I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………………on August 8th of 1987 U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from their best selling album “The Joshua Tree” tops Billboards Hot 100 Singles Chart. The Edge came up with the title and melody, and Bono wrote lyrics around it .Bono sometimes introduced this as “A kind of Gospel song with a restless spirit.” The Edge (Q Magazine, December 1998): “We were listening to some Gospel during The Joshua Tree sessions – I remember The Mighty Clouds and the Reverend Cleveland and The Staple Singers. The original was more loose, almost Jamaican. Bono hit on the melody and I had the title in a notebook. At first, no one took it that seriously because it sounded so unlike anything we’d ever done and it didn’t gel until the mix, but when it was finished we all realized that we had something special. The reviewers didn’t like it though. One American said it was a pale imitation of the original form and that Foreigner song I Want To Know What Love Is was better.” This won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group in 1988. Their bass player, Adam Clayton, missed the presentation because he was in the bathroom. The song reached #6 in the UK.