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Vertigo
U2
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The night is full of holes
There's bullets ripping sky of ink with gold
They twinkle as the boys play rock and roll
They know that they can't dance - at least they know

2004
31
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • peaked at No. 31 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2004
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 2004 for one week
  • RIAA certified Digital Gold
  • the lead single released from U2's eleventh studio album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (2004)
  • 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song
  • 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance By A Group With Vocal
  • the song went through several title changes - originally called "Full Metal Jacket", then "Native Son" and finally "Vertigo"
  • the countoff in Spanish by Bono at the beginning of the song, translates in English, not to "one, two, three, four" but to - "some, two, three, fourteen"; when asked about this, Bono has commented that "there may have been some alcohol involved"
  • on the record:
         Bono - lead and backing vocals
         The Edge - guitar, backing vocals
         Adam Clayton - bass
         Larry Mullen Jr - drums, percussion
         Garret "Jacknife" Lee - synthesizer
  • written by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)
  • produced by Steve Lillywhite
  • mixed by Carl Glanville, Steve Lillywhite
  • "Vertigo" was used in a TV commercial to promote U2's album and Apple products
  • the locale for the music video was Punta Del Fangar (Ebro Delta), Spain - it was directed by Alex & Martin
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