U2’s Pop released 20 years ago

u2’s Pop

Yes, again, we are a day late (and a dollar short) with saying a day after, U2 released Pop. The release date was March 3, 1997.  Pop followed U2’s successful 1993 release Zooropa. U2 decided to experiment with synthesizers on this one, along with alternative rock. One of the main reasons why the band used samples and even drum machines was due to drummer Larry Mullen’s back problems and his absence throughout some of the album’s production.

Pop did well among critics, the song “Discotheque” reached #1 in the band’s native Ireland, Canada and the UK. It reached the top 10 in the US. The follow up single “Staring at the Sun” also saw great success in Europe, but did not do as well in the United States.

However, Pop was not popular among fans. U2’s experimentation did not bold very well among fans and the general public as a whole. The video of “Discotheque” was not loved by MTV viewers. I do recall an issue of Guitar World magazine in 1997, where someone sent them a letter claiming that he is holding The Edge hostage due to U2’s release of Pop. I can’t recall what the writer of that letter wanted Guitar World to do. But he (or she) was certainly upset about giving The Edge the publicity and an interview.

The folks at Guitar World also had a drawing of a masked man holding The Edge hostage while wearing the same outfit he wears while dancing in “Discotheque.”

U2 Pop
The Edge on Guitar World, 1997.

 

Wow.

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