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U2's history if I had my way.

I just spent an hour wasting my time rewriting U2's history on Interference at the prompting of an 'If I Had A Say' thread, and for that reason, I'm going to share U2's rewritten history with you as today's entry.

BOY ALBUM, 1980
1. I Will Follow
2. Street Mission
3. Twilight
4. An Cat Dubh
5. Into The Heart
6. Out Of Control
7. Stories For Boys
8. Lost On A Silent Planet
9. A Day Without Me
10. Another Time, Another Place
11. The Electric Co.
12. 11 O'clock Tick Tock
13. Shadows And Tall Trees

BOY SINGLES
1. 11 O'clock Tick Tock/The Ocean/Out Of Control (early version)
2. I Will Follow/Cartoon World/Touch
3. The Electric Co./Things To Make And Do/The Dream Is Over
4. Out Of Control/Another Day/11 O'clock Tick Tock (live)

OCTOBER ALBUM, 1981
1. Gloria
2. Rejoice
3. I Threw A Brick Through A Window
4. With A Shout
5. I Fall Down
6. October
7. Fire
8. The Fool
9. Stranger In A Strange Land
10. Tomorrow
11. Scarlet

OCTOBER SINGLES
1. Gloria/J. Swallow/Is That All?
2. Fire/Father Is An Elephant/Carry Me Home
3. Rejoice/With A Shout (live)/I Will Follow (live)/11 O'clock Tick Tock (live)

WAR ALBUM, 1983
1. Sunday Bloody Sunday
2. Like A Song ...
3. New Year's Day
4. Seconds
5. Drowning Man
6. Two Hearts Beat As One
7. A Celebration
8. The Refugee
9. Surrender
10. 40

WAR SINGLES
1. New Year's Day/Treasure
2. Sunday Bloody Sunday/Endless Deep/Red Light
3. A Celebration/Trash, Trampoline, And The Party Girl
4. Surrender/Sunday Bloody Sunday (live)/The Cry-The Electric Co. (live)

UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY LIVE ALBUM, 1983
Items with an asterisk have to be from Red Rocks.
1. Gloria*
2. I Threw A Brick Through A Window
3. A Day Without Me
4. New Year's Day
5. Seconds
6. Party Girl
7. 11 O'clock Tick Tock*
8. I Will Follow
9. Sunday Bloody Sunday
10. The Cry/The Electric Co.
11. Twilight
12. 40

UNDER A BLOOD RED SKY SINGLE
1. 11 O'clock Tick Tock (live from Red Rocks)/An Cat Dubh-Into The Heart (live)/Surrender (live)

THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE ALBUM, 1984
1. A Sort Of Homecoming
2. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
3. Wire
4. The Unforgettable Fire
5. Promenade
6. 4th Of July
7. Bad
8. The Three Sunrises
9. Indian Summer Sky
10. MLK

THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE SINGLES
1. Pride (In The Name Of Love)/Boomerang/New Year's Day (live)
[Boomerang is what we know as Boomerang II.]
2. The Unforgettable Fire/Elvis Presley And America/Bad (live)
3. A Sort Of Homecoming/4th Of July (extended)/Love Comes Tumbling

THE EVERLASTING LAND ALBUM, 1985
A fully instrumental album comprised of songs that we know as UF b-sides, along with unreleased material. Boomerang II resembles what we know as Boomerang I. The single released to co-incide with this album was A Sort Of Homecoming. This album can be purchased separately or as a double album with The Unforgettable Fire.
1. Boomerang II
2. Sixty Seconds In Kingdom Come
3. Bass Trap
4. 4th Of July (extended)
5. Unreleased instrumental with quiet start, culminating in a grand ending.
6. Upbeat, fast-paced instrumental.
7. Upbeat but more dark instrumental.
8. Dark instrumental.
9. Softer instrumental.
10. Short, peaceful instrumental.

WIDE AWAKE LIVE ALBUM, 1986
Released in 1986. U2's setlists on the UF Tour did occasionally feature material from The Everlasting Land.
1. Bad
2. MLK
3. The Unforgettable Fire
4. Promenade
5. Bass Trap
6. A Sort Of Homecoming
7. The Three Sunrises
8. Instrumental from The Everlasting Land
9. Pride

WIDE AWAKE SINGLE
1. Bad (live)/Sixty Seconds In Kingdom Come (live)/Dark instrumental not on The Everlasting Land that starts with Adam solo and builds up to a heavy conclusion/Womanfish

THE JOSHUA TREE ALBUM, 1987
Luminous Times is more lyrically defined and has an even more spectacular climax. The version that appears as a WOWY b-side is the same as what we know now.
1. Where The Streets Have No Name
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
3. With Or Without You
4. Luminous Times
5. Bullet The Blue Sky
6. Running To Stand Still
7. Red Hill Mining Town
8. In God's Country
9. Spanish Eyes
10. One Tree Hill
11. Exit
12. Mothers Of The Disappeared

THE JOSHUA TREE SINGLES
#4 is Australia and New Zealand only in early 1988. #5 is initially North America only at the same time as #4, but when imports sell well and chart, it is released worldwide in mid 1988.
1. With Or Without You/Luminous Times/Walk To The Water
2. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Deep In The Heart/Trip Through Your Wires
3. Where The Streets Have No Name/Race Against Time/The Sweetest Thing
4. One Tree Hill/Beautiful Ghost
5. Bullet The Blue Sky/Silver And Gold/In God's Country (live)

RATTLE AND HUM LIVE ALBUM, 1988
Songs live from the wildly successful Joshua Tree Tour.
1. Helter Skelter
2. Exit
3. In God's Country
4. All Along The Watchtower
5. Gloria
6. Sunday Bloody Sunday
7. Bullet The Blue Sky
8. Running To Stand Still
9. With Or Without You
10. Bad
11. Where The Streets Have No Name
12. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
13. 40

RATTLE AND HUM SINGLE
The worldwide release of Bullet The Blue Sky co-incides with the worldwide release of RAH. The single below is North America only.
1. In God's Country (studio)/Exit (live)/In God's Country (live)

DAWN CHANGES EVERYTHING ALBUM, 1989
The band are on a creative high and put out this album before commencing their Lovetown Tour of Australasia, Japan, and Europe with BB King. Slow Dancing is full band; the version on the When Love Comes To Town single is the Bono-and-Edge version that ultimately found a home on the Stay single in real life.
1. Desire
2. Angel Of Harlem
3. When Love Comes To Town
4. Hawkmoon 269
5. Wild Irish Rose
6. Slow Dancing
7. Heartland
8. God Part II
9. Dancing Barefoot
10. Van Diemen's Land
11. She's A Mystery To Me
12. All I Want Is You

DAWN CHANGES EVERYTHING SINGLES
In real life, the band did record a cover of Can't Help Falling In Love With You during the JT Tour at Sun Studios that is markedly different from the other recorded version released during the Zoo era. However, in this revision, it appears on the Angel Of Harlem single.
1. Desire/Hallelujah Here She Comes/Jesus Christ
2. Heartland/My Time Hasn't Come
3. Angel Of Harlem/A Room At The Heartbreak Hotel/Can't Help Falling In Love With You
4. When Love Comes To Town/Love Rescue Me/Slow Dancing
5. All I Want Is You/Unchained Melody/Everlasting Love

FOR THE LOVE OF LOVETOWN LIVE ALBUM, 1990
After the amazing musical genius of the Lovetown Tour, the band resolve to release a collection of live material before heading into the studio and searching for a new musical direction. In the below, some songs absolutely have to be from certain concerts.
1. Hawkmoon 269
2. Desire (27 September 1989, Sydney)
3. All Along The Watchtower (27 September 1989, Sydney)
4. All I Want Is You (9 January 1990, Rotterdam)
5. She's A Mystery To Me (30 December 1989, Dublin)
6. Where The Streets Have No Name (26 December 1989, Dublin)
7. One Tree Hill (26 December 1989, Dublin)
8. Van Diemen's Land
9. Heartland
10. The Unforgettable Fire
11. God Part II

FOR THE LOVE OF LOVETOWN SINGLE
1. One Tree Hill (26 December 1989)/MLK (live)/Heartland --> Bass Trap --> A Sort Of Homecoming (live)

ACHTUNG BABY ALBUM, 1991
1. Zoo Station
2. Acrobat
3. Until The End Of The World
4. Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses
5. One
6. Love Is Blindness
7. Ultra Violet
8. Even Better Than The Real Thing
9. The Fly
10. Mysterious Ways
11. Where Did It All Go Wrong?

ACHTUNG BABY SINGLES
1. The Fly/Alex Descends Into Hell/The Lounge Fly Mix
2. One/So Cruel/Can't Help Falling In Love With You
3. Mysterious Ways/Lady With The Spinning Head/Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World
4. Until The End Of The World/Night And Day/Acrobat (live)
5. Ultra Violet/Salome/Take You Down

ZOOROPA ALBUM, 1993
This album is recorded during the ZooTV Tour and for this reason is slightly shorter than the average U2 album. The content and effects wizardry more than make up for the abridged length, and In Cold Blood is considered to not only be the most terrifying U2 song ever, but also one of the greatest political songs ever made.
1. Zooropa
2. Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
3. Lemon
4. Stay
5. The First Time
6. Dirty Day
7. Numb
8. In Cold Blood
9. The Wanderer (Johnny Cash on vocals)

ZOOROPA SINGLES
1. Stay/I've Got You Under My Skin (with Frank Sinatra)/Babyface
2. Numb/Some Days Are Better Than Others/Zooropa (radio edit)
3. Lemon/The Wanderer (Bono on vocals)/One (live)/Stay (live)/Love Is Blindness (live)
4. Dirty Day/Dirty Day (Bitter Kiss)/Dirty Day (Junk Day)/Dirty Day (live)

ZOOMERANG LIVE ALBUM, 1994
Taken from the final leg of ZooTV in 1993. The Dirty Day single's release co-incides with this.
1. Zooropa
2. The Fly
3. Mysterious Ways
4. One
5. Stay
6. Dirty Day
7. Bullet The Blue Sky
8. Running To Stand Still
9. Where The Streets Have No Name
10. Lemon
11. With Or Without You
12. Love Is Blindness

PASSENGERS ALBUM, 1996
Initially planned as a side project, this developed into a full U2 album. Many of the songs from the abandoned Original Soundtracks project are worked on and the result is something much more developed and 'U2' than we have now, and are solely made by U2, although Pavarotti features on Miss Sarajevo.
1. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
2. United Colours
[United Colours begins around the 3:30 mark of what we know and is a hard-rocking track featuring a major and distorted Edge solo]
3. One Minute Warning
4. Wake Up Dead Man
5. Corpse
[Corpse features Edge on lead and Bono backing.]
6. Native
[Native is the development of Theme From Let's Go Native]
7. Your Blue Room
8. Slug
9. Miss Sarajevo
10. Viva Davidoff
[Viva Davidoff, a soft song with beautiful vocals, is labelled by many as the rightful sequel to The First Time.]
11. North And South Of The River
12. Always Forever Now
[Always Forever Now is regarded one of U2's grandest, most touching album closers.]

PASSENGERS SINGLES
HMTMKMKM was not used as a single for Batman Forever. Miss Sarajevo was released in 1995 as an independent single to promote the Bosnia cause, while HMTMKMKM is considered the lead single for Passengers.
1. Miss Sarajevo/One (live with orchestra)/Satellite Of Love/Bad (live)
2. HMTMKMKM/Bottoms/Elvis Ate America
3. Your Blue Room/Plutonium/I'm Not Your Baby (Altervox Mix)
[Plutonium is a song developed around the softer portion of what we know as United Colours. The Altervox Mix of I'm Not Your Baby features Sinead O'Connor.]
4. Slug/A Different Kind Of Blue/Beach Sequence
5. Always Forever Now/Tomorrow (Common Ground Version)/Ito Okashi I/Ito Okashi II
[Ito Okashi I is in Japanese, Ito Okashi II is in English. Ito Okashi I features Holi with Bono backing, while Ito Okashi II is a minute longer with heavier guitar work.]

TURBULENCE ALBUM, 1998
This album (unlike real life's Pop) is completed to U2's satisfaction and no new mixes are required. No Sorrow Or Pain is an enhancement of what we know as The Playboy Mansion and Flickers Of Light is what we know as If You Wear That Velvet Dress, and combines attributes of both the original and Jools Holland versions.
1. Discotheque
2. Do You Feel Loved
3. Mofo
4. Miami
5. Last Night On Earth
6. Staring At The Sun
7. No Sorrow Or Pain
8. Flickers Of Light
9. If God Will Send His Angels
10. Please
11. Gone

TURBULENCE SINGLES
1. Gone/I'm Not Your Baby (Skysplitter Dub)/Holy Joe
2. Staring At The Sun/Staring At The Sun (acoustic)/Two Shots Of Happy, One Shot Of Sad/Slow Dancing (featuring Willie Nelson)
3. Last Night On Earth/Big Girls Are Best/The Gates Of The Mansion
[The Gates Of The Mansion is early take of No Sorrow Or Pain.]
4. Please/Sunday Bloody Sunday (live from Sarajevo)/Please (live)/Where The Streets Have No Name (live)/No Sorrow Or Pain (live)
5. Mofo/Mofo (Explicit Mix)/Pop Muzik/Mofo (live)

UP WITH THE SUN LIVE ALBUM, 1999
This release contains the best live material from the tours supporting Passengers and Turbulence.
1. Mofo
2. I Will Follow
3. Gone
4. Last Night On Earth
5. Until The End Of The World
6. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
7. United Colours
8. Miami
9. Bullet The Blue Sky
10. Please
11. Where The Streets Have No Name
12. Slug
13. One --> Wake Up Dead Man
14. Always Forever Now

THE BEST OF 1980-1990 COLLECTION, 2000
U2's management announce that ten years after the conclusion of a decade, a Best Of collection will be released, and this is the first installment. It comes complete with a re-recorded Joshua Tree era b-side as a promotional single.
1. Where The Streets Have No Name
2. I Will Follow
3. Gloria
4. Sunday Bloody Sunday
5. Pride (In The Name Of Love)
6. Out Of Control
7. New Year's Day
8. With Or Without You
9. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
10. Heartland
11. Bad
12. The Unforgettable Fire
13. The Sweetest Thing
14. Desire
15. 11 O'clock Tick Tock
16. When Love Comes To Town
17. All I Want Is You

THE BEST OF 1980-1990 COLLECTION SINGLE
Never Let Me Go does not have the spoken intro.
1. The Sweetest Thing (new recording)/The Sweetest Thing (original recording)/Never Let Me Go

ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND ALBUM, 2001
1. Beautiful Day
2. Stuck In A Moment
3. Summer Rain
4. Kite
5. New York
6. Elevation
7. When I Look At The World
8. Peace On Earth
9. Grace
10. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
11. Walk On

ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND SINGLES
1. Beautiful Day/Flower Child//Always
2. Elevation/Levitate/Love You Like Mad
3. Kite/In A Little While/Stateless
4. Stuck In A Moment/Wild Honey/Stuck In A Moment (live acoustic)
5. Walk On/Falling At Your Feet/Summer Rain (live acoustic)/Beautiful Day (live)

THE GOAL IS SOUL LIVE ALBUM, 2003
Released in early 2003 after 2002's highly successful Elevation Tour concluded with a brief Southern Hemisphere foray before Christmas, this release contains some of the best live material from the tour.
1. Elevation
2. Beautiful Day
3. Until The End Of The World
4. New Year's Day
5. Stuck In A Moment
6. Kite
7. The Ground Beneath Her Feet (acoustic)
8. Bad
9. Where The Streets Have No Name
10. Mysterious Ways
11. When I Look At The World
12. Walk On

HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB ALBUM, 2004
1. Love And Peace Or Else
2. Vertigo
3. Miracle Drug
4. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
5. City Of Blinding Lights
6. Original Of The Species
7. Smile
8. Electrical Storm
9. All Because Of You
10. A Man And A Woman
11. Crumbs From Your Table
12. One Step Closer
13. Yahweh

HOW TO DISMANTLE AN ATOMIC BOMB SINGLES
1. Vertigo/Are You Gonna Wait Forever?/Native Son
2. All Because Of You/All Because Of You (alternate version)/Fast Cars
3. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own/Ave Maria/One Step Closer (extended version)
4. Miracle Drug/The Hands That Built America/Night And Day (live)/Xanax And Wine
[The Hands That Built America had previously only appeared on a soundtrack and now appears on an official U2 release. Night And Day was live from 2003's MusiCares event and is the only full live performance of the song.]
5. Original Of The Species/Neon Lights/Yahweh (alternate version)

CITY OF BLINDING LIGHTS/11 O'CLOCK TICK TOCK EP, 2005
Originally planned to be a single, this release was expanded and came out on the 25th anniversary of U2's first release on Island Records. All the old tracks are re-recorded, and as an additional feature, live performances of the old tracks from the tour in progress are included.
1. City Of Blinding Lights
2. 11 O'clock Tick Tock
3. The Ocean
4. Out Of Control
5. A Celebration
5. 11 O'clock Tick Tock (live)
6. The Ocean (live)
7. Out Of Control (live)
8. The Cry/The Electric Co. (live)

What's next? Well, on the near horizon is a new album in late 2006 or 2007, which will have, according to Edge and Larry, a centrepiece track called Mercy ...

And the past? Here it is, summarised, with live albums in italics.

1980 - Boy
1981 - October
1983 - War
1983 - Under A Blood Red Sky
1984 - The Unforgettable Fire
1985 - The Everlasting Land
1986 - Wide Awake
1987 - The Joshua Tree
1988 - Rattle And Hum
1989 - Dawn Changes Everything
1990 - For The Love Of Lovetown
1991 - Achtung Baby
1993 - Zooropa
1994 - Zoomerang
1996 - Passengers
1998 - Turbulence
1999 - Up With The Sun
2000 - The Best Of 1980-1990
2001 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
2003 - The Goal Is Soul
2004 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
2005 - City Of Blinding Lights/11 O'clock Tick Tock EP

Does Axver waste his time in the most pointless manner possible?

Yes!
7(22.6%)
Maybe ...
2(6.5%)
No.
1(3.2%)
I'm worse.
5(16.1%)
No comment.
0(0.0%)
Zooropa!
16(51.6%)


By the way, if you answered "I'm worse" (or if you would've if you hadn't chosen Zooropa), please do tell how you are worse, because I'm having a hard time imagining what could possibly be more of a pointless waste of time than this!
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