"Until the End of the World" - Various Artists
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- "Until the End of the World" (Soundtrack Version) - U2 (04:33)
Full Track Listing:
- Opening Titles – Graeme Revell (1:58)
- Sax and Violins – Talking Heads (5:18)
- Summer Kisses, Winter Rain – Julee Cruise (2:37)
- Move With Me (Dub) – Nenah Cherry (2:58)
- The Adversary – Crime & the City Collection (5:32)
- What’s Good – Lou Reed (5:07)
- Last Night Sleep – Can (3:34)
- Fretless – R.E.M. (4:49)
- Days – Elvis Costello (4:49)
- Claire’s Theme – Graeme Revell (0:52)
- (I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (4:38)
- It Takes Time – Patti Smith and Fred Smith (5:00)
- Death’s Door – Depeche Mode (3:53)
- Love Theme – Graeme Revell (0:45)
- Calling all Angels – Jane Siberry & k.d. Lang (5:11)
- Humans from Earth – T-Bone Burnett (3:08)
- Sleeping in the Devil’s Bed – Daniel Lanois (3:49)
- Until the End of the World (Soundtrack Version) – U2 (4:33)
- Finale – Graeme Revell (0:58)
The 1991 film “Until the End of the World” was directed by German film director Wim Wenders. The film takes place in the future as a nuclear satellite is about to crash into earth and follows one woman’s path to flee the site of impact. Wenders approached various musicians and asked that they contribute songs to the soundtrack, asking them to contribute music they thought they would be making in 1999, the year that the film was set.
U2 had met Wenders while working on the “Red, Hot and Blue” project, and it was Wenders who filmed their video for the song “Night and Day”. It was the start of many collaborations between U2 and director Wenders, and they have contributed songs to soundtracks for Wenders over the years including alternate versions of “Stay” and “The Wanderer” for “Faraway So Close”, and tracks for the films “Par-dela les Nuages”, “The End of Violence”, and “Don’t Come Knocking”. Bono would also turn to Wenders to direct the screenplay he had written, “The Million Dollar Hotel”.
The soundtrack to “Until the End of the World” features the song of the same name, which had just been released a few months prior on “Achtung Baby”. The version of “Until the End of the World” contributed to the soundtrack is unique. It is a rougher performance of the song, and one can hear a count-in at the beginning of the performance. A different version yet is used in the actual film.
The soundtrack was released in Germany under it’s German name, “Bis Ans Ende Der Welt”.
Until the End of the World: Written by U2. Performed by: U2. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno. Engineer: Flood.