We just did them to show how extreme we could go and then everyone came back to levels that they were happy with. But if we hadn't gone to these extremes it may not have been the cover it is now. An initial photo shoot with the band's long-time photographer Anton Corbijn was done near U2's Berlin hotel in late They recommissioned Corbijn for an additional two-week photo shoot in Tenerife in February for which they dressed up and mingled with the crowds of the annual Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerifepresenting a more playful side of themselves.
Several photographs were considered as candidates for a single cover image, including shots of: a cow on an Irish farm in County Kildare ; the nude Clayton; and the band driving a Trabantan East German automobile they became fond of as a symbol for a changing Europe. These vehicles were later incorporated into the Zoo TV Tour set design as part of the lighting system. On the US compact disc and cassette sleeves, Clayton's genitals are censored with a black "X" or a four-leaf clover while vinyl editions feature the photo uncensored.
The babyface image was later adopted as a logo for Zoo TV Tour memorabilia and was incorporated into the Zooropa album cover. We call it Album) Babygrinning up our sleeves in all the photography. But it's probably the heaviest record we've ever made It tells you a lot about packaging, because the press would have killed us if we'd called it anything else.
U2 considered several other titles for the album, including Man in contrast to the group's debut, Boy 69Zoo Stationand Adamthe latter of which would have been paired with the nude photo of Clayton.
As early as Decemberthe music press reported that U2 would be recording a dance-oriented album and that it would be released in mid Island Records objected to the release, believing consumers would confuse the EP for a new U2 record. Island successfully sued for copyright infringement but were Album) in the music press, as were U2, although they were not involved in the litigation. Island Records and U2 refused to make advance copies of the album available to the press until just a few days before the release date, preferring that fans listen to the record before reading reviews.
The decision came amid rumours of tensions within the band, and journalist David Browne compared it to the Hollywood practice of withholding pre-release copies of films from reviewers whenever they receive poor word-of-mouth press. Achtung Baby was U2's first album in three years and their first comprising entirely new material in over four years.
In addition to television and radio advertisements being produced, posters featuring the sleeve's 16 images were distributed to record stores and through alternative newspapers in major cities.
Compared to the large hype of other year-end releases, the marketing for Achtung Baby was relatively understated, as Island general manager Andy Allen explained: "U2 will not come out with that kind of fanfare in terms of outside media.
We feel the fan base itself creates that kind of excitement. Achtung Baby received acclaim from critics. The songs focus on personal relationships, not on saving the world. He said the album is a difficult one for listeners because of the dark, introspective nature of the songs, which contrasts with the group's uplifting songs of the past.
He commended the band's musical transformation, saying, "U2 proves much more adept at the dance-trance thing than the Happy Roses or Stone Carpets or other indistinguishable haircut bands". The review concluded, "Stripped-down and defying its old formulas, U2 has given itself a fighting chance for the s. And best. He praised the group for improving their songwriting and incorporating "black humour" into darker lyrical themes.
He called the album "quite an achievement" in following up a successful record, responding to emerging musical influences, and expanding the band's sound while still pleasing existing fans.
He praised Lanois' production and said that due to the Edge's guitar playing, "U2 sounds punkier than it has since its debut, Boy ". Kot concluded his review by calling the album "a magnificent search for transcendence made all the more moving for its flaws".
He wrote, "Ostensibly decadent, sensual and dark, it is a record of, and for, these times. However, it said that too many "downbeat moments where songs seem to be going nowhere" prevented it from being a "truly wondrous affair".
The success of Achtung Baby and the Zoo TV Tour re-established U2 as one of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical acts in the world. Achtung Baby performed well commercially; in the US, it debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Albums on 7 December having soldcopies in its first week. Like Achtung Babythe tour was intended to deviate from the band's past. In contrast to the austere stage setups of previous U2 tours, Zoo TV was an elaborately staged multimedia event. The shows incorporated channel surfingprank callsvideo confessionalsa belly dancerand live satellite transmissions with war-torn Sarajevo.
Whereas the group were known for their earnest live act in the s, their Zoo TV performances were intentionally ironic and self-deprecating;  on stage, Bono portrayed several characters he conceived, including "The Fly", "Mirror Ball Man", and "MacPhisto".
The majority of the album's songs were played at each show, and the set lists began with up to eight consecutive Achtung Baby songs as a further sign that they were no longer the U2 of the s. The tour began Album) February and comprised shows over almost two years. It was inspired by Zoo TV and expanded on its themes of technology and media oversaturation.
For the band, Achtung Baby was a watershed that secured their creative future,  and its success led to the group's continued musical experimentation during the s. Zooropareleased inwas a further departure for the band, incorporating additional dance music influences and electronic effects into their sound. Achtung Baby is highly regarded among the members of U2. Mullen said: "I thought it was a great record.
I was very proud of it. Its success was by no means preordained. It was a real break from what we had done before and we didn't know if our fans would like it or not. If it hadn't been a great record by our standards, the existence of the band would have been threatened. Bill Flanagan pointed out that many of U2's s contemporaries struggled commercially with albums released after the turn of the decade.
He argued that U2, however, were able to take advantage of the alternative rock movement and ensure a successful future by "set[ting] themselves up as the first of the new groups rather than the last of the old".
He concluded that few artists at that stage in their career Album) have "recorded an album as adventurous or fulfilled their ambitions quite as successfully as U2 [did]". Even as the 21st century has seen U2 return to stadium-friendly rock postures, there are elements in the group's music Bono's falsetto, the casual flirtation with danceable grooves, the quartet's continued ability to take itself less than seriously when necessary that are still derived from those heady days in a Berlin studio.
The biggest band in the world wouldn't hold that title today if it hadn't taken one hell of a chance at the exact right time with a record that proved more than strong enough to warrant that gamble.
Achtung Baby has been acclaimed by writers and music critics as one of the greatest albums of all time; according to Acclaimed Musicit is the 82nd-highest-ranked record on critics' lists. Struggling to simultaneously embrace and blow up the world, they were never more inspirational. The 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby was marked by several releases in At the band's request, a documentary film about the album entitled From the Sky Down was produced.
For the documentary, the band were filmed during a return There Is No Truth - Scott & Steel - Scott & Steel (Cassette to Hansa Studios and during rehearsals for the Glastonbury Festival On 31 OctoberAchtung Baby was reissued in five formats. In addition to a single-disc release of the album, a deluxe edition included a bonus disc of remixes and B-sides from the album's five singles, and a vinyl edition included the album on two LPs with two additional LPs of remixes.
Continuing a campaign by U2 to reissue all of their records on vinyl, Achtung Baby was re-released on two gram vinyl records on 27 July U2 . Additional performers .
Technical . From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The introduction to " Zoo Station " was meant to make listeners think "This record is broken" or "This can't be the new U2 record". The lyrics describe a bitter conversation between two people.
Main article: Zoo TV Tour. There were reports of people having to stand on desks because the floor became so hot. Fire experts say people rarely throw themselves out of burning high-rises until they have exhausted every other option. The only research that comes close to being an official account is buried deep in an appendix of the huge report into why the towers collapsed, conducted by the National Institute for Standards and Technology. They would have fallen for around 10 seconds.
As part of its research into where the fire was at its most intense, NIST analysed camera footage and still photographs, and counted jumpers, often recording the floor and exact window from which they left. All but three leapt from the first building to be hit — the North Tower.
The second plane struck the South Tower 16 minutes later but it collapsed first, giving occupants less time to react. Sometimes the fallers were separated by an interval of just a second. At one point nine people fell in six seconds from five adjacent windows; at another, 13 people fell in two minutes.
Twenty minutes after the building was struck, two people fell simultaneously from the same window on the 95th floor. At least four jumpers tried to climb to other windows for safety then lost their grip. The last jumper fell just as the North Tower collapsed minutes after the building had been hit.
Photographer Richard Drew says he has a picture of this person clinging to some debris while falling. What drove some to jump and others to remain? Those who were in the South Tower, just ft away, at the time — and managed to escape — had the clearest view and may provide the best insight.
Charred remains: A huge investigation was launched following the terror tragedy - but no one has ever investigated at Ground Zero who may have jumped. He recalled that it took three or four jumpers to flash past him before he realised they were people.
Then a woman fell, lying flat on her back and staring upwards. After she hit the ground, there was nothing left. For those down below, the bodies landed with sickening, almost explosive thuds.
Many said it was raining bodies. Compounding the tragedy, the priest who gave him the last rites was later killed by falling debris. When she learnt how Danny died, his childhood sweetheart Nancy thought: how horrendous for that poor person who had to choose to jump; at least Danny did not have to make that choice. It was a decision that saved their lives — they would otherwise have been in the tower when it collapsed. Firefighter Maureen McArdle-Schulman says she felt like she was intruding on a sacrament as the bodies fell.
So me and another guy turned away and looked at a wall and we could still hear them hit. Images of the falling bodies disturbed and appalled all who saw them.
It is thought that jumpers would have fallen for around 10 seconds. Smart fitness gear is often limited by being static and non-portable. And, well, eye-wateringly expensive. Animal Alternative is one of. The release of iOS 15 should be a major event for mobile operating systems.
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