U2: “11 O’Clock Tick Tock”


ON THIS DATE (32 YEARS AGO)
May 23, 1980 – U2: “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” b/w “Touch” (Island WIP 6601) 45 single is released in the UK.
“11 O’Clock Tick Tock” was U2’s second single, released 23 May 1980. It followed their debut EP “Three” and the single “Another Day”. It was released prior to their debut album, Boy.
The non-album single was produced by Martin Hannett, renowned for his work with Joy Division, a band influential to U2. The band first met Hannett while he was producing “Love Will Tear Us Apart” with Joy Division, where U2 were silent studio onlookers during the session. “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” debuted live in August 1979 with alternate lyrics and was then known as “Silver Lining.” It evolved into “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” between March and May 1980.
“Touch,” the B-side on the “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” single, evolved from an earlier song called “Trevor.” “Touch” was played on the Boy Tour in 1980-1981, but has never been performed on any subsequent tours.
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