ボノ(U2)がアーティストへのメッセージを添えた〈命を救ってくれた60曲〉を選出。プリンスの曲もあり

5月10日に60歳の誕生日を迎えたU2ののボノ。
誕生日の60にかけ〈60 Songs That Saved My Life (命を救ってくれた60曲)〉と題し、楽曲とアーティストに宛てたメッセージが公開されました。

60 Songs That Saved My Life

60曲は以下の通り。

  1. Luciano Pavarotti, Bono and Zucchero / “Miserere”
  2. Sex Pistols / “Anarchy in the U.K.”
  3. Kanye West / “Black Skinhead”
  4. Billie Eilish / “Everything I Wanted”
  5. David Bowie / “Life on Mars?”
  6. The Beatles / “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
  7. Ramones / “Swallow My Pride”
  8. The Clash / “Safe European Home”
  9. Public Enemy / “Fight the Power”
  10. Patti Smith / “People Have the Power”
  11. John Lennon / “Mother”
  12. The Rolling Stones / “Ruby Tuesday”
  13. Elton John / “Daniel”
  14. Andrea Bocelli / “Con Te Partiro”
  15. Elvis Presley / “Heartbreak Hotel”
  16. Johnny Cash / “Hurt”
  17. This Mortal Coil / “Song to the Siren”
  18. Kraftwerk / “Neon Lights”
  19. The Fugees / “Killing Me Softly”
  20. Prince / “When Doves Cry”
  21. Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers / “Get Lucky”
  22. Madonna / “Ray of Light”
  23. Jay Z feat. Alicia Keys / “Empire State of Mind”
  24. Talking Heads / “Love Goes to Building on Fire”
  25. Lou Reed / “Satellite of Love”
  26. The Verve / “Bitter Sweet Symphony”
  27. Joy Division / “Love Will Tear Us Apart”
  28. New Order / “True Faith”
  29. R.E.M. / “Nightswimming”
  30. Adele / “Chasing Pavements”
  31. Arcade Fire / “Wake Up”
  32. Pixies / “Monkey Gone to Heaven”
  33. Oasis / “Live Forever”
  34. Iggy Pop / “Lust for Life”
  35. Gavin Friday / “Angel”
  36. Massive Attack / “Safe From Harm”
  37. Kendrick Lamar feat. U2 / “XXX”
  38. Bob Marley and the Wailers / “Redemption Song”
  39. Echo and the Bunnymen / “Rescue”
  40. Nirvana / “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
  41. Pearl Jam / “Jeremy”
  42. Bob Dylan / “Most of the Time”
  43. Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar / “Freedom”
  44. Depeche Mode / “Walking in My Shoes”
  45. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds / “Into My Arms”
  46. Simon and Garfunkel / “The Sounds of Silence”
  47. Coldplay / “Clocks”
  48. INXS / “Never Tear Us Apart”
  49. New Radicals / “You Get What You Give”
  50. Angélique Kidjo / “Agolo”
  51. Lady Gaga / “Born This Way”
  52. Frank Sinatra and Bono / “Under My Skin”
  53. David Bowie / “Heroes”
  54. Simple Minds / “New Gold Dream (81/82/83/84)”
  55. Sinéad O’Connor / “You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart”
  56. Van Morrison / “A Sense of Wonder”
  57. Bruce Springsteen / “There Goes My Miracle”
  58. Daniel Lanois / “The Maker”
  59. Peter Frampton / “Show Me the Way”
  60. Bee Gees / “Immortality (Demo Version)”

古い曲から近年の曲まで世代・性別の幅が広く、ボノの音楽愛が判るセレクトですね。
YouTubeには楽曲をまとめて聴ける様になっています。

プリンスは“When Doves Cry”

プリンスの楽曲からは“When Doves Cry”をセレクト、Twitterにはプリンスへのメッセージが添えられています。

以下引用

Dear Prince,
You are the most cinematic of musical geniuses.

Little Richard, Miles Davis and Marc Bolan all had it… and boy did they know it… but you had it the most of all the movie stars, rock stars, instinct avatars, and improviser auteurs. You were writing, producing, directing and starring as all the characters busting out from your magical, vivid soul. All you. All the time.

You were a “how can it be?” event everywhere you went… and this occurring nightly.

Master of the establishing shot…

“Dig if you will this picture…”

“I was working part time in the five and dime…”

“You don’t have to be beautiful to turn me on…”

The song always said what it was about from the start, like a Hemingway story, but like all great auteurs you could never guess what you’d do next until you did it and it became obvious.

Those choruses and concepts, and sounds and messages were impeccable and unbelievable…and the doves and everyone else would cry at the perfection of this font of melody and meaning…

and rhythm.

Was there ever a songwriter who understood the relationship between voice and drums more? James Brown is your only peer.

Having been blessed enough to spend my musical life with the great drummer Larry Mullen Jr, I find it even more incredible what you were able to do on your own… though you were, of course, always surrounded by the cream of the crop… CREAM.

Thank you for asking me to sing THE CROSS with you all those nights/years ago in Dublin… I wish I’d been close enough to take the nails and the hammer out of your hands.

I don’t believe anybody’s a genius… I think people just access it for a moment or a while…. but you came close.

Your fandango,
Bono

”あなたは音楽の天才の中で最も映画的です(中略)すべてのキャラクターをあなたが脚本を書き、プロデュースし、監督し、主演していた”といった冒頭から始まり、楽曲への思い、1995年3月31日にダブリンで行われたアフターショウでステージで"The Cross"を歌わせてくれた思い出などを綴ってます。