When I'm in a slump, I comfort myself by saying if I believe in dinosaurs, then somewhere, they must be believing in me. And if they believe in me, then I can believe in me. Then I bust out.
~Mookie Wilson, World Series champion
Even the fourth song "Bullet the Blue Sky," though not a single, was the other song I knew the most of the album.
But when you flip the vinyl on this one, it takes a change — and it's not a bad change.
Some of the effects get stripped away and it's just a really good band being a really good band.
Nowhere is that more evident than on "Trip Through Your Wires" with its touches of blues and country — which puts it right in my wheelhouse.
From my understanding, the band shelved this song after the tour in support of "The Joshua Tree," not revisiting it live until this year for the album's 30th anniversary, when the concerts feature the album in its entirety.
That kind of makes sense, considering how the band's sound developed in the '90s. Then again, I'd argue that nothing they've made since 1991's "Achtung Baby" was actually as good as this.†
Here's U2 playing "Trip Through Your Wires" back in the late '80s.
I think they'd be wise to keep it on the setlist even after this tour.
†--OK, one exception: "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" from the "Batman Forever" Soundtrack in 1995 is one of the coolest things U2 ever did.