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25 Days / Day 25 / Larry Mullen Jr.

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WHAT IS THIS?

Who: Larry Mullen Jr. Drummer for U2. The man who started the group formerly known as the Larry Mullen Band. King of my Celebrity Crush Kingdom (he rules with an iron fist!)

Why: He’s gorgeous: I first saw him when I was 11 years old and he was cute and that’s all it takes when you’re 11. It helped that he was in a band that I grew to love more and more, so much so that it is hard for me to think of a facet of my life that U2 has not had some effect on. He’s sturdy: he has opinions and he sticks by them even if they’re unpopular; he’s not afraid to take a stand even if it is opposite of what the rest of the band thinks. He’s loyal: he’s been with the same woman since he was 15 years old and still lives nearly full-time in Dublin unlike the rest of the band. He’s talented: he is an incredible musician and the only drummer where I have listened to an entire album just to focus on the drumming. He’s hot: In his 40’s he’s finally embraced his inner Sex Bomb by starring in a sexy video and wearing shirts that may as well not have buttons on them. Why else?: He posted a notice on a high school bulletin board that gave us the Greatest Band Ever

When: Since I was 11 years old. I am now 37. 26 years of faithful devotion. My LMJ crush has outlasted all my boyfriends AND a husband

Level of Obsession: My house is filling up with stuff with the Mullen crest on it, including a blanket, a coaster, and a mug that my mom got me in Ireland when I was a teenager that I forbade anyone but me to drink out of; I still have a collage of his pictures I made when I was probably 13; My mom and I made a pilgrimage to the street he grew up on this summer to see the house where U2 rehearsed when they were a baby band; I’ve had the same framed picture of him on display somewhere in my home for 20 years; I am now stalking his clothes; Need I go on?

“Ahhhh!” Moment(s): Live at Red Rocks (Dream Man in my teens); Dirty Old Town (Dream Man in my twenties); Electrical Storm video (Dream Man in my thirties); Graceland visit in Rattle & Hum; Crazy Tonight remix on 360; and 50,000 others over most of my lifetime that I would need to catalog before I posted them here

My LMJ Crush is such a part of my existence that I take it for granted that it exists – like the fact that I have brown eyes. It just IS. A friend recently told me in response to the Electrical Storm video “I don’t see the Mullen Hotness, but I’ll take your word for it” and I was just totally, totally aghast. I don’t see his hotness as an opinion, I see it as a FACT. So that was a smack in the face, “oh not everyone loves him like you do, weirdo!” I’m still friends with her, but it was touch and go there for awhile 🙂 Whenever I get a new crush people who know me ask “do you love him more than Larry Mullen?” and I scoff, I mean, really people – 26 years! I hardly remember a time I didn’t have a crush on him, and I don’t see a time in the future when I won’t have a crush on him. He’s been a dependable object of devotion for a long long time and he’s never, ever let me down. For that and for being a bossy, stubborn, opinionated Scorpion like myself – he is My Uber Crush of All Time and more than deserves to be at the top of this list, now and forever. Amen

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".

2 thoughts on “25 Days / Day 25 / Larry Mullen Jr.

  1. Absolutely PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!
    If only LMJ could see it – he’d be proud. ANd if BF could see it, he would have something new to aspire to – knocking LMJ off the pedestal!!

  2. To wait 25 days to see Larry at the top of the list was totally worth it! Not only does he rule with an iron fist, but with a full set of guns as well that are always locked and loaded 😉

    From an apologetic mass email to fans, to requesting a big hug from rock and roll royalty (from Mr. Brandon Flowers), and the all-around epicness of Bongo Hotness, Larry has certainly made my life as a U2 fan all the more sweeter. And that is delicious!

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