Bono whose real name is Paul Hewson recently opened up on his aversion to U2‘s name, most of their songs, and his singing voice. During an appearance on the Awards Chatter podcast, the Irish frontman explained that he turns off the radio when the group’s tracks are played because he can’t listen to his vocals. Previously he admitted being a poor musician.
Bono says debut record ‘Boy’ was embarrassing
Bono said that U2’s 1980 debut record ‘Boy’ contained “very unique and original material” in terms of lyrics, as did some “other albums” that followed. “But I don’t think I filled in the details,” he continued, “and I look back and I go ‘God’.” He also claimed that he had only learned how to sing “recently.”
Bono further confessed the fact that he “still” doesn’t like U2’s band name. “I don’t. But I was late into some kind of dyslexia,” he said. “I didn’t realize that The Beatles was a bad pun either. In our head it was like the spy plane, U-boat, it was futuristic – as it turned out to imply this kind of acquiescence, no I don’t like that name. I still don’t like the name.”
He went on to exemplify that most vocal performances “make me cringe a little bit.” Bono further said that U2’s 2004 single ‘Vertigo’ is “probably is the one I’m proudest of”. “It’s the way it connects with the crowd,” he added. I’ve been in the car when one of our songs has come on the radio and I’ve been the color of, as we say in Dublin, scarlet. I’m just so embarrassed.” Vertigo was the lead track and single off of the group’s eleventh studio album, ‘How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb’, which would become the fourth-highest selling album of 2004.
Although he believes “the band sounds incredible”, the 61-year-old frontman said his voice is now “strained”.