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Story of the Song: Beautiful Day, U2, 2000

D 13 August 2010     H 07:23     A Corine/Dead     C 0 messages


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BY ROBERT WEBB

Sessions for one of the defining millennial anthems began in Dublin in the winter of 1999. The producer Brian Eno devised the rhythm on a sequencer and drum machine.

Around it, Edge built one of his trademark guitar riffs, this one harking back to the band’s earliest days. After some while improvising, Bono threw out his arms and filled the room with an ecstatic yell: "It’s a beautiful dayeeee". They had the title, and more.

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