This is one of my favorite all-time songs.
The album came out in early 1983, and I bought the casette in Paris in late 83/early 84 when I was studying abroad there. I remember listening to it non-stop as I took the overnight boat from France to England to visit my friend Jenny who was doing her year abroad in London. I met two English students on the trip over who were a riot. I’m still friends with one of them today.
There’s something about this album – must we say CD or DVD if we knew the music first as an LP (or cassette)? – that just gets me going. It’s what I call “rollercoaster music.” There are also rollercoaster movies, and rollercoaster books and poems. The idea is a work of art that picks you up and carries you along for the entire ride, only to drop you off at the very end, exhausted and satisfied. I’d include New Order among my rollercoaster bands. Depeche Mode is one too.
Another U2 song that carries me along is Sunday Bloody Sunday.
So with no further ado, here’s New Year’s Day, and then Sunday Bloody Sunday: