she liked Imaginary Men best of all

I Was Totally Destroying It

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That is the name of a fantastic band from North Carolina. The final activity of our U2 Conference last night was a stop at an Irish Pub where there was to be Guinness (of course) and U2 karaoke which frankly, when I think karaoke (which I do, often) – U2 isn’t what comes to mind (Journey does, FYI).

However what we got was a band doing U2 covers. And doing a lot of them. And doing them really, really well. In fact they were phenomenally good. They were totally in the spirit and the lead singer had donned a leather jacket and sunglasses and was calling himself “John-o”!

They did, by my estimates – at least 23 songs. U2 currently does about 26 in their set. And they knew new stuff (“Breathe”), old stuff (“Out of Control”), rare stuff (“A Celebration”) and fan faves (“Bad”). Us conference goers were up there dancing, hollering and bowing down as if it were the real thing.

The band was totally thrilled and it was a terrific way to end the weekend. We stuffed their bucket with bills (still cheaper than a seat at 360!) and I bought a CD which we listened to on the way home and upon first listen sounds really catchy and interesting.

A unique blend of 80’s rock- think Outfield and The Cure- and 90’s indie rock such as Superchunk and The Anniversary, leaves listeners’ palates ravaged by pop flavor. IWTDI sweat over their songs, leaving no aural opportunity unvisited. Their lyrics belie the sweet, sunny suggestions of their upbeat melodies, inviting you to listen in on their conversations about self loathing, fear, and intimacy.

Here’s their MySpace page. Give them a listen. I told them “if you can get a bunch of people who just saw the real thing last night, up there freaking out over you like that, you must be doing something right.”

I Was Totally Destroying It on Myspace

Author: Amy H. Johnson

Amy H. Johnson is the author of The Fangirl Files a memoir about Boy Bands, TV Boyfriends and imaginary betrothals to 80s English pop stars. She prefers to be referred to as a "Cute Famous Boy Aficionado".

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