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Stereotypes and the Times

Early U2 was often mistakenly classified in the Christian genre. U2 band members disagreed with such a classification: U2 is not just another Irish band and Bono is not just another Irish rocker. Though they tend to incorporate Irish themes and styles in with their music, it serves a purpose. In attempts to expose their audience to different world cultures, U2 uses such styles to do so.

Bringing the world to his audience is one of Bono's unchanging goals; what changes are the certain events and situations that inspire him to continue. Events of the Northern Ireland peace process led to the creation of many songs.   In 1972 a peace march led to the incident of Bloody Sunday, during which British paratroopers shot and killed 14 unarmed Irish citizens. The infamous day hit Bono hard and inspired the lyrics of the song "Sunday Bloody Sunday." The song is often mistaken as a support anthem for a rebel Irish group. But in fact Bono wrote the song to address his passion for ending the revolution and the violence it caused.

Although many themes Bono explores through his lyrics are political, he tackles other subjects like heroine dependency. Heroine addiction was becoming a problem for Dublin in the mid-80s. Reports showed that 10% of Irish youths possibly had a drug dependency and the number of drug-related deaths was remarkably rising through the years. Bono sought to speak to those about the issue through his music in some of his albums, including the song "Bad."

Famine relief was another cause Bono supported mid-80s. Bono has continued to promote awareness of famine-related cases by focusing on debt, fair trade, disease, and helping developing countries in and outside of his music.  

Overall making tributes to people who have died and encouraging an end to violence inspire him to write. Songs such as "Pride", "Stuck In A Moment That You Can't Get Out Of", and   "Tomorrow" deal with the deaths of people who were either close to him or made an impact on his life.