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 at 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!