter.

Whenever I play The Joshua Tree vinyl, I could literally breathe the grim, dark-hued unsettling religious imagery of dark deserts. A vision of blasted hopes, pointless violence and anguish that brings me back to the dark side of the civilised world of the 80s in political desolation.

It has become my habit to play the classic track ‘With or Without You’ only during midnight hours, the song builds from a soothing beginning to a resounding climax, the guitar wall caresses you like a gospel truth of pain and isolation in the analogue world.

My another favourite track of the album is the Lou Reed inspired ‘Running to Stand Still’. The song’s title phrase originated from Bono asking his brother how his struggling business was going, where the brother responded, “It’s like running to stand still.” The depressed piano chords , the unexpected blues slide guitar, the ghostly harmonic and Bono’s heartbreaking tune still breaks my heart after 25 years of constant airplay.

This vinyl album has always been my best companion to escape from the digital age.