Mofo (song)

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"Mofo"
U2 Mofo.png
CD single cover
Single by U2
from the album Pop
Released8 December 1997
Format12-inch, CD single
GenreAlternative rock, techno[1]
Length5:46
LabelIsland
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Flood
U2 singles chronology
"Please"
(1997)
"Mofo"
(1997)
"Sweetest Thing"
(1998)

"Mofo" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It is the third track on their 1997 album Pop and was released as the album's final single on 8 December 1997. The song was partially written about lead vocalist Bono's mother, who died when he was 14 years old. Other songs which Bono wrote about his mother include "Lemon", "I Will Follow", "Iris (Hold Me Close)" and "Tomorrow". Andrew Unterberger of Stylus Magazine considers the song to be "the only legitimate evidence" of U2's supposed dance-orientated direction on the album.[2] He said the song was "Underworld-esque house frenzy."[3]

"Mofo" opened every concert from the 1997–1998 PopMart Tour. It appears in the concert film PopMart: Live from Mexico City and also on Hasta la Vista Baby!, a live album from the same show.

British electronica band Underworld also recorded a remix that was never released.[4]

Track listings[edit]

CD release[edit]

All lyrics written by Bono and The Edge; all music composed by U2.

No.TitleRemixed byLength
1."Mofo" (Phunk Phorce mix)Matthew Roberts8:43
2."Mofo" (Mother's mix)Roni Size8:56
3."If God Will Send His Angels" (Grand Jury mix)Gerald Baillergeau (aka Big Yam) and Victor Merritt (aka Vino)5:40

12-inch release[edit]

All lyrics written by Bono and The Edge; all music composed by U2.

Side A
No.TitleRemixed byLength
1."Mofo" (Phunk Phorce mix)Matthew Roberts8:43
2."Mofo" (Black Hole dub)Matthew Roberts6:45
Side AA
No.TitleRemixed byLength
1."Mofo" (Mother's mix)Roni Size8:56
2."Mofo" (House Flavour mix)Roni Size7:16
3."Mofo" (Romin mix)Johnny Moy5:50

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 35
Italy (FIMI)[6] 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gill, Andy (28 February 1997). "Andy Gill on Albums; U2 Pop Island 314 524-334-2". The Independent. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/playing_god/u2-poopropa.htm
  3. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (6 November 2006). "U2 vs REM". Stylus. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  4. ^ "> Discography > Albums > Mofo". U2. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  5. ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=U2&titel=Mofo&cat=s
  6. ^ http://www.hitparadeitalia.it/indici/per_interprete/au.htm