she liked Imaginary Men best of all

Mullen Monday: Thanks boys


Warm chocolate chip cookies. Fuzzy blankets. Hot chocolate. A hand rubbing your back. These things mean comfort for me, things that I use to get me through a rough spot whether it is a bad day or a bad year. But my most dependable comfort? U2.

I had a boyfriend in college who would come in my room and knew something was wrong because Unforgettable Fire was on a loop in the CD player. Last week on a cranky morning I plugged in the iPod and Badfrom our Dublin show no less – was the first song in the rotation. I burst into tears because as ridiculous as it sounds – it was like they knew that was what I needed at that moment.

U2 don’t know me, they’ll never know me, so they’ll never know how much I depend on their music to bring me joy, calm, energy, passion and for comfort. It is like wrapping myself in the biggest coziest blanket in the world with a plate full of cookies and a strong steady hand on my back. I suppose if I was ever lucky enough to meet any of them I would tell them that.

So I’ve listened to them all weekend and from the exhilarating opening chords of Where the Streets Have No Name, to the raw energy of Out of Control, to the sheer fucking awesomeness of Crazy Tonight remix, to the catharsis of Breathe – they’ve lifted me up – they’ve held me up – they never let me fall.

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".

9 thoughts on “Mullen Monday: Thanks boys

  1. I found your blog because of my love for Larry (and all the u2 guys). This post sums up how I feel about their music. Beautiful.

    • Hi Sandi – thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment. Yes what would we do without U2 in our lives? I shudder to even think.

  2. All those years ago, U2 got me through the separation and divorce and beyond. I would lay awake late watching the concert videos and clips we had on tape, or put BAD on repeat on my discman. They are the true thread of comfort and escape that will always sustain me.
    Lovely post, PC!

  3. Where would any of us be without U2?
    I don’t even want to know.
    Probably in a storm drain.

    Beautiful post 🙂

  4. Awwwwww I love this. Absolutely feel the same way. They’re completely untouchable. And I’ll get you to them-I promise 🙂

    At the show I want to make a sign for them that says “Can I request the SHEER FUCKING AWESOMENESS?” Larry will know what I mean!

  5. Aw!! Loved this! I know the feeling all too well. It’s what I call a “musical soulmate” mine is a band named “Lifehouse” they have a song for every mood I’m in. =D

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