Happy Anniversary Pop!
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2021-03-03)
Did you know?
- Pop was originally planned for an October 14, 1996 release.
- The album was started in mid-1995 with producer Nellee Hooper.
- The final mixes were still being tweaked right up until the day The Edge got on a plane to deliver the final copy of the album.
- Two 30 second clips from an electronic press kit leaked on October 26, 1996. This was U2’s first widely publicized internet leak. (“Wake Up Dead Man” and “Discotheque”)
- When the full version of “Discotheque” leaked on December 27, U2 allowed radio stations to start playing the song early to counter the leak.
- Not only leaks on the Internet were an issue, a record chain in Canada put the whole album on sale five days early.
- Designer Steve Averill claims that the “Playboy bunny” you see in Larry’s eye when you turn the cover sideways was not planned.
- Pop had six singles issues as well as an EP titled “PopHeart”
- We have 13 different videos listed for the Pop album in our archive.
Today marks the anniversary of the release of the Pop album. It was released in 1997, twenty-four years ago. To celebrate, U2 X-Radio is airing a special rerun of a conversation between Woody Harrelson and The Edge tonight at 7pm ET. Harrelson is a big fan of the album and shares that love with The Edge.
To celebrate here we wanted to highlight a few of the items we have looking at Pop around the site:
- Discography entry for Pop including singles, lyrics, background information and more.
- Woody Harrelson Talks Pop: Our look at Woody and The Edge’s conversation about the album
- Pop Reissued: Remastered, Collected, and Dreams
- You Can’t Bag It: A look at Pop’s Promotional Items
- Show Archive: U2’s PopMart Tour
- Demo Songs from the 1990s: Including Pop Demos
- Discography Entry: Discotheque Single
- Discography Entry: Staring at the Sun Single
- Discography Entry: Last Night on Earth Single
- Discography Entry: Please Single
- Discography Entry: PopHeart EP
- Discography Entry: If God Will Send His Angels Single
- DIscography Entry: Mofo Single
- This Day in U2 History: March 3