August 2005

Your Question

How did the band U2 get its name?

Our Response

This being our first column, it's nice that we're starting off with an easy question. The band U2 was formed by its lead singer, Bono. Bono, as the band's fans know, is a big fan of TV "rock" group The Monkees. And in that fact lies the story behind the band's name.

Check out these lyrics from the Monkees' "hit" song, "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" (one of Bono's favorites):

Girl, I don't want to fight,
I'm a little bit wrong,
And you're a little bit right.
I said girl, you know that it's true
It's a little bit me,
And it's a little bit you, too.

Check out the last two words in that chorus and you have the answer to the question.

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