December 24, 1989 |
He's socially conscious. He's spiritual. He's got a speedball in his head (cf. "God Part II"). He's Bono, both bad boy and savior of rock, enjoying the irreconcilable dichotomy he represents as lead singer of U2, the Irish quartet proclaimed by Rolling Stone magazine and just about everyone else as "the band of the '80s." U2 is the act that, more than any other in pop history, introduced genuine Christian values into popular rock 'n' roll. Humanist ones as well, producing a rare sense of uplift in early, overtly religious songs like "Gloria."