has managed to maintain their popularity and success for three
decades, while other musicians have fallen from their glory,
because Bono and the band have been able to change with the
times. Bono's music continues to evolve with each album they
began as an early version of a post-punk band, a style of music
popular in the '80s similar to punk but more organized and focused
vocals. The style of music allowed the band to move into the
and become part of the average scene. Its uniqueness however
an edge over many other bands as well. The band's reliance on
Edge's guitar abilities and its Christian and religious themes
it to survive the early years. U2's vocals would not become
their strong point until a few years after their debut.
By the mid-80's their musical style
and themes of the music encountered significant change. Influences
from many different genres of music as well as political issues
in Ireland are noticeable throughout the lyrics of many of the
songs. Bono used his band and the culture of music to spread
awareness of many troubling issues. Messages of peace in the
songs are found in the songs: "Sunday Bloody Sunday",
"MLK", and "Mothers of the Disappeared,"
all of which were all written in the '80's.
As the '90s were coming to an end,
the evolution of U2 was not. Influences from techno, pop, pop-punk,
and post-grunge could be seen in much of the band's music, keeping
it part of the world's everyday music selection. By the turn
of the century their music had evolved tremendously—from
an unknown Irish post-punk band to a pop-rock music legend,
focused on providing awareness of important issues through music.
Bono still asks for peace and an end to violence in many of
his songs. Events such as September 11th, Debt relief in Africa,
and the on going wars hold relevance to many of the lyrics in
the songs Bono has produced.
though U2 is viewed by the media as a politically driven rock
group, they still remain true to their roots, incorporating
their first and latest music styles together in order to give
a new taste to an old recipe. U2 continues to thrive as a band
loved by different generations as they continue to evolve with
the change of music.