In a blatant attempt to grab some traffic, I thought I’d continue the series of non-LP singles from the 80s with the world’s biggest band.
I’ll admit it – I really liked U2 in the early part of their career. I used to hold both ‘Boy’ and ‘October’ in really high regard. But the last time I listened to the former record I found it almost unlistenable in its naivety.
Strange as it may seem now, neither of the above albums were massive hits. ‘Fire’, the first single from ‘October’ was the band’s first Top 40 hit and it only squeaked in there.
So when the band released ‘A Celebration’ U2 had something to prove. The song didn’t do the business, peaking at 47, perhaps because it lacked the sort of push that a pre-LP single would have received. But even today it sounds pretty respectable to these ears.
It is, however, a song that you will struggle to find on a U2 CD because it has never been on any of the band’s compilations (although it has appeared on the odd general pop compilation). In that context, it’s U2’s ‘The Puppet’ but I’ve never read anything about why this is the case.
Curiously, it shares with ‘The Puppet’ the dubious distinction that the flip side has proved more enduring both in terms of subsequent exposure on CD and in a live context. ‘Trash, Trampoline and The Party Girl’ was an atypical U2 song of the time but apparently it has been played as recently as 2001. So here are both sides of this particular 7”:
U2 – A Celebration (7” single)
U2 – Trash, Trampoline and The Party Girl (B-side)
And, yeah, I’ve spotted the flaw in the ratings stunt as well. If no-one was bothered with the song when it came out, why should it be any different now?
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