80’s Mania Mondays: I Was Cold As A Stone

One of the many albums celebrating milestones this year is U2’s The Joshua Tree. The album was released thirty years ago. My, how time flies. Doesn’t seem like all that long ago, I was listening to the songs from this album in college. But yes, it has been thirty years.

While I was on Facebook last night, one of my friends happened to mention that the local rock station (WIYY-FM, 98 Rock out of Baltimore) was playing The Joshua Tree from start to finish. Since I was having trouble coming up with a song for today’s 80’s Mania Monday post, that post was welcome to my sights. One of my favorites from the album is today’s song, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

My sister isn’t what I would call a U2 superfan, but even she knows this song pretty well. Easy to see how she would know—the second single release from The Joshua Tree followed the first (“With Or Without You”) in its march to #1 on the pop chart in the summer of 1987. The song is inspired by gospel music; the theme of spiritual searching and doubt in the lyrics was created by Bono after listening to gospel acts The Swan Silvertones, The Staple Singers and Blind Willie Johnson. Coupled with producer Brian Eno’s love of the music, the theme of making this their version of a gospel song took root. In addition to being a top pop hit, it was nominated for Record and Song of the Year at the Grammys in 1988, and was considered by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time, checking in at #93.

All I know is it’s one of my favorite U2 songs through the years, and it still sticks with me even today. When I hear it on the radio station I hear at work, I almost never forget to hum along and even sing some of the lyrics. Yes, even at work. Not very loudly though; I’m not that great of a singer. It’s a song that continued the path U2 had traveled to superstardom; that album thirty years ago helped put them in the pantheon of the greats.

I hope you enjoy today’s 80’s Mania Mondays song, and thanks for reading and listening.

12 Replies to “80’s Mania Mondays: I Was Cold As A Stone”

    1. You mean you couldn’t get free tickets? Whaa?

      Apparently they are on tour now playing The Joshua Tree in its entirety on the occasion of it’s 30th anniversary. But I imagine the ticket prices are insane.

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      1. No free tickets! This was back like in 2002 or ’03. I got them off eBay and the bi*ch ripped me off. I think I sent a money order. That would be awesome to see them play “The Joshua Tree.” They came to El Paso like in 1990. My parents snuck in. They said I couldn’t go 😦 because I had school.

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  1. I love U2. I listen to them everyday. This album really put them into the stratosphere.
    I totally love their 90s grooves. All I Want Is You, Ultraviolet, Acrobat…..good stuff.
    Thanks for this blast from the past!

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  2. Loved this song back in the day. U2 was one of the few concerts I went to during my (totally broke) college years–we sat in the nosebleed section, Bono had a broken arm but still sang his heart out. Thanks for stirring up that memory, TW! 🙂

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