"I thank thee, O Father, because thou hast hidden these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them unto babes."

Hat tip to the @U2 blog for pointing out some recent posts to YouTube that document a very early phase in U2's history, radio interviews from before Boy. In addition to the one mentioned on their blog, the same user has posted the show where listeners are invited to pick the single for U2:3 -- as well as a two-part 1981 audio post which readers of this blog will also doubtless be motivated to check into. In it, Bono plays and reviews tracks from what was then Bob Dylan's new Christian album, Shot of Love with great enthusiasm and interest.

To a listener in 2008, it is hard not to notice that the themes of rebirth and starting over which are so prominent on U2's most recent album were already eliciting great energy from U2's lyricist in 1981. Part 1 of the Dylan review is here.

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