U2 October Turns 40 - Noise11.com
U2 October

U2 October Turns 40

by Paul Cashmere on October 12, 2021

in News

‘October’, the second U2 album, was released on this day 12 October 1981.

‘October’ came 51 weeks after the first U2 album ‘Boy’. Like the first album ‘October’ was only met with mild success. It reached no 34 in Australia, no 11 in the UK and no 104 in the USA.

The album gave U2 their first hit in Australia with ‘Gloria’ (no 32, 1981).

‘October’ has a chaotic beginning. As the story goes the original written lyrics were kept in Bono’s briefcase. The bag went missing during a show in Portland and U2 had to write new songs before the sessions started in July. The original handwritten lyrics have never surfaced.

Another single ‘Fire’ reached no 4 in Ireland.

The next U2 album ‘War’ was the one that broke them worldwide. ‘War’ was the album that replaced Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ at the top of the UK chart.

NEW: Noise11 on YouTube SUBSCRIBE

Noise11.com

Follow Noise11 on Social Media

Noise11 on Instagram

You’ll discover music news first following Noise11 on Twitter

Comment on the news of the day, join Noise11 on Facebook

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Rolling Stones Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones Complete 1982 Wembley Concert Available for the First Time

The Rolling Stones complete Wembley, London concert from 25 and 26 June 1982 has become available for the very first time as part of the new ‘Tattoo You’ box set.

1 day ago
Abba Just A Notion
Björn From ABBA Had To Google Himself To Find Out About The New ABBA Song Just A Notion

Björn from ABBA went Googling through Wikipedia to find out when he first recorded the new ABBA song ‘Just A Notion’.

1 day ago
Bob Dylan Shot of Love
Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Opens Up About Working With Bob Dylan

Benmont Tench, a co-founding member of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, first met Bob Dylan in 1981 when he was invited to play keyboards on Dylan’s ‘Shot of Love’ album.

2 days ago
Duran Duran in Austin Texas photo by Ros O'Gorman
Duran Duran Debut ‘Anniversary’ Video Shot At Belvoir Castle

The new Duran Duran ‘Anniversary’ video has premiered with stunning footage filmed from Belvoir Castle. The video even features a ‘dancing queen’.

2 days ago
Madonna performs at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 12 March 2016. This is the first show of the Australian leg of her world wide Rebel Heart Tour. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Madonna Biopic Almost Ready For Production

Madonna has almost finished penning the script for her biopic.

2 days ago
Rod Stewart photo by Ros O'Gorman
Rod Stewart To Play His 11th Year of Vegas

Rod Stewart will take up his 11th residency in Las Vegas in 2022.

3 days ago
INXS Underneath the Colours
INXS Underneath The Colours Turns 40

INXS’ second album ‘Underneath The Colours’ was released 40 years ago this week.

3 days ago