Since the New Year starts this week, why shouldn’t the video be U2’s “New Year’s Day”:
“New Year’s Day” was the first single off of U2’s 1983 album War. Here are some facts about the song from Songfacts:
– The lyrics refer to the movement for solidarity lead by Lech Walesa in Poland. After this was recorded, Poland announced they would abolish martial law, coincidentally, on New Year’s Day, 1983.
– This was U2’s first UK Top 10 and their first single to chart in America.
– This almost didn’t make the album because Bono was having fits writing the lyrics.
– The Edge played piano on this as well as guitar.
– This was the first U2 video to get heavy airplay on MTV.
– The themes of understanding in a time of global unrest were a focal point for the album War, whose title was inspired by the various worldwide conflicts of 1982.
– The line “Under a blood red sky” was used as the title for a video and live album U2 released in 1983. The video was recorded at Red Rocks, Colorado, June 5, 1982. The album contains performances from that show as well as 2 others.
– Bono considers this a love song. While it is about war, it deals with “The struggle for love.”
– Bono wrote this shortly after he married his childhood sweetheart, Ali.
– The video shows the band riding horses in the snow. The Edge used a stunt-double because he was having trouble with his horse.