Nirvana - U2 Celebrate 'Achtung Baby's' 20th Anniversary
Tomorrow - November 19th - marks the 20th anniversary of U2 's seminal 'Achtung Baby', an occasion that reminds everyone that not everyone was listening solely to Nirvana and their album 'Nevermind' back in 1991. Though perhaps more known at large for Bono 's political stance these days, back in 1991 the Irish group were among the biggest groups on the planet thanks solely to their music, coupled with their gigantic live shows. Yet even in those days the group were suffering from a backlash, with 'Achtung Baby's' predecessor 'Rattle and Hum' facing criticism for its accompanying documentary that saw the band travel across America on tour, reports MTV. Seen as over the top it suggested that U2 were a band who truly had nothing left to accomplish, a feeling rumoured to be shared by the band as sessions in Berlin, Germany bore little fruit initially.
Yet the group managed to turn it round in a city still celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, hooking into the city's club life and being aided by producing mastermind Brian Eno alongside regular producer Daniel Lanois, before heading back to Dublin to create an album that became a critics favourite and went on to sell more than 18 million copies globally, something they'd only beaten with breakthrough 1987 Lp 'The Joshua Tree'. Lacking perhaps the singles of that album, 'Achtung Baby' arguably worked stronger as a full body of work - and admittedly still possessed the track 'One', one of the group's most recognisable to date.
With a slew of reissues, documentaries and features already released during the course of the year, tomorrow marks the climax of 'Achtung Baby's' 20th anniversary celebrations.