Music Matters

The cover art for Desire by U2

Desire was U2’s 12th single to be release and it became their first UK #1 hit. Desire hit #3 on the charts in the US. This song is about the ambition and dedication required to be a successful band. It also criticizes American preachers who swindle followers out of their money.

This features the "Bo Diddley beat", a rhythm made famous by Diddley. Other songs featuring this beat include George Thorogood's "Who Do You Love" and The Rolling Stones' "Not Fade Away."

Desire has  a blues style because at the time U2 became interested in American forms of music - gospel, blues, folk - after touring there in the early and mid '80s.