"Killing Bono" - Various Artists
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The 2011 movie “Killing Bono” is a British-Irish comedy film directed by Nick Hamm. The movie itself was based on Neil McCormick’s memoir “I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger”, later released as “Killing Bono: I Was Bono’s Doppelgänger”. McCormick had attended school with U2, and he and his brother Ivan were at the earliest rehearsals of the band that would become U2. The movie opened in the UK on April 1, 2011. The soundtrack album was released the same week, on March 28, 2011. One of the movie producers was Ian Flooks, who worked as an agent booking dates for U2 in the early days.
Although the film deals mainly with the struggles of the McCormick brothers to start their own careers in music, they do cross paths with U2 throughout the film. U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is featured on the soundtrack and it is the same version that is found on “The Joshua Tree”. There are no additional performances by U2 on this soundtrack release. The other tracks on the album are mostly tracks performed by the actors playing the McCormick brothers along with Joe Echo, an alias of Ciaran Gribbin, who is currently acting as the lead singer of INXS.
Much of the press surrounding the album dealt with comments from the film’s music producer Gribbin discussing an unreleased U2 song, “It was written before U2 ever existed. They never officially released it, they recorded it when they were teenagers and called themselves The Hype.” The song is listed as “Street Mission” on the soundtrack, and is performed by “Martin McCann & ‘The Killing Bono Hype’. The song here was arranged by Joe Echo (Gribbin). Even the liner notes of the album speak of this track as being unreleased, “Street Mission was never properly recorded or previously released, and this version captures the essence of the young U2 perfectly.” writes Neil McCormick. Ian Flooks, producer of the film also claimed the song was unreleased, “Street Missions… although written by them, was as far as I know never recorded so this is the first time it’s been recorded.” Sadly McCormick, Flooks and Gribbin are incorrect, and “Street Mission” had been released as “Street Missions”. The song had been released in 2004 as part of “The Complete U2” set on iTunes on the “Early Demos” digital EP. The song was properly recorded by U2, and previously released. The song was released as “Street Missions” on that digital release.
I Still Haven’t Found:
Written by Adam Clayton, David Evans, Paul David Hewson, Laurence Mullen. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno.
Written by Adam Clayton, David Evans, Paul David Hewson, Laurence Mullen. Produced by Joe Echo / Michael Keeney.
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