I learned this expression (which stands for "Fuck Off And Die
") through the occasionally sullen Larry Mullen, Jr.
's drummer. It is his favorite saying, according to the book U2 At The End Of The World
, by Bill Flanagan
During a staged protest
of the Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant
, U2 were playing with the Semaphore
flags, like the ones the Beatles
used on the cover of their 'Help
' album. The idea was to videotape them moving from HELP
. Unfortunately, by that time, sleep deprivation
and radiation suit
s that made them look like clone
s of the Michelin Man
had taken their toll and the event turned into a swordfight with the flags between the members.
Source: U2 At The End Of The World, by Bill Flanagan.