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This is a static archive of the domnit.org blog,
which Lenny Domnitser wrote between 2006 and 2009.

Did U2 Use Beer Bottles as Bells on “I Will Follow”?

According to a professor of mine, the glassy glockenspiel-like sound on “I Will Follow” is actually beer bottles filled to various levels with liquid. Intrigued, I searched for documentation of this, but couldn’t find any. None of the live clips I watched on YouTube have bells, and the music video doesn’t show the instrument. Supporting the bottles as bells hypothesis are the falling bottle sounds at 2:10.