It is the opening track on their album, Popand was released as its lead single on 3 February The song exhibits influences from electronic dance musiccharacteristic of the band's musical direction in the s.
The song received mixed reviews from critics. By 27 December, the entire track had been leaked, after which U2 moved the release date forward.
The song debuted on the Dont Forget To Smile - Mose Allison - The Word From Mose Discotheque Francaise - The Modern - 4 Tracks Promo at number 10, but Discotheque Francaise - The Modern - 4 Tracks Promo off the charts after only four weeks in the Top It was also the band's sixth and last top ten single in the US. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chartremaining on top for one week and spending a total of eleven weeks in the chart.
The song was remixed for U2's The Best of greatest hits album, released in The new version has a longer intro and subtle use of the techno-sounding drum beat that figured prominently in the opening of the original track. The new Discotheque Francaise - The Modern - 4 Tracks Promo sounds similar to the way U2 performed the song during the PopMart Tour in and The version on most versions of the single was the 12" version, which altered the introduction's instrumentation and vocals.
It was also slightly shorter than the album version. A more rock-sounding version of the song was played twice on the Vertigo Tour accompanied by an elaborate stage lightshow. It has not been played in full since 20 September They alluded to several elements of the disco era, including disco-style dancing and the film Saturday Night Fever.
U2 further and directly alluded to the Village Peoplea popular disco era band, by similarly adopting the guises of Im Glad When Youre Dead, You Rascal You - George Lewis - In Japan professions: a motorcycle police officer Bonoa gay-fetish biker the Edgean American sailor Adam Clayton and a cowboy Larry Mullen, Jr.
Stylus magazine described the video as "sublimely bizarre". U2 were criticized by some reviewers for the large number of dance music remixes used as B-sides, suggesting that it was an attempt to gain credibility.
In a article by Stylusthe magazine had trouble trying to classify the genre of the song, calling it "sheer WTFery" and "permanently unclassifiable". David Holmes Mix. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Alternative rock alternative dance. Retrieved 13 May Irish Communications Review.
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