and they called him BONO
Edge: 'The difference between what we are trying to do and what the Virgin Prunes are trying to do... it's almost an opposite, though it's from the same origin. We're very optimistic in our outlook; the Prunes are far more...'
Bono: 'Nihilistic. Not in their outlook, but in their music, I fear.'
Edge: 'They sort of pinpoint problems...'
Bono: 'Horror. [Laughter] They are not a rock-and-roll band and they would not like to be called rock-and-roll. They are very much involved in performance art.
'Guggi, the blonde, was my best friend since I was four years old. He's more into reptiles, alligators and fish. He keeps a tarantula in his house. He's more interested in that than he is in rock-and-roll.
'They're involved in experimenting with sound, we're more involved in music, using the traditional format, using the three piece, guitar, bass and drums. We believe in that. There's a simplicity and there's strength about that, like the primary colours - how you mix them is up to you.'
- You're aiming at a bigger audience?
Edge: 'There's no point in being a cult band, because then you're reaching a cult audience. It's counter-productive and your audience remains the same size. We're branching out. We're getting into America - onto American radio - and into a lot of countries and areas that bands like the Prunes will never get into.'
Bono: 'We want to be a cult band, but it's got to be the biggest cult in the world. We don't want to be a cult band if that means clique. There's a sort of snob - "I'm in with the in-crowd" - association with a certain amount of new music. We're trying to break down those barriers. We want to see our records on the radio, but at the same time we don't want to compromise on any level to get there.