Time is a funny thing. It passes slowly and then slips away faster than you ever imagined. Last Friday, U2’s masterpiece, The Joshua Tree, reached a quarter century mark and suddenly I feel old.
I purchased the album the day it was released March 9, 1987 from Tower Records in Roseville, CA. I had to drive 10 miles from my house and stand in line to get it on vinyl. It brings back fond memories reminiscing about Tower Records. U2 had been in my standard play rotation for the previous 3 years thanks to an art class I took at Del Oro High my freshman year. The new wavers in my class loved U2 and it was often on the cassette tape rotation.
When I bought the album I had no idea the power of the music. This is the album that propelled U2 into the stratosphere of music. To me and my friends and ultimately my generation the album was a listening necessity, examining every nuance, lyric and note. It was the most unifying piece of music in my generation. It didn’t matter your musical taste every one loved this album.
I remember going off to college and the music still being a huge staple among BYU freshman from all over the United States. In 1989 U2 released the movie Rattle and Hum and I remember watching it countless times in the theater and then again on VHS when it was released. It was the sound track of my life for a few years. I still get goose bumps when I listen to it. Anyway thanks for letting me drive down memory lane.
Last summer I got to see U2 in concert for the 2nd time… It had been more than 20 years since the first time.
Happy Birthday Joshua Tree…
Here are a few of my favorite cuts off the album.