Electrical Storm (song)

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"Electrical Storm"
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Single by U2
from the album The Best of 1990–2000
B-side
  • "New York" (Nice Mix)
  • "Electrical Storm" (Band Version)
Released21 October 2002
Recorded2002
GenreRock[1]
Length
Label
Composer(s)U2
Lyricist(s)Bono
Producer(s)William Orbit
U2 singles chronology
"Walk On"
(2001)
"Electrical Storm"
(2002)
"Take Me to the Clouds Above"
(2004)
Music video
"Electrical Storm" on YouTube

"Electrical Storm" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the fourth track on their second greatest hits compilation album, The Best of 1990–2000, and was released as a single on 21 October 2002. "Electrical Storm" is one of two new songs that were recorded for the compilation (the other one being "The Hands That Built America"). Two versions of the song were released: the "Band Version", produced by Carl Glanville; and the "William Orbit Mix", produced by William Orbit. The music video for the song prominently features drummer Larry Mullen Jr. and actress Samantha Morton. The lyrics were written by the band's lead vocalist Bono about two quarreling lovers and the tension between them; he relates this to a looming electrical storm.[2] U2 did not perform the song live until 2 July 2009, on the second concert of their U2 360° Tour in Barcelona, Spain.

Although the song did not chart well in the United States, reaching only number 77 on the US Billboard Hot 100, it performed well elsewhere; it reached number one in Canada, Italy, and Spain, as well as the top ten in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, and Switzerland. It also peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart, and at number 14 and 26 on the US Alternative Songs and Mainstream Rock charts, respectively.

Composition[edit]

Two official versions of the song exist – the "Band Version" mixed by Carl Glanville, and the "William Orbit Mix" mixed by William Orbit and featuring a much quieter intro. The "William Orbit Mix" appeared on The Best of 1990–2000 and the "Band Version" was featured on the B-sides disc of the album.

Shortly before the official release of the single, a third version of the song[3] was broadcast on radio stations in the United Kingdom, Australia and Latin America. Unofficially called the "Radio One Mix" (because it was originally played on BBC Radio 1, and in the middle of the song said station's call sign is heard), this version is a very-mellow sounding mix, with different guitar lines during the chorus and traditional U2 "chiming" riff at the start of the guitar solo towards the end of the song. It is believed this was a demo version that was leaked to radio.

Live performances[edit]

Though released in 2002, the song was not played live until the U2 360° Tour when it was played in the William Orbit style during the tour's second night in Barcelona, Spain on 2 July 2009. It was subsequently played twice more: on 8 July 2009 in Milan, Italy and on 1 August 2009 in Gothenburg, Sweden.[4]

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD 1 (063 909-2)
No.TitleMixed byLength
1."Electrical Storm" (William Orbit mix)William Orbit4:37
2."New York" (Nice mix)Jimmy "KLF" Cauty5:43
3."New York" (Nasty mix)Jimmy "KLF" Cauty5:00
CD 2 (063 910-2)
No.TitleMixed byLength
1."Electrical Storm" (Band version)Carl Glanville4:26
2."Bad/"40"/Where the Streets Have No Name" (Live at the Fleet Center, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2001)John Harris and Steve Lillywhite12:28
CD 3 (603 886-2)
No.TitleMixed byLength
1."Electrical Storm" (William Orbit mix)William Orbit4:37
2."Electrical Storm" (Band version)Carl Glanville4:26
Japan CD (UICI-5009)
No.TitleMixed byLength
1."Electrical Storm" (William Orbit mix)William Orbit4:37
2."New York" (Nice mix)Jimmy "KLF" Cauty5:43
3."New York" (Nasty mix)Jimmy "KLF" Cauty5:00
4."Electrical Storm" (Band version)Carl Glanville4:26
5."Bad/"40"/Where the Streets Have No Name" (Live at the Fleet Center, Boston, June 2001)John Harris and Steve Lillywhite12:28
DVD (063 857-9)
No.TitleLength
1."Electrical Storm" (William Orbit mix)4:37
2."Electrical Storm" (Director's Cut video)4:25
3."Video Interview with Larry" 
4."Photo Gallery" (Anton Corbijn photographs) 

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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