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Bono says he gets ’embarrassed’ by listening to old U2 songs – ‘Most make me cringe’

Bono has said that he gets “embarrassed” by hearing old U2 songs and dislikes the Irish rock band’s name.

Frontmen in the band formed in 1976 Prohibit:, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. who all met at school in Dublin.

He has a string of UK number one albums in a career spanning 40 years and has sold over 157 million albums.

Speaking on the Awards Chatter podcast with fellow bandmate The Age, Bono said: “I’ve been in a car when one of our songs came on the radio, and I’m colored – as we say in Dublin – red.”

“I’m just embarrassed. I think U2 pretty much pushes the boat on embarrassment.

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Both Bono and The Edge stated that they were not fans of the band’s name.

“And maybe that place of being as an artist is right on the edge of your pain level for embarrassment, your level of embarrassment.”

Bono said that he is most proud of his song Vertigo, but added: “Most others annoy me a little.”

The 61-year-old Dublin-born rocker said his voice sounds “stressed” so he finds it hard to hear: “The band sounds incredible.”

He said that he had “recently become a singer” after listening to the Ramones’ music and “realizing that I didn’t want to be that rock and roll singer”.

He noted that singer-songwriter Robert Palmer met bandmate Clayton in the 1980s and told him: “God, would you ever tell your singer to just take the keys down a little, he’d do himself a favor, give his voice a melody.” He will do favors and he will do all of us a favor who have to listen to him”.

Both Bono and The Age, 60, revealed that the group didn’t particularly like their band’s name.

U2 was originally named The Hype, but they felt that the name was obvious and informal. It was his friend and graphic artist Steve Avril who suggested the name.

The Age recalled: “Of the suggestions, it wasn’t like it jumped out to us as the name we were really looking for, but it was the one we hated the least.

“And what we loved about it was that it wasn’t clear from the name what this band would sound like or be about.

“In that sense it felt refreshing.”

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He added: “It was the one we chose and we didn’t really like it at first.”

Bono commented that he was still not a fan of the name, adding: “I still don’t. I really don’t.

“Paul McGuinness, our first manager, said ‘Look, that’s a cool name, it’s going to look good on a T-shirt, a letter and a number.'”

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