All At Once, I’m Out of Control

This Is Nowhere

By Glen

In 1979, an up and coming Irish band released their first official recording: a 7-inch EP called U2 3. The A-side was selected by listeners of the Dave Fanning Rock Show on 2FM.

“One day I’ll die
The choice will not be mine
Will it be too late?
You can’t fight fate.”

On “Out of Control,” U2’s first single, a young Bono wrestled with some weighty ideas – matters of life and death, in fact.

“‘Out of Control’ is about waking up on your 18th birthday and realizing you’re 18 years old and that the two most important decisions in your life have nothing to do with you – being born and dying,” the singer later explained. “The song is written from a child’s point of view and it’s about a vicious circle. He becomes a delinquent but the psychologist says, ‘It’s in his childhood.’ No matter…

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