Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The early U2 single that vanished without a trace

U2 : Another Day

On February 26, 1980 U2 released "Another Day" b/w "Twilight", exclusively in Ireland. Bono designed the sleeve.That night the band played a concert at Dublin Stadium. While introducing the song, Bono mentioned that the single was out on CBS, but predicted that it would not be out on that label for long. After the concert, U2 signed with Island Records, making “Another Day” the final single to be released only on CBS in Ireland. “Another Day” did not chart and did not remain in the band’s live set for long, and in fact disappeared entirely by mid-1980.

The back sleeve clearly states that the B-side wasn't produced, but recorded in 15 minutes on four tracks. Worth hearing for Bono's hiccuping high notes in the lyrics.

"Twilight" remains the better known of the two songs. The band re-recorded the song for their debut album Boy and played the song on the Boy, October and War tours, including the legendary 1983 show at Red Rocks that spawned the Under A Blood Red Sky concert film.

Red Rocks, 1983. 

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