It’s not that often U2Bono and The Edge express jealousy over a song they wish they had written, but on Tuesday The Hollywood Reporter Podcast Chat Awards, hosted by Scott Feinberg, the duo had some love at New sets‘1998 pop music classic “You Get What You Give” written by Gregg Alexander with Rick Nowels.
Bono and The Edge joined Feinberg’s podcast to talk about “Your Song Saved My Life” from Sing 2, was shortlisted for the Oscars for Best Original Song (nominations will be announced February 8 for the March 27 ceremony).
When Feinberg asked them which song they felt was the best non-U2 song, Edge replied with “You Get What You Give.” “The first time I heard it on the radio, we were in the studio working on something, and I said, ‘What? “. “And I quickly wrote a song that I think was slightly influenced by that tune. It turns out that within an hour of playing it that people will go, ‘What are you doing? That’s like New Radicals, “so it never sees the light of day.”
Bono added of Alexander, “Yeah, great musician, great musician. He’s great.”
Understandably, Alexander was appreciative and a bit shocked by the comments (although the couple had previously declared their love for the song for years).
“Well, it’s like being complimented by The Beatles,” said Alexander exclusively Billboards. He then went on to respond to the compliment, praising “Your song saved my life”:” Sing 2 The tune is great not just because it’s a great song, but because they could have written about a dozen songs that saved everyone else’s life. ” Alexander is familiar with the Oscar race, was nominated to co-write “Lost Stars” from Start over, nominated for Best Original Song of 2015.
Praise for “You Get What You Give” comes almost exactly a year after Alexander retired to perform the song as part of President Joe Biden’s Inauguration. The New Radicals disbanded before their second single was even released, but “You Get What You Give” only became more popular after peaking at number 36 on the Internet. Billboard Hot 100; Biden even mentioned in his book Promise me dad: A year full of hope, hardship and purpose, that his late son Beau sang the song before chemotherapy appointments, which led to Alexander performing the song for Biden’s inauguration.
For Alexander, the continued love for the song is a blessing. “Our Albums Maybe you too have been brainwashed There were real believers in it,” he said. “King of Critics, Robert Christgau, gave it an A and Todd Rundgren & Hall & Oates later covered our second single, “Someday We Would Know”, but when the attention of new generations came, all focus on “songs”, I am just grateful to have one of the few people who survived the 90s! ”
https://www.billboard.com/music/pop/new-radicals-gregg-alexander-reacts-u2-compliment-1235020775/ Gregg Alexander reacts to U2 loving ‘You Get What You Give’ – Billboard