The third track and lead single from 1988’s Rattle and Hum.
On the face of it, Desire is a simple enough piece of Rock n Roll. Sometimes because Bono can be so, erm.. irritating, it gets forgotten that U2 are such a brilliant band. It harks back to the sixties, the band acknowledging the influences of the Stooges track 1969.
But more than that, it weighs in a just under three minutes and with its simple arrangement, reminds us of the band’s own punk roots. Only the fact that they are by now a much more polished and accomplished group would, even to the most cynical Bono-is-a-berk adherents, make the case for disagreement with that.
Perhaps surprisingly, it was U2’s first ever UK number 1. It made the number one spot in October 1988 and spent a total of 8 weeks in the chart. By now, this boy was off to University and had given up writing the date of purchase on records. So, I’m sorry but I don’t know when I bought it. Yeah, like you care anyway!