U2 Single

Melody Maker (1989-06-10)

U2 release a new single on June 12 and the accompanying video is given an exclusive Channel 4 airing at9.15pm on June 16. In addition, rumours were growing stronger this week that the band will be playing live in the UK before Christmas.

The single, “All I Want is You”, is taken from the “Rattle and Hum” LP and is backed by U2’s version of The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” — the song has also been covered by Jimmy Young and Liberace! The 12-inch features another cover, Robert Knight’s “Everlasting Love”, which was a hit in the Sixties for Love Affair.

The accompanying video was shot in Rome in April and is U2’s first non-performance video. It’s a seven-minute black and white 35mm film scripted by Harry Devlin and directed by Meiert Davis. It’s set in an Italian circus in the Fifties and features Italian actors Paula Rinaldi and Paulo Rissi. The band have only very fleeting cameo roles.

The Edge said this week: “We’ve never done this sort of thing before. We thought that if we were going to do it, then “All I Want is You” would be absolutely the right song for it. We’ve created a short film with characters and a storyline with a beginning, a middle and an end, and we’ve superimposed that over the song.”

The Channel 4 showing is accompanied by interviews with the band, directors and producers. Finally, U2 kick off a string of live dates in Australia this September. The tour also takes in Japan and the Far East. The band will be back in Ireland in November and a series of Christmas UK shows look possible.

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