"Nose Job" (1993)

Demo Song

Background Information

In Bill Flanagan’s book, U2 At the End of the World, he spends time with U2 in the studio while they are recording the Zooropa album and at one point he gives a list of songs that are being worked on for the album. Many are familiar as songs that make it onto the album, but some are not, or would only show up later in life. “Nose Job” is one of these songs. Each song listed is under one of three categories, and “Nose Job” falls under “Vibes” as opposed to “Songs” or “Soundtracks”.

In BP Fallon’s book Faraway So Close, Fallon tells stories of visiting the control room while U2 is working on Zooropa. He says the band had a number of songs they were working on:

Titles float around like confetti, like ‘Last Night on Earth’ and the crazed instrumental ‘Nosejob’. Another song is called ‘Untidy Life’ and ‘Daddy’s Gonna Pay For Your Car Crash’ has lyrics that go “dressed up like a car crash, leather and chrome…” and then there’s the poignant beauty of “If God Will Send His Angels’.

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