Eight months later The unforgettable fire and 21 before The Joshua Tree, U2 were made available in extended play. The quartet released the four-track EP Wide Awake In America in North America and Japan on June 10, 1985. They saw it become a vital stage in their record schedule.
The EP gave fans the opportunity to have two performances from the Unforgettable Fire tour that accompanied that new album in the fall of 1984. From U2’s performance at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham on November 12 came “Bad.” . Then, from the Wembley Arena show in London three nights later, they captured and released “A Sort Of Homecoming.” In fact, it was the song ‘Bad’ that inspired the title of the EP. The song included the lyrics “I’m wide awake, wide awake, I’m not sleeping.”
Rounding up oddities
The flip side of the EP was aimed at international fans in particular. It featured two tracks that had been singles B sides, but only in the UK. U2’s production collaboration with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois in “The Three Sunrises” was accompanied by “Love Comes Tumbling.” Both songs had appeared on the UK release of The Unforgettable Fire as their second single, just two months earlier, in April 1985.
Wide Awake In America reached number 37 in the US, and later became platinum certified. Meanwhile, “The Three Sunrises” became a rock radio hit. The demand for the EP was such that it was finally granted a British release, two years later, in July 1987. There, it qualified for the album chart and reached number 11 in late August of that year, during a career of 15 weeks at the Top. 100.
In April 2018, Island reissued Wide Awake In America in a 180 gram vinyl edition along with two more U2 milestones, 1997. Pop music y 2000’s Everything you can’t leave behind.
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