"Blown Away" - Various Artists
U2 Related Content:
- "With or Without You" (Studio Version) - U2 (04:55)
Full Track Listing:
- In the Morning – Big Head Todd and the Monsters
- Return to Me – October Project
- With or Without You – U2
- All Night Long – Aretha Franklin
- Tuesday Morning – The Pogues
- Here’s Where the Story Ends – The Sundays
- Darling Today – The Jayhawks
- You’ll Lose a Good Thing – Aretha Franklin
- Take Me Home – Joe Cocker and Bekka Bramlett
- Main Title – Prince’s Day – Alan Silvestri
The 1994 movie, “Blown Away” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Jeff Bridges, was a film dealing with a plot line about an Irish terrorist seeking out his former partner in Boston for revenge. During the course of the movie you hear U2’s “With or Without You” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and the characters actually discuss U2 at one point. Jones is at a flea market and a young lady tries to sell him a cassette of “The Joshua Tree”. The young lady asks “Can I interest you in this U2 tape?”, and Jones replies, “You who?” and the lady replies with “U2. You know, the Irish band? Come on. Everybody knows U2.” to which Jones replies “Well, you’ll have to excuse my ignorance. I’ve been out of the mainstream a bit. But I’ll give it a listen, see what the lads are doing these days.” as he takes the tape. Later in the movie as “With or Without You” plays, we actually hear Tommy Lee Jones sing along with “With or Without You” singing the And you give, and you give, and you give yourself away” portion of the song. And once again sings along to “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” while drinking in a later scene.
The soundtrack album was released in advance of the movie, and contained the album version of “With or Without You” as taken from “The Joshua Tree” album. It is the only U2 song on the album, even though “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” is also spotlighted in the film.
The movie itself has garnered bad reviews over the years with most referring to the bad accents used by the actors throughout the movie along with a slow moving plot, and less than spectacular acting.
With or Without You:
Performed by U2. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno.