"Ordinary Love" - U2
“Ordinary Love” was announced to be a song that was appearing in the movie “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”. U2 wrote and recorded the new song at the request of producer Harvey Weinstein. The song was announced on October 17, 2013, and a short snippet of the song could be heard in the trailer for the movie released that same day. The trailer was made available for subscribers of u2.com shortly before it debuted on Yahoo Movies. The song was the first song released from U2’s collaborations with producer Brian Burton aka Danger Mouse, who had been working with U2 on their next album since 2010. Backing vocals on the song are by Angel Deradoorian, most well known for her work with Dirty Projectors.
On October 29, 2013, it was announced that “Ordinary Love” would be released as a 10-Inch vinyl single as part of the Record Store Day “Back to Black Friday” event. U2 had previously participated in the 2010 Black Friday event with the release of “Wide Awake in Europe”. That release was limited to 5000 copies and was a North American exclusive. “Ordinary Day” however is limited to 10000 copies, with 6500 being made available in North America during the event, and the other 3500 being sold outside of North America. The release date in North America was November 29, 2013, the day known as Black Friday in the USA. In Europe, the release was a few days later on December 2, 2013. Included with the vinyl with purchase was a download card, which allowed users to download both tracks that appeared on the vinyl, an offer which was valid until November 29, 2014.
The 10-Inch single is backed with “Breathe (Mandela Version)” which is a previously unreleased version of the song from 2009’s “No Line on the Horizon” album. The song was re-recorded in New York’s “Electric Lady Studios”. The cover of the 10-Inch is a portrait of Nelson Mandela painted by Irish artist and illustrator Oliver Jeffers and photographed by Mac Premo. Oliver Jeffers also directed a lyric video for the title track, “Ordinary Love”. The video premiered on u2.com, facebook and Vevo on November 21, 2013.
The song was also available on the soundtrack to the movie, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”, and the song is advertised on posters for the movie. It was nominated for “Best Original Song” at both the 2014 Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. The song won “Best Original Song” during the Golden Globe Awards, where Bono revealed that Chris Martin from Coldplay had helped U2 with the song in studio during his thank you speech.
“Ordinary Love” was performed live at the Academy Awards in 2015, but did not win the award. It was also performed on the debut of “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”. The song was also performed during The Innocence and Experience tour 11 times, or roughly 14% of the concerts on that tour.
Music by U2 & Brian Burton. Lyrics by Bono. Produced by Danger Mouse. Additional production by Declan Gaffney. Mixed by Tom Elmhirst and Danger Mouse. Assisted by Ben Baptie. Recorded by Declan Gaffney. Assisted by “Classy” Joe Visciano. Additional recording by Grant Ransom, Ben Baptie and Barry Gorey. Wurlitzer and Synth by Barry Gorey. Additional Synths and Piano by Declan Gaffney and Brian Burton. Backing vocals by The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. Additional backing vocals by Angel Deradoorian. Mixed at Electric Lady Studios, New York
Breathe (Mandela Version)
Music by U2. Lyrics by Bono. Backing vocals by The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr and Adam Clayton. Produced by Declan Gaffney. Assitant engineer: “Classy” Joe Visciano. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios, New York.
Mastered by Scott Sedillo and Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering. Audio Post Production by Cheryl Engels at Partial Productions.
Design by Shaugh McGrath at AMP Visual. Art by Oliver Jeffers. Photography by Mac Premo.
Related Promotional Videos
- Ordinary Love (Lyric Video by Oliver Jeffers, Mac Premo) (03:38)
- Ordinary Love (Paul Epworth Mix by Oliver Jeffers, Mac Premo) (03:53)
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