October 4, 2007

Duet - U2 and Greenday

This is a lineup that I never really would have put together - Irish rockers U2 and pseudo-punk rockers Greenday. The Saints Are Coming was a collaboration between the two bands shortly after Hurricane Katrina. The two played the song together for a charity concert, and the song was released on U2's singles album U218. The song has primarily been seen as a response to the government's reaction to the Hurricane. Given both band's histories with activism or protest, it's not a surprise that this is something that they would take on as a message.
The song was originally sung by a punk band called the Skids.
The result is a pretty good song. Both bands work pretty well together and it sounds pretty good.