From the fascinating U2 at the End of the World author Bill Flanagan details the rift between The Hats (Bono, Edge) and The Haircuts (Adam, Larry) when U2 first tried making the epic and brilliant Achtung Baby (my fave U2 album, BTW.)
Bono’s wide-eyed raps about junk culture and disposable music are met with disinterest from Adam and impatience from Larry who finally says, “What the fuck are you talking about?”
…Bono and Larry represent the two poles of U2 – Bono is the most open to new ideas, fads, impulses innovation, and rationalization. Larry is the most conservative, steady, and grounded. When one of Bono’s ideas leaves the realm of reality, it is Larry who calls time-out.
…Larry accuses Bono of not knowing who he is, which Bono throws back at him, saying Larry always knows who Larry is because Larry never changes. “You haven’t changed your haircut in ten years!”
I love this story. It says so much about how U2 have been able to work together as a band for over 30 years with such diverse personalities. Also? It is hilarious to hear someone point out Larry’s hair-which-spiked-my-love-for-spiky-boy-hair-for-the-rest-of-my-life: