Red Hot + Reissued
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2020-10-25)
UPDATE: October 25, 2020:
The Red Hot and Blue album will be reissued on double vinyl on December 4, 2020. The record will contain the UPC 192641529528, and will be issued by the Red Hot Organization. (Note: Although Amazon in Canada still lists a December 4 date, other stores are now listing a January 2021 release instead for the vinyl.)
30 years ago U2 gave us a first preview of a new direction with the release of “Night and Day” on the compilation Red, Hot and Blue. The album was released on September 25, 1990 and featured a very different sounding U2. The album featured contemporary artists covering Cole Porter songs and was one of the first AIDS benefits in the music business.
VIDEO: U2 – “Night and Day”
Now thirty years later the album is being reissued. To celebrate 30 years, five albums produced by the Red Hot Organization are being reissued with this fall. Red, Hot + Blue will be issued on digital platforms on October 23. The other albums being reissued are Red Hot + Bothered, Offbeat: A Red Hot Sound Trip, Silencio = Muerto: Red Hot + Latin and Red Hot + Indigo.
“For those of us living in New York 30 years ago, HIV/AIDS was as devastating as COVID-19 is today but what made Red Hot + Blue so impactful and different was that it celebrated life and the power of music and art to lift people up during dark times. Red Hot pioneered using pop culture for social change—good propaganda—to fight for LGBTQ rights and to promote safer sex,” John Carlin, Red Hot’s president and co-founder, shared with Rolling Stone magazine.
VIDEO: Neneh Cherry – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” (Blacksmith “Brixton Bass” Remix)
To promote the reissues, Neneh Cherry’s version of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” has been remixed and is being promoted as the first single. Six remixes were released to digital services, as well as a video for one of the remixes. Although there has been no new U2 content announced at this time, the Red Hot Organization is promising to release other content from their vaults between now and World AIDS Day on December 1. In the meantime U2’s version of “Night and Day” will hit streaming services and other digital platforms on October 23. There has been no announcement of a physical release at this time. More information about the original release can be found in our U2 discography.