I was listening to Spotify and this song started to play. Its funny how one song brings back memories from a certain period in your life. I was teaching English in Taipei at the time this song was released.
I remember this song well. It was my favorite song on the album “Zooropa” by U2. I was in Taiwan when this album was released. Listening to this song brought back memories of scooters, motorcycles. a large gaping hole in the middle of the street, some truly weird roommates and dancing to the song “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against The Machine. That song was quite popular at the time in one particular Taipei bar. Every time it was played, a large crowd would start dancing on the dance floor. I don’t remember the name of the bar. It was a bar not too far from where I used to live at that time. I think there was a 7 Eleven convenience store nearby.
After twenty five years, I still like this song. It has some some of the most memorable lyrics in music.
Click here to watch live performance of this song by U2 in Sydney, Australia on November 27, 1993.
According to some reviews of the album:
Jon Pareles wrote that the songs are about how “media messages infect characters’ souls”, while music journalist David Browne said the songs are concerned with “emotional fracturing in the techno-tronic age”.