Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of

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"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
Single by U2
from the album All That You Can't Leave Behind
B-side "Big Girls are Best"
Released 29 January 2001
Format CD, cassette
Recorded HQ in Dublin, Ireland
Genre Rock
Length 4:32 (Album Version)
3:42 (Radio Edit)
Label Island / Interscope
Producer(s) Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno
U2 singles chronology
"Beautiful Day"
(2000)
"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of"
(2001)
"Elevation"
(2001)

"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" is the second single from U2's 2000 album, All That You Can't Leave Behind. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2002. Bono has said the song was inspired by a fictional conversation with his friend Michael Hutchence about suicide.

Writing and composition[edit]

"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" emerged while The Edge was working on a gospel-influenced chord progression on the piano.[1]

U2's lead singer Bono wrote the song about the suicide of his close friend Michael Hutchence, lead singer of the band INXS. The song is written in the form of an argument about suicide in which Bono tries to convince Hutchence of the act's foolishness.[2]

The song structure is reminiscent of "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye. Bono characterized the song as a fight between friends, which he felt guilty for never having with Hutchence. As Bono said in 2005, "It's a row between mates. You're kinda trying to wake them up out of an idea. In my case it's a row I didn't have while he was alive. I feel the biggest respect I could pay to him was not to write some stupid soppy song, so I wrote a really tough, nasty little number, slapping him around the head. And I'm sorry, but that's how it came out of me."[3]

Mick Jagger and his daughter Elizabeth recorded backing vocals for the song, although these did not make the final mix.[4]

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were filmed for the song.

One is directed by Joseph Kahn, features an American football game between the "Flys" [sic] and the "Lemons" filmed at the Houston Astrodome, and contains various inside jokes and references to the band's past, such as the team names themselves - which were the titles of two U2 singles released in the '90s. The video features a brief cameo in the beginning from John Madden, whose lines also feature several U2 references. The main part of the video shows a placekicker named Paul Hewson—Bono's real name—forced to re-live a field goal he missed that cost his team the game.

The other video, directed by Kevin Godley, shows Bono being thrown out of a van several times, as if "stuck in a moment". At the end of the video, the rest of the band helps him up.

Covers[edit]

Somalian-Canadian rapper K'naan performed the song live in July 2010 for iheartradio.[5]

Track listings[edit]

"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" was released on 29 January 2001 in the UK, on 12 February 2001 in Australia, on 27 March in France, and on 30 October 2001 in Canada.[citation needed]

Track listings[edit]

All music composed by U2.

Note: Track 4 only available on the Australian limited edition CD.

Note: Track 4 only available on the Australian limited edition CD.

Note: Only available in France.

Note: Released only in Japan, featuring most B-sides from both regular CD releases.

Note: A Canada-only release on late October 2001, also available on CD.

B-sides[edit]

The "Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" singles were backed with the following B-sides:

  • "Beautiful Day" (Quincey and Sonance Remix) - this remix was released, in a shorter version, in a promotional CD along with an issue of Q magazine.
  • "Beautiful Day" and "New York" (Live from Farmclub.com) - this was a performance in 27 October 2000 for the American TV show, during U2's promotional tour of the All That You Can't Leave Behind album.
  • "All I Want Is You" and "Even Better Than the Real Thing" (Live from Manray) - the first public listening of All That You Can't Leave Behind in the famous Paris nightclub was capped with an impromptu performance by U2, the first since the end of the PopMart Tour. These two songs were lifted from that performance.
  • "Elevation" (Vandit Club Remix) this remix was done by Paul Van Dyk.

Alternative versions[edit]

There are three versions of this song:

  • The album version, which appears on All That You Can't Leave Behind. This is the original version of the song.
  • The acoustic version, which appears on the single, as well as in the "Walk On" single and the 7 EP. The same vocal track is used with a different, stripped-down arrangement.
  • The radio edit, which was used in the promotional radio singles in the US. Part of the first verse and the outro are edited out, leaving the song with about three and a half minutes.

Dedication[edit]

During the U2 360° Tour show at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN on 23 July 2011 Bono and The Edge performed an acoustic version of the song. Bono introduced the song as being written for his late friend Michael Hutchence, but dedicated the performance to Amy Winehouse who had died hours earlier that day.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Position
Australia (ARIA)[6] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 38
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 31
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 33
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[10] 1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[11] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 10
France (SNEP)[13] 31
Germany (Media Control Charts)[14] 40
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 1
Italy (FIMI)[16] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 12
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[20] 4
Spain[citation needed] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 38
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[24] 52
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[25] 35
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[26] 35
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[27] 9
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[28] 27
US Top 40 Tracks 27

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr. U2 by U2. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-077674-9. 
  2. ^ http://hem.bredband.net/steverud/U2MoL/ATYCLB/stuck.html
  3. ^ Rolling Stone 3 November 2005.
  4. ^ Gundersen, Edna (29 September 2010). "Rock Hall of Fame shows get a three-disc set for the ages". USA Today. 
  5. ^ http://www.covermesongs.com/2010/08/two-new-iheartradio-videos-robyn-strips-down-alicia-keys-k%E2%80%99naan-goofs-around-for-u2.html
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  10. ^ "U2: Charts and Awards". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 21 November 2009. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Danishcharts.com – U2 – Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of". Tracklisten. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  12. ^ "U2: Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – U2 – Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  14. ^ "Chartverfulgong > U2 > Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  15. ^ "Chart Track: Week 5, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – U2 search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
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  21. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – U2 – Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – U2 – Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  23. ^ "Archive Chart: 2001-02-10" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  24. ^ "U2 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for U2. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  25. ^ "U2 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Alternative Songs for U2. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  26. ^ "U2 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for U2. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  27. ^ "U2 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for U2. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  28. ^ "U2 Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for U2. Retrieved 6 June 2014.