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On this day in music history: February 28, 1983 - “War”, the third album by U2 is released. Produced by Steve Lillywhite, it is recorded at Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, Ireland from May 17 - August 20, 1982. The Irish rock bands third release marks a major stylistic shift, with them moving away from the more spiritual lyrical themes of their first two albums “Boy” and “October”. The new album features a rawer (but more polished) sound than their previous work, with many of the songs exploring the affects of warfare and its emotional aftermath on humanity. The music strikes a nerve in the public consciousness, and provide the U2 with their breakthrough in the US. Anchored by the tracks “New Year’s Day” (#53 Pop), “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, and “Seconds”, it is their first overtly political musical statement. Like their debut album “Boy”, the album cover features a photo of Peter Rowen taken by photographer Ian Finlay, the younger brother of Bono’s close friend Guggi (Derek Rowen) from the Irish post-punk band The Virgin Prunes. The album is remastered and reissued on CD and vinyl in 2008, with the LP release containing a sixteen page 12" x 12" booklet with previously unpublished photos of the band, song lyrics and new liner notes. “War” hits number one on the UK album chart, peaking at number twelve on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

That Nae Slappin song by Paul Rose that U2 supposedly ripped off sounds more like Joe Satriani. Perhaps Mr. Rose should listen to Take You Down and Lady with the Spinning Head and other demos from the U2 vault that show the birth of the Fly. 

If anything the Fly “stole” from other U2 songs. The main riff in the Fly is a slight variation of the main verse from Bullet the Blue Sky. The second half of the Fly’s solo is played in a similar fashion to the solo in Sunday Bloody Sunday. The Edge just plays these parts faster and with more distortion and some wah. 

New Year’s Day

Yeah…

All is quiet on New Year’s Day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered in black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it’s true it’s true…
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one

I…I will begin again
I…I will begin again

Oh…
Maybe the time is right
Oh…maybe tonight…

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

And so we’re told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes
On New Year’s Day
On New Year’s Day

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If you U2 people haven’t seen this before, please allow me to make your life complete.