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