Blow Your House Down

I seem to be on a bit of a roll with the really good b sides/ unpublished songs. Today we get Blow Your House Down, one of the extras that came on the Achtung Baby deluxe edition. Again from the fertile period of the late 80s and early 90s we get a song that could have been a really good fit on many of the albums they’ve released, instead of being relegated to a twenty year anniversary special.

Really good drums, they stand out as both being loud and clear, and in this case pushing the song along. Several times, during the chorus and at other points, the hard beat of the drums switches into where Larry is apparently banging the drum with one hand and the cymbals with the other, really punching up the song at that point. In fact I have to say that the drums seem to dominate this song, they control the sound throughout, and the guitar is really not that noticeable except for a few select points in the song.

Right at the start someone says “One, two, three, four” as the drumsticks beat together, and obviously that would be Larry talking, but I don’t know why I think it sounds more like Adam’s voice. That would be weird, right, the bass player saying the one two three four lead-in while the drummer hits the sticks? And I can’t even say that I know their voices well enough to tell the difference, especially with the little you hear from Adam, so maybe I’m just imagining things.

I enjoy Blow Your House Down until I start to think of the lyrics. Again this seems to be a song about an ex-lover (“Why, though I’m glad you’re gone, Do I want you tonight”), trying to tell you to stay away, that she’s only going to cause you problems. But the rest of the lyrics, or rather the point of the lyrics, is really kind of obscure. I would say that it sounds like Bono trying to be artsy, or literary, but we know he is and this one kind of is a miss. Don’t get me wrong, it’s interesting, it just doesn’t grab me like much of his stuff does.

The chorus, “she’s gonna blow your house down,” is repeated a little too often for my liking. It certainly seems like one of those opportunities for Bono to take the words and twist them a little, make them slightly different each time and keep it interesting.

There is a bridge near the end which I have to say sounds somewhat like a Beatles song. You know, that wishy washy kind of music, hippy dippy, other words that rhyme with each other. It’s the part that starts with “The wave” and ends with “devil’s hands,” which if you haven’t heard the song you have no idea about what I mean. But listen and you’ll hear it, they just suddenly switch into that lame kind of music for a moment.

My rating for Blow Your House Down: 5 / 10