"11 O'Clock Tick Tock 40th Anniversary Edition" - U2


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Background Information

U2 are releasing a new version of “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” for the 2020 Record Store Day. The vinyl was initially announced on March 5 at 6pm GMT. At that time, this 12-inch blue vinyl was planned for release for Record Store Day on April 18, 2020, but due to concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, it has been delayed. It was announced on March 13 that Record Store Day would be postponed until June 20, 2020 this year. On April 29, a further announcement was made that there would be a further delay, and that Record Store Day will be broken into three days to reduce crowd sizes, and will now happen on August 29, September 26, and October 24. The U2 single will also be postponed and will not be released until one of these new dates. The list of what records will be released on each day will be confirmed on June 1, but Universal Records in Italy appears to be listing August 29 as the date for this release at this time.

The description of this single is as follows: “40th anniversary reissue of U2’s first single, recorded with Martin Hannett in Dublin’s Windmill Lane Studios in 1980.” The original single, was released on May 16, 1980, so this new version will be released just after the 40th anniversary of the single.

The single is being released with new artwork based on the original. The U2 release will be on 180gsm transparent blue vinyl, and will feature a full colour gatefold outer sleeve. The inner gatefold includes a photo gallery. It is one of three special releases that will be released in conjunction with the official charity partner of Record Store Day 2020 in the UK, War Child. £1.00 from each record sold will be contributed to War Child in that country. The other two releases contributing to War Child are by David Bowie and Manic Street Preachers.

The single will featured remastered versions of “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” and “Touch”, it is the full length version of “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” that is included and not the shorter edit released on the original single. Also included will be two unreleased live recordings, “Touch” and “Twilight” taken from a September 1980 show at the Marquee in London. Previously tracks from one of the September 1980 shows were released as a fan club gift, Another Time, Another Place. That release did not include these two tracks.

The new artwork is a picture sleeve and resembles the original sleeve, but instead of a flat blue colour background the background will be concentric blue and black circles, and the hand of the clock and the tick marks will be in blue. The front of the sleeve shows the War Child logo and is stickered with information about the release. In white near the top is “U2 11 O’Clock Tick Tock.” The new artwork is designed by Shaughn McGrath of Amp Visual based on the original artwork which had been designed by Bruno-Christian Tilley at Island Records. The record is being pressed in Germany.

The U2 release was a late addition to the Record Store day list, but has been added in time to make it to the final order lists for the event. Stores will not be aware of this release until after the announcement on March 5.

This release follows on the heels of the 40th anniversary pressing of “Three” last fall.

This follows U2’s previous participation in Record Store Day events releasing the past albums and singles in the past:

  • November 26, 2010: Release of the EP “Wide Awake in Europe” [5000 copies, numbered]
  • November 29, 2013: Release of the 10-inch single “Ordinary Love” [10000 copies]
  • November 28, 2014: Release of a North and South of the River Poster / Map
  • April 18, 2015: Release of Songs of Innocence on double 12-inch vinyl [5000 copies, numbered]
  • April 22, 2017: Release of “Red Hill Mining Town” as a 12-inch picture disc, also a limited release of a numbered ‘fanzine’ [7000 copies of vinyl, 1000 copies of US fanzine, 500 copies of UK fanzine]
  • November 24, 2017: Release of “The Blackout” in 12-inch black and 12-inch coloured vinyl [750 copies limited coloured vinyl, 19250 copies of black vinyl]
  • April 21, 2018: Release of “Lights of Home” as a 12-inch picture disc [5000 copies]
  • November 23, 2018: Release of “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me” as a 12-inch black vinyl [7000 copies]
  • April 13, 2019: Release of “The Europa EP” as a 12-inch black vinyl [5000 copies]
  • November , 2019: Release of the 40th Anniversary Edition of “Three” in 12-Inch Black Vinyl [17,000 copies]

This is a worldwide release, and should be available in any country that participates in Record Store Day. We will update the article with information about pressing quantities and other information as more information becomes available.

Liner Notes

Bono: Vocals. The Edge: Guitar. Larry: Drums. Adam: Bass.
Music by U2. Lyrics by Bono
Side A: Produced by Martin Hannett, engineered by Paul Thomas and Martin Hannett. Recorded in Windmill Lane Recording Studios. Remastered by Scott Sedillo, Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Side B: Recorded live at the Marquee – 22nd September 1980. Engineered by Tim Painter. Mixed by Richard Rainey. Mastered by Scott Sedillo, Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Creative Director: Gavin Friday.
Director of Production: Nadine King.


Art direction and Design: Shaughn McGrath
Photography: Shiela Rock, Colm Henry, Paul Slattery, Hugo McGuinness, Pennie Smith, Tom Sheehan, James Mahon, Nadine King, Virgina Turbett.

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