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U2 — New Year's Day
Album: War
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 3165








Released: 1983
Length: 5:27
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Yeah

All is quiet on New Year's day
A world in white gets underway
I want to be with you, be with you, night and day
Nothing changes on New Year's day
On New Year's day

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

Under a blood red sky
A crowd has gathered, black and white
Arms entwined, the chosen few
The newspapers says, says
Say it's true, it's true
And we can break through
Though torn in two
We can be one

I, I will begin again
I, I will begin again

Yeah, ohhh

Ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah
Ah-ah, ah-ah, ah-ah

Ah, maybe the time is right
Oh, maybe tonight

I will be with you again
I will be with you again

And so we're told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
Though I want to be with you
Be with you night and day
Nothing changes on New Year's day
On New Year's day
On New Year's day
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omg...moved to another level
This effort is/was their pinnacle for me
 Retrograde-orbit wrote:
I am going to claim ultimate bragging rights relative to U2.
 

I believe the small crowd of fans waiting in rain and cold  who were personally served hot tea by Bono prior to the Under a Blood Red Sky show in 1983 will claim otherwise.
 MrStatenIsle wrote:
Probably their most important work (album).
 
I'll go along with that.  This song represents some of their best work.
Probably their most important work (album).
Steve Lillywhite deserves some credit for the energy coming through in this track.
while not my fave U2 track it stands out in my memory as being the first music video I ever saw on tv. There was so much talk of video being an *interesting* development but I don't think any of us could have predicted as the 80s began what a game changer it would become.
 cely wrote:
This was ubiquitous back when, and I've heard it too many times, and I had a hard time liking it back in the 80s because it was just so drama-filled.  Enough bombast already.  But...that piano, that guitar, the steady rhythm, the plaintive vocals.  When you hear it years later you realize that it's just excellent, and it makes sense these guys took the road less traveled to become the paradigmatic rock band for so many years.  Maybe even still.
 

Paradigmatic. Excellent choice of term. 
I am going to claim ultimate bragging rights relative to U2.  I saw them during this tour at Cayuga Community College.  My buddy and I got in early (festival seating) and I was standing in the front row, in front of Larry Mullens.  I could have pulled him off the stage that was how close we were.  I'll bet they don't even remember playing that venue that early in their careers.  I saw them again in much later at Soldier Field ($500 a pop seats) located in essentially a 5 sided box - the standing waves were horrendous.  Worst sonics ever, we would have been better off in the nose bleed section if we wanted to actually hear the music.  I will not do that again.
 quintana wrote:
Back when U2 made great music! 9/10
 

Agreed. I've not heard anything from U2 as compelling as War. When it came out, I was listening to a college station in another town. Sunday Bloody Sunday came on and stopped me in my tracks and made me listen. WOW. That was powerful. Innit interesting how many debut albums end up being the best from a band. In my case, I think that applies to U2.
Image result for bono red rocks
If only U2 would get back to recording songs of this quality.
Still sounds good after all these years.
Somebody mentioned Bono as that 'Marching Dwarf' years ago.

Since then, that is all I can see when listening to U2. 

(apologies to anyone hight challenged)
This is why U2 became huge, a series of groundbreaking records that changed rock music in the 80's
Back when U2 made great music! 9/10

I'll bump my rating on this track from 6 → 7 simply for the great lyric:

"And so we're told this is the golden age

And gold is the reason for the wars we wage."

Bono speaking truth there!!  Hell.... 7 → 8 and LONG LIVE RP!!

Music made for stadia : https://www.ted.com/talks/david_byrne_how_architecture_helped_music_evolve
 cely wrote:
This was ubiquitous back when, and I've heard it too many times, and I had a hard time liking it back in the 80s because it was just so drama-filled.  Enough bombast already.  But...that piano, that guitar, the steady rhythm, the plaintive vocals.  When you hear it years later you realize that it's just excellent, and it makes sense these guys took the road less traveled to become the paradigmatic rock band for so many years.  Maybe even still.

 
Indeed. 
This was ubiquitous back when, and I've heard it too many times, and I had a hard time liking it back in the 80s because it was just so drama-filled.  Enough bombast already.  But...that piano, that guitar, the steady rhythm, the plaintive vocals.  When you hear it years later you realize that it's just excellent, and it makes sense these guys took the road less traveled to become the paradigmatic rock band for so many years.  Maybe even still.
Oh the times when Bono had a voice of a peasant.
New Year's Day on New Year's Day.
 Pike wrote:
A marmite band if ever there was one! I hate marmite.

 
Are you more of a Vegemite enthusiast?
When they NEEDED to be heard!
go to NY's day song {#Cheers}
YEAH! Still sizzles, still begs to be CRANKED! The distinctive ringing Rhodes piano, that outrageous guitar — and remember, this was decidedly not like anything else at the time! — the fabulous, driving, mad Celtic drumming, the lyrics; wow! and yes, that consummate vocal performer with passion and lungs to match; well, for me, it sounds as awesome as ever, especially coming after "Zombie!" The tour they did that year was astounding! They had to cut the show at Red Rocks short after just long enough to record the album Live at Red Rocks because Edge was nearly zapped by a lightning strike, but they gave all of us who held a ticket stub a very special indoors show the very next night at the CU Events Center and it went for over 3 hours — Bono climbed atop a huge speaker stack and sang his heart out for encore after encore! and it remains as perhaps the best rock show I've ever seen... I saw their 2001 tour here, too!
 randyblew wrote:
Just got tickets for the Philly show in June! I missed the Joshua Tree in 87. Love U2, always have, always will.

 

Only saw them once—2/21/82 @ First Ave. in Mpls. for $4

It was 35 years ago, but seems like it was in another lifetime.

Setlist—-

Gloria

Another Time, Another Place

I Threw a Brick Through a Window

A Day Without Me

An Cat Dubh

Into the Heart

Rejoice

The Cry

The Electric Co.

I Fall Down

October

I Will Follow

Twilight

Out of Control

Fire

11 O'Clock Tick Tock

The Ocean

Encore:
Southern Man
(Neil Young cover)

I Will Follow


Just got tickets for the Philly show in June! I missed the Joshua Tree in 87. Love U2, always have, always will.
...and Bono served tea to the early arrivals.
 


nutrod42 wrote:

Well, it did rain...

 


 oppositelock wrote:
I had a chance to see these guys at Red Rocks but I turned it down because I thought it would rain.  Oops.

 
Well, it did rain...


New year's Day was my introduction to this band. 
I had just done 4 years in the United States Coast Guard when 'WAR' was released in early 1983
and It felt great, like stuff can at 22. 
Enough. This song should only be played once a year. Sorry but it doesn t work for me after 10,000 plays. I don t mean on RP but before there was this exceptional station, commercial radio just killed it when U2 was so popular. 
 maboleth wrote:
You can hear his peasant voice in early U2 releases. Barely nailed it in Unforgettable fire, straight great in Joshua to Zooropa, then lost everything and now is so bad, less than mediocre.

But still, the same guy had such an ego to call himself a "good voice" straight in 1980. I should have known.
 
You don't have to like the song, the band, or the singer.
You don't have to be quiet if you don't like them.
You don't have to show manners or courtesy if you choose to say that you don't like something. However, there is a way to get your point across without insults and I think that you would have more influence if you chose that path.

"Peasant voice?" I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean: a back-handed compliment? An insult? In any case, in my view, you've done more harm to your own reputation than to his.

You have gotten one fact wrong: Bono did not choose that name for himself. He was given that name by members of a youth gang to which he belonged prior to the formation of the band, mid-70's. It was most likely a comment on his being rather loud as the name came from a Dublin seller of hearing aids which is in business to this day: Bonavox Hearing Specialists. In my experience teen-aged boys do not give each other flattering nicknames. The fact that he kept the mocking nickname is evidence of humility rather than ego in this case — they were calling him a hearing aid. Peace.
 
You can hear his peasant voice in early U2 releases. Barely nailed it in Unforgettable fire, straight great in Joshua to Zooropa, then lost everything and now is so bad, less than mediocre.

But still, the same guy had such an ego to call himself a "good voice" straight in 1980. I should have known.
I had a chance to see these guys at Red Rocks but I turned it down because I thought it would rain.  Oops.
Under A Shamrock Sky

Happy St. Paddy's

Let's get into a sports car and go driving 90 mph!
 wgsu_1978 wrote:
If only they could have stayed this way ...

 
yup....{#Yes}
On New Year's Day? Now that's timing.
 DeemerDave wrote:

...and here come the U2 haters!

How predictable.



 
Have you tried Marmite?
Brilliant from the first time I heard it.  Will always be.
Under a blood-red sky...
 DeemerDave wrote:

...and here come the U2 haters!

How predictable.



 
Nah, I just hate incompetent cyclists.
Still like it 30+ years later.
 DeemerDave wrote:

...and here come the U2 haters!

How predictable.

 
There's a reason for that.
Only Florence can shout a song louder.
 Pike wrote:
A marmite band if ever there was one! I hate marmite.

 
...and here come the U2 haters!

How predictable.


 Funkybro wrote:


 
< Sorry ... Lost your post, but it carried the theme that this song was stronger than anything on Billboard's '83 list.>

Compare this to Flashdance and the rest of the Billboard drek, and yeah, it's not so awful.
But there were a lot of other releases to enjoy that year, such as Subterranean Jungle and Baby Snakes and Legendary Hearts and Local Hero, so that you could safely cross the River of '83 without ever wetting your feet with this anthem.
 bluejay08003 wrote:

It certainly was very overplayed in its day on FM radio.  Today the site shows 3 plays in 30 days, which is heavy rotation for RP, but not every-hour saturation.  

To me, this song still sounds fresh and survived overplaying.  Still has energy and urgency.  I can understand why some find it over-the-top, but it stood out compared to the hits of 1983, and still holds up today.  
Agree with you Bluejay - that Billboard list of crap from '83 is disgusting.  I'd just graduated from high school - what an embarrassing list of regrind but BB doesn't reflect the energy from bands that dominated that decade.   


 


A marmite band if ever there was one! I hate marmite.
Bill's gone early with our daily dose of U2! At least our ears are safe for the rest of the day.
 AndyJ wrote:
Overplayed, everywhere.

Too soon. I need another five-ten years before I can enjoy again.

PSD me.
 
It certainly was very overplayed in its day on FM radio.  Today the site shows 3 plays in 30 days, which is heavy rotation for RP, but not every-hour saturation.  

To me, this song still sounds fresh and survived overplaying.  Still has energy and urgency.  I can understand why some find it over-the-top, but it stood out compared to the hits of 1983, and still holds up today.  
TURN IT UP! ! Always loved the way the bright, ringing electric piano cuts in to dance with Clayton's wicked sinister bass, and the way Edge excites his guitar into those trademark vibrational spasms that mirror and echo the frenetics of matter at its jumping, pulsing core, and how can one possibly top Mullens' fantastic drumming that's like a storm coming down from the mountains, like mighty gusts from the four winds? and probably there's no one who can pour an entire soul's worth of infinite passion into the lyrics and vocals like Bono!
If only they could have stayed this way ...
 Fabienne wrote:
I just don't like Bono... I can't stand his voice since I heard him for the very first time. I have no idea why people are so much into his voice and music. Maybe I'm too young? {#Ask} Well, 32 shouldn't be too young?! {#No}

 
different stokes and folks Fab. lol  worry about something else, Bono will survive without your adulation! lol 
I just don't like Bono... I can't stand his voice since I heard him for the very first time. I have no idea why people are so much into his voice and music. Maybe I'm too young? {#Ask} Well, 32 shouldn't be too young?! {#No}
Great stuff

full of emotion and content 
Arghh!! PSD!!! PSD!!!
 Will62 wrote:
For the life of me I cannot understand the fascination with this lot. Talented - yes but so is my 15 year old cellist son. Exceptional? Far from it. Bono (self-serving git) shrieks, whines and screeches his way through mundane melodies. And i will put my foot through the sitting room wall if I hear one more time "the edge is the greatest". Before anybody starts - Mr Hewson gave himself the sobriquet "Bono" from the Latin Bona Vox - good voice. No better than the neighbours warbling in the shower.

 
Send me your CD when you make it.....I would like to hear your talents Will.

I'm not a very good guitar player but I do know one when I hear it....and yes, The Edge is VERY good.

Bono's voice is fantastic and full of Irish emotion. I am a very good singer....Bono is a GREAT singer IMO!


Bono is a bastard
They got too much airplay
Wish he'd shut up
Average rating 8....

 I think the vocal minority should accept greatness with grace.

 
We used to like it, but we grew up
 panlad wrote:
Say it's true! It's true!!!!  We can break through  though torn in two, we can be one!

Really effective guitar playing here.  First U2 song I ever heard. 
Still hits me hard.

 
Same here.  {#Cheers}
How can this song be anything other than a 10?
 AndyJ wrote:
Overplayed, everywhere.

Too soon. I need another five-ten years before I can enjoy again.

PSD me.

 
Yes, I agree. FM annihilated the listenability of this otherwise good track for quite a while. Still, here on R.P., where any song is no longer encumbered by the dead weight 10 ton anchor of commercials and moronic robot "on air talent" the song frees itself and becomes what it was meant to be: a solid, thoughtful rocker. 
 
Overplayed, everywhere.

Too soon. I need another five-ten years before I can enjoy again.

PSD me.


No Comment....too great
 
A once mighty young band.
Say it's true! It's true!!!!  We can break through  though torn in two, we can be one!

Really effective guitar playing here.  First U2 song I ever heard. 
Still hits me hard.
As I was the first one awake in the house this morning, this song went through my head!  Of course.  Happy 2015 everyone!
Happy New Year!
 coloradojohn wrote:
I consider myself truly blessed to have seen and felt (a show by U2 is a visceral experience!) them doing this in that truly magical year!

 

I saw them too in 1983! What a fanatastic experoemmce with 10 row seats in a 4000 people auditorium.
All grown up.

Boy Peter Rowen War
Eternally vital music, and nice to hear, considering that it's the eve of the vote for Scottish Independence. Dare to break the old chains!
Takes me back to the early 80s MTV... not necessarily a good thing. I've just heard it too many times. I remember being awed by the newness of the sound, at the time.
 ScottN wrote:
. . . For the U2/Bono bashers.  The point has been made often enough.  PSD is there for you, so stfu.
 
Amen.
For me, their first decent song.  Their sound is by now becoming defined.
For the U2/Bono bashers: The point has been made often enough.  PSD is there for you, so stfu.
For the life of me I cannot understand the fascination with this lot. Talented - yes but so is my 15 year old cellist son. Exceptional? Far from it. Bono (self-serving git) shrieks, whines and screeches his way through mundane melodies. And i will put my foot through the sitting room wall if I hear one more time "the edge is the greatest". Before anybody starts - Mr Hewson gave himself the sobriquet "Bono" from the Latin Bona Vox - good voice. No better than the neighbours warbling in the shower.
My first vinyl single. Wild. I didn't understand the lyrics at the time.
I still don't understand one thing today: why is England allowed to have a colony while the whole western world agrees that you can't occupy another country and hold it prisoner? Just England and Israel seem to be allowed to do that nowadays. Very strange...
¡Rolota!
This is freshman year of college Christmas holiday but ... My then boyfriend after the holiday broke up with me ... And the song played on ... Agh !!!!
..... as it finished yet
 gjr wrote:
i LOVE this song and it has aged extremely well....unlike "sunday bloody sunday" (which makes my ears shriek every time i hear it)



still a 10 after all these years..... 

 
Agreed. There is a passion, honesty, and urgency to this effort that I rarely heard again from them...
 1wolfy wrote:
 Keep eating the 'Monsanto laced' products and you'll sing a different tune.  Your guts will get thrashed.  Messing with organics is diabolical.  daigoro wrote:

I'm pretty sure the people in Africa who are starving couldn't care less if they food they get is GMO free. Banning DDT was one of the worst things we ever did for starving people in the 3rd world. But hey, it makes a few elitist activists feel better about themselves here in the well-fed west.

 



 

Well someone has bought what Monsanto is selling.{#Rolleyes} If they want to save the starving in Africa with this crap, I am all for it, but don't completely take over the world's food supply forcing everyone to eat it.
I would like this song more if RP didn't play SO MUCH U2!!!  Please - you have such a huge range to choose from - why multiple U2 songs EVERY day??


Sorry, everyone.  Bono's voice is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me. 
i like this, i do
 Keep eating the 'Monsanto laced' products and you'll sing a different tune.  Your guts will get thrashed.  Messing with organics is diabolical.  daigoro wrote:

I'm pretty sure the people in Africa who are starving couldn't care less if they food they get is GMO free. Banning DDT was one of the worst things we ever did for starving people in the 3rd world. But hey, it makes a few elitist activists feel better about themselves here in the well-fed west.

 


I love U2, but I've heard this song way too many times.  I much prefer Drowning Man or Love Comes Tumbling, but I'm not the man behind the turn table...and I admire the depth of his musical knowledge.  Bill - {#Crown}
I consider myself truly blessed to have seen and felt (a show by U2 is a visceral experience!) them doing this in that truly magical year!
 daigoro wrote:
I'm pretty sure the people in Africa who are starving couldn't care less if they food they get is GMO free. Banning DDT was one of the worst things we ever did for starving people in the 3rd world. But hey, it makes a few elitist activists feel better about themselves here in the well-fed west.
 
There's that word again. I do not think that word means what you think it means. 
 oldfart48 wrote:
Yeah, it's only rock & roll but i'm tired of it......(now I think about it this band works that way) {#Yawn}

 

It's a beautiful day!
HNY to all RP-ers!
Good "speeding down the road at 90 mph" song!
 ziggytrix wrote:
 cBalthazar wrote:

Me too. But not only that U2 suck later, Bono sold his soul to the corporate devil and is now promoting salvation of hungry Africa by bringing in GMOs and corporate food monsters like Monsanto and others {#Ass}
 

I've no love for Monsanto, but if someone can engineer a crop that can grow where nonGMOs cannot, and there are no viable crop alternatives for people who live in these regions, well, I just think we need to keep an objective, open mind about GMOs and not paint them all with the same fear-soaked brush.

If you're reading this and you think GMOs are all good or all bad, but you aren't sure why, please read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_food_controversies 

 
I'm pretty sure the people in Africa who are starving couldn't care less if they food they get is GMO free. Banning DDT was one of the worst things we ever did for starving people in the 3rd world. But hey, it makes a few elitist activists feel better about themselves here in the well-fed west.
Absolute rocker...then and now! Edge for the win!
{#Sunny} 
Not a big U2 fan, but this song is great. One of their best for sure.
I don't think there is a single U2 song that I like. but Hey, there is always PSD
some things are better in moderation ... psd!
 Scientist79 wrote:
Can't stand this band, all their Music is the same....psd

U2 music - 35 years of constantly evolving music - so much so that many on this site feel they changed too much and are no longer as good. So to say that all their music is the same is clearly a ridiculous statement. 
Brilliant... as it always was!
yeah, it's only rock &roll but i'm tired of it......( now I think about it this band works that way){#Yawn}
i LOVE this song and it has aged extremely well....unlike "sunday bloody sunday" (which makes my ears shriek every time i hear it)



still a 10 after all these years..... 
god it is third time today I have to turn off RP because of U2
bono is boring 
Oh, the more I hear this song, the lower my rating goes. Interesting U2-effect
Can't stand this band, all their Music is the same....psd
PSD
 Balthazar wrote:

Me too. But not only that U2 suck later, Bono sold his soul to the corporate devil and is now promoting salvation of hungry Africa by bringing in GMOs and corporate food monsters like Monsanto and others {#Ass}

 
Wow. I'll admit straight up that I don't know all about Bono's debt relief doings but your post seems badly confused by conspiracy thinking. Pretty sure "corporate food monsters" don't need or want Bono's help in going where they want to. And Bono hardly needs to sell his soul. 
R*cking brilliant.
Oh great, from a whining Jamaican to a whining Irishman.
Well, at least, like someone previously said -- this is when they were "good" ... or as good as they ever were.
Back when U2 were brilliant!

{#Sunny} 
You NEVER hear this album version on the radio, that includes the last verse about the golden age. Even their compilation had the radio version.
 
 
Yay Bill.
so darn sick of this stuff.  Is it possible to grow past this? PLEASE!
 westslope wrote:

Agreed Romeo.  It is Romeo, isn't it?
 

Yes, it is...  hope you are having a marvelous evening right this minute...

everybody in my church loves this song...
 
On_The_Beach wrote:

Bono might disagree.  {#Wink}
 

{#High-five}
Probably overplayed for most people but its not in my regular rotation anymore so its still welcome whenever it comes on...

 

I only gave this song a 1 because I coudn't give it a 0.


 Proclivities wrote:
I think it's a great tune, but I do not consider it on the level of Michaelangelo's work.
 
Bono might disagree.  {#Wink}
Thank you!!  I usually ALWAYS listen to this song every New Year's Day and haven't gotten around to it yet this year...... 
Back when U2 were awesome. {#Clap}

</child of the '80s>
Lot of hate here for U2 in general and Bono in particular. Beyond the social/political commentary that surrounds their personal and professional lives, they did make an incredible amount of phenomenal music, this song which is a fine representation of their Godlike qualities. They were so good through the Joshua Tree and then slowly became the commercial monster that befits their greatness.

If you were handed more money than you could ever spend, you wouldn't do the same thing, follow the same path?
Good set of social-consciousness songs, Bill. But the FM robojock corporate playlist shills SO overplayed this U2 tune that it's almost dead for me. Should we the listeners start a wishlist of the gazillion UN- or UNDERplayed songs of the last 40 years of the same genre? It's a long list, U2 could be safely kept off it and there would still be a vast array of high-energy tracks.