U2 released the Rattle and Hum soundtrack, featuring “Angel of Harlem,” 30 years ago today (October 11th, 1988).U2: “Angel of Harlem” was an attempt at American music made by what Bono called “complete novices and fans.” It peaked at number-14 on the Billboard 100. The Rattle and Hum soundtrack, which came out in October 1988, was a transitional album for U2. On the single “Angel of Harlem,” a tribute to singer Billie Holiday, the band was doing something it hadn’t done before. Here is Bono on what made songs like “Angel of Harlem” different for U2. OC:…the edges. :28
“It’s American music, but we made it as complete novices and fans. But there is a thing about jukebox records and being in New York or some city in the U.S. and it comes on in a bar and it makes so much more sense there than anywhere else. We were fans – fans of America. It wasn’t just American music. We had this love affair with the country, but at the same time we could see that this dream that we’d all bought into was really starting to fray at the edges.”
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