Records You Should Listen to Before You Perish Vol 11

U2 – Zooropa

“And I feel like I’m drifting, drifting, drifting from the shore
And I feel like I’m swimming out to her

Midnight is where the day begins
Midnight is where the day begins
Midnight is where the day begins

Lemon, see-through in the sunlight

A man builds a city
With banks and cathedrals
A man melts the sand
So he can see the world outside
(You’re gonna meet her there)
A man makes a car
(She’s your destination)
And builds a road to run them on
(You gotta get to her)
A man dreams of leaving
(She’s imagination)
But he always stays behind”

The Dublin quartet’s eighth effort is the darkest and most creative venture of their long careers. Zooropa acts as a fitting coda to U2’s wild experimental era that began with Achtung Baby. Originally planned as an EP the album was written and recorded while on the ZooTv tour and is just hopelessly disconnected and claustrophobic. In the best way.

With the overarching themes of media and marketing over-saturation the album playfully combines droning electronic beats to monotone vocals about all the rules “rockstars” have to face. While mixing in dance beats over faux opera being sang eerily from afar. Producer Brian Eno’s superb production lays out a dystopian soundscape of a grand piano introduction over the beeping and calculating noises of super computers and satellites. This album is nearly thirty years old and still feels like the future.


A critical darling – Zooropa won a Grammy in 1994 for Best Alternative Album and although by far from a commercial failure it is one of post Josh Tree u2’s least commercially successful albums.

Year Released: 1993

Record Label: Island

Genre: Alternative Rock / Pop Rock

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7 responses to “Records You Should Listen to Before You Perish Vol 11”

  1. I love U2! I’ve been to three concerts, one of them in Dublin.

    1. Me too! They are one of my favorite groups of all time but whenever they have come to Buffalo or Toronto I have had other things going on. I’m hoping to see them before they call it quits though. I’ve always heard such good things about their shows.

      1. Their shows are amazing! Bono is great! When I first went to a U2 concert I was 16. Some years later, I visited their “new” studios in Dublin and they sang a never released song. It was awesome!

  2. I feel like these videos were done at the height of weird music videos, but then I start thinking about Our Lady Peace’s In Repair and Modest Mouse’s Float On.

    1. I think the only OLP video I’ve seen is, “Somewhere Out There” because it’s forever burned into my memory. Absolutely unavoidable for months 😂 but MM was awesome.

      I miss music videos. I’d have to say the last really good music videos I saw were from the boys in OK GO. They were always doing interesting stuff.

      1. This is the OLP video I was thinking about. It’s from a concept album they did.

      2. OMG! I forgot about that song. They were a great band. Video is definitely out there but super cool. Lol

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