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"Discothèque"
Single by U2
from the album Pop
B-side "Holy Joe"
various remixes
Released 3 February 1997
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD, cassette
Genre Alternative rock, techno, alternative dance
Length 5:19 (album version)
4:34 (radio edit)
Label Island
Producer Flood
U2 singles chronology
"Miss Sarajevo"
(1995)
"Discothèque"
(1997)
"Staring at the Sun"
(1997)
Alternate cover
Alternate cover

"Discothèque" is the lead single from Irish rock band U2's 1997 album, Pop, it was a hit single heading straight to number one in many countries charts including the UK Top 40.

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Release history

A 30-second sample of "Discothèque" was leaked to the internet on 26 October 1996. By 27 December, the entire track had been leaked, forcing U2 to move up the release date. "Discothèque" debuted at #3 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and hit #1 the following week. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on 7 April 1997. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #10, but dropped off the charts after only four weeks in the Top 40. It was also the band's sixth (and last) Top 10 single in the US. It debuted at #1 on the UK singles chart, remaining on top for one week and spending a total of eleven weeks in the chart.

The song was remixed for U2's The Best of 1990-2000 greatest hits album, released in 2002. The new version features a longer intro and subtle use of the techno-sounding drum beat that figured prominently in the opening of the original track. The 'new' "Discotheque" was similar in sound to how U2 performed the song during the PopMart Tour in 1997 and 1998. The 12" version on the single contains a slightly different introduction.

The song has been said to bear an uncanny resemblance to that of "Begging You" by The Stone Roses. The Edge revealed that he met Stone Roses bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield and admitted the similarities between both songs, to which Mani had replied "Every band has to start somewhere".

A somewhat abbreviated form of "Discotheque" was played during the first two legs of U2's Elevation Tour in 2001. A more rock-sounding version of the song was played twice on the Vertigo Tour accompanied by an elaborate stage lightshow, but the band wasn't happy with the sound of the new arrangement.

Music video

The accompanying music video, which was directed by Frenchman Stéphane Sednaoui, the band performed in atmosphere approximating the inside of a mirrorball. They alluded to several elements of the disco era, including disco-style dancing and the film Saturday Night Fever. U2 further and directly alluded to the Village People, a popular disco era band, by similarly adopting the guises of various professions: a motorcycle police officer (Bono), a gay-fetish biker (The Edge), an American sailor (Adam Clayton), and a cowboy (Larry Mullen, Jr.).

Track listings

7" and cassette
# Title Length
1. "Discothèque" (12" version) 5:08
2. "Holy Joe" (Garage mix) 4:21
UK CD release
# Title Length
1. "Discothèque" (12" version) 5:08
2. "Holy Joe" (Garage mix) 4:21
3. "Holy Joe" (Guilty mix) 5:08
CD release
# Title Length
1. "Discothèque" (DM Deep Club mix) 7:00
2. "Discothèque" (Howie B Hairy B mix) 7:39
3. "Discothèque" (Hexadecimal mix) 7:21
4. "Discothèque" (DM TEC Radio Mix) 3:45
U.S. CD
# Title Length
1. "Discothèque" (DM Deep Extended Club mix) 10:04
2. "Discothèque" (Hexadecimal mix) 7:21
3. "Discothèque" (Album version) 5:19
4. "Holy Joe" (Guilty mix) 5:08
5. "Discothèque" (Howie B Hairy B Mix) 7:39
12" U.S. release
# Title Length
1. "Discothèque" (DM Deep Club mix) 7:00
2. "Discothèque" (Hexadecimal mix) 7:21
3. "Discothèque" (DM Deep Instrumental mix) 6:58
4. "Discothèque" (Radio edit) 4:34
Triple 12" (UK release)
# Title Length
1. "Discothèque" (DM Deep Extended Club mix) 10:04
2. "Discothèque" (DM Deep Beats mix) 3:59
3. "Discothèque" (DM TEC Radio mix) 3:45
4. "Discothèque" (DM Deep Instrumental mix) 6:58
5. "Discothèque" (12" version) 5:08
6. "Discothèque" (David Holmes mix) 6:14
7. "Discothèque" (Howie B Hairy B mix) 7:39
8. "Discothèque" (Hexadecimal mix) 7:21

Charts

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 3
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart[1] 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 40

See also

References

  1. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. http://www.irishcharts.ie/search/placement. Retrieved 2009-11-23.   Note: U2 must be searched manually.
  2. ^ "EveryHit.com search results: U2". Everyhit.com. http://www.everyhit.com. Retrieved 2009-11-22.   Note: U2 must be searched manually.
Preceded by
"Ain't Nobody" by LL Cool J
UK Singles Chart number-one single
9 February 1997 – 16 February 1997
Succeeded by
"Don't Speak" by No Doubt
Preceded by
"#1 Crush" by Garbage
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
1 February 1997 – 22 February 1997
Succeeded by
"Lakini's Juice" by Live
Preceded by
"Insomnia" by Faithless
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
22 March 1997 – 29 March 1997
Succeeded by
"People Hold On" by Lisa Stansfield
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