1997 – U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Discoteque

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1997 – U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Discoteque’, the bands third UK number 1 single.


Lyrics:

You can reach, but you can’t grab it
You can’t hold it, control it, you can’t bag it
You can push, but you can’t direct it
Circulate, regulate, oh no, you cannot connect it

You know you’re chewing bubblegum
You know what that is, but you still want some
You just can’t get enough of that lovey dovey stuff

You get confused, but you know it
Yeah you hurt for it, work for it, Love
You don’t always show it

Let go, let’s go, discoteque
Go go let go discoteque

Looking for the one
But you know you’re somewhere else instead
You want to be the song
The song that you hear in your head

It’s no trick, you can’t learn it
It’s the way you don’t pay, that’s okay
‘Cos you can’t earn it

You know you’re chewing bubblegum
You know what that is, but you still want some
You just can’t get enough of that lovey dovey stuff

Let go, let’s go, discoteque
Go go let go discoteque

Looking for the one
But you know you’re somewhere else instead
I want to be the song
The song that you hear in your head

But you take what you can get
‘Cause it’s all that you can find
Oh you know there’s something more
But tonight, tonight, tonight

Boom cha
Boom cha
Discoteque

Boom cha
Boom cha
Discoteque

Boom cha
Boom cha
Discoteque

“Discothèque” is the lead single from Irish rock band U2’s 1997 album, Pop.

The accompanying music video, which was directed by Frenchman Stéphane Sednaoui, the band performed in atmosphere approximating the inside of a mirrorball. 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 People, a popular disco era band, by similarly adopting the guises of various professions: a motorcycle police officer (Bono), a gay-fetish biker (The Edge), an American sailor (Adam Clayton), and a cowboy (Larry Mullen, Jr.).

A 30-second sample of “Discothèque” was leaked on the internet on October 26, 1996. By December 27, the entire track had been leaked, forcing U2 to move up the release date. “Discothèque” debuted at #3 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and hit #1 the following week. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on April 7, 1997. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #10, but dropped off the charts after only four weeks in the Top 40. It was also the band’s sixth (and last) Top 10 single in the US. It debuted at #1 on the UK singles chart, remaining 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 1990-2000 greatest hits album, released in 2002. The new version features 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” was similar in sound to how U2 performed the song during the PopMart Tour in 1997 and 1998.

A somewhat abbreviated form of “Discotheque” was played during the first two legs of U2’s Elevation Tour in 2001. A more rock-sounding version of the song was played twice on the Vertigo Tour accompanied by an elaborate stage lightshow, but the band wasn’t happy with the sound of the new arrangement.

Track listings

Version 1

1. “Discothèque” (12″ Version) (5:08)
2. “Holy Joe” (Garage Mix) (4:21)
3. “Holy Joe” (Guilty Mix) (5:08)

This version was released on CD in the UK. 7″ and cassette versions were available in the U.S. and Australia, omitting “Holy Joe (Guilty Mix)”.

Version 2

1. “Discothèque” (DM Deep Club Mix) (7:00)
2. “Discothèque” (Howie B Hairy B Mix) (7:39)
3. “Discothèque” (Hexadecimal Mix) (7:21)
4. “Discothèque” (DM TEC Radio Mix) (3:45)

This was the most common CD single, released in several countries.

Version 3

1. “Discothèque” (DM Deep Extended Club Mix) (10:04)
2. “Discothèque” (Hexadecimal Mix) (7:21)
3. “Discothèque” (Album Version) (5:19)
4. “Holy Joe” (Guilty Mix) (5:08)
5. “Discothèque” (Howie B Hairy B Mix) (7:39)

This was the American CD single.

Version 4

1. “Discothèque” (DM Deep Club Mix) (7:00)
2. “Discothèque” (Hexadecimal Mix) (7:21)
3. “Discothèque” (DM Deep Instrumental Mix) (6:58)
4. “Discothèque” (Radio Edit) (4:34)

This was the US-only 12″ single.

Version 5

1. “Discothèque” (DM Deep Extended Club Mix) (10:04)
2. “Discothèque” (DM Deep Beats Mix) (3:59)
3. “Discothèque” (DM TEC Radio Mix) (3:45)
4. “Discothèque” (DM Deep Instrumental Mix) (6:58)
5. “Discothèque” (12″ Version) (5:08)
6. “Discothèque” (David Holmes Mix) (6:14)
7. “Discothèque” (Howie B Hairy B Mix) (7:39)
8. “Discothèque” (Hexadecimal Mix) (7:21)

This version, featuring virtually all available remixes, was released as a triple 12″ only in the UK.

Chart (1997) Peak position
UK Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
Japan Tokio Hot 100 1
Latvian Airplay Top 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 3
German Singles Chart 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 40
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