I've got a bit of a strange relationship with U2 that swings between thinking they are fantastic (Zooropa , Achtung Baby , Unforgettable Fire) to them having me reach for the off button (Rattle and Hum, Pop, all that flag waving of the first 3 lps) to what is more worrying indifference (The last 2 lps have completely passed me by - not sure I could even name a track from either of them)
However recently the anniversary of the release of for me their high water mark in creativity has signalled a rush of activity. Big collectors box sets , a BBC 4 documentary (strangely completely devoid of the sense of fun and mischief that seeped into the lp and tour it was celebrating), Glastonbury ,etc.
Q magazine have marked the occasion by giving away a version of the lp made up of cover versions. Some are straightforward (The Fray try to out U2 U2, some are a misfires (I don't really get Glasvegas and there version of Acrobat does nothing to change that) and some that take the song to a different place. (Patti Smith , the Killers are interesting versions and One gets the Damien Rice treatment)
The most effective is by Basildon's best who were having their own rock and roll moment at the time having released the all conquering Violator