With quarter-century hindsight, U2’s Pop (released 3/3/97) takes on more significance than it had at the time of its original release. Or in the interim immediately following for that matter.
Achtung Baby (released 11/18/91) represents the flashpoint of popularity and ambition for U2. The mega-successful Irish band has become something of a caricature of itself in the three-decade interim since
“She’s up all night for dasuuumn / We’re up all night fugoofuunn” — Bono
And they’re probably announcing the release during a Super Bowl ad. Because, ya know, Bono.
All hope isn’t lost for those hoping to attend The Great GoogaMooga festival this May.
Welcome to a new year of Cover Wars. I could think of no better cover tune for the occasion than this 1983 U2 classic. New Year’s Day has quite the resume appearing in both Rolling Stone’s and Pitchfork’s Top 500 songs of all-time. We’ve got a good collection of covers this week, one of which was played just a couple of days ago, so enjoy and don’t forget to vote at the bottom.
Though this was not the first time The Dresden Dolls covered this song, it certainly is the most recent. The band put together quite the New Year’s Eve setlist this year for their show at The Warfield in San Francisco. There is of course, the celebratory sounds of balloons being popped on the recording. Source: 12-31-2010[audio:https://glidemag.wpengine.com/hiddentrack/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/dresdenday.mp3]
Video of the performance:
READ ON for more covers of New Year’s Day.