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  • Audio CD (6 Jan 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Maxi
  • Label: Island Records
  • ASIN: B0000074N2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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U2 The Fly (Original 1991 UK Island label 3-track CD single produced by Daniel Lanois. Includes The Lounge [Fly Mix] and Alex Descends Into Hell For A Bottle Of Milk/ Korova 1 housed in a digipak picture sleeve CID500)

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Format: Audio CD
I remember this song from being a kid (Im 24 now) and watching top of the Pops waiting for Turtle Power to come on! U2 had knocked them off the Number one spot and I was gutted! Who were these whispering fools with the shades?

I was a pretty dumb kid.

Like I say in the title of this, the guitar sound on this track is supernaturally good! When they play this live it sounds cool but there is a definite quality to the recording which seems elusive to recapture. Gorgeously expressive.

I would recommend this CD single since it also contains one of the pieces of music Bono and The Edge wrote for a stage production/reworking of A Clockwork Orange. Entitled 'Alex Descends into Hell for a bottle of Milk', it is an exciting tune with rather dramatic modern (for the early 90s) percussive stuff going on and a choirboy signing something about Dies Irae, the day of wrath or so I gather. I just like the sound of it and I think that was the main point really! Its only a fiver, ENJOY!
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By Polishguy on 26 Sep 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was hoping to get digipack like one I own already but it came with CD album plastic box, not suitable for a single. The cover is a piece of art and digipack looks beautiful.

In therms of the musical content it's one of the best singles ever released .
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By Mr. Scott Carrick on 1 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD
One of the best U2 tracks from Achtung Baby.

Well worth getting the CD Single if you can for the rare extra tracks not on any album.

Excellent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rpjltd@wanadoo.nl on 15 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bar-stool philosophers know it all, and U2 did whit this song, what nobody els would do, THE FLY is the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree "Well, Let Give Them Megalomaniac, The Fly Is Born"
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
It's no secret at all... 27 May 2003
By Andrew McCaffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A breakdown of the three songs on this CD-single, the first release off of U2's ACHTUNG BABY album:
"The Fly" - Bono described this track as being the sound of four men cutting down the Joshua Tree with a chainsaw, and many horrified U2 fans probably agreed with him. As the first single released since the JOSHUA TREE/RATTLE'N'HUM days, this song came as a bit of a shock to many as it is obviously quite different from what had gone before. There was no trace of the American and early rock/blues influences seen on their previous two albums. In their place were cool European rhythms, loud guitars, and surrealistic lyrics. On the back of the CD case, the photo of Bono wearing his "Fly" sunglasses and grinning like a madman describes this song perfectly. Definitely a fun U2 song, with a great beat and fun, clever lyrics.
"Alex Descends Into Hell For a Bottle Of Milk/Korova 1" -- Rather reminiscent of The Edge's solo soundtrack for THE CAPTIVE, this track is a distillation of music written by Bono and The Edge for a stage (RSC) production of THE CLOCKWORK ORANGE. An interesting piece, featuring a chorus of boy sopranos and a heavy drum beat. This is a soundtrack piece, so it's more about creating a mood than making a catchy pop song. It's quite good though, musically very strong, and worth a listen or two.
"The Lounge Fly Mix" - Exactly what it says on the box - a six and a half minute version of "The Fly" done in a lounge style. Fewer guitars, muffled vocals, more obvious keyboards, and a more prominent rhythm section feature on this track. Some of the lyrics contain minor reworking. This isn't a bad alternative version of what is already a great song. On the other hand, for some sections, there seems to be no difference between this and the album version.
Since this CD is only available as an import now, it's, unfortunately, quite expensive. There are only three songs and yet one would spend the same for this as one would for a full album. I'd recommend trying to get this one second-hand, since it is definitely worth owning, and cheap copies can be found relatively easily.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Every artist is a cannibal, every poet is a thief... 19 Feb 2001
By "robynmh" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"... all kill their inspiration, and sing about the grief"
The Fly was U2's first single off of "Achtung Baby". This was the world's first glimpse of the "new U2". U2 were no longer pretending to be the good little political boys, but rather, they were now hamming up their roles as rock stars... giving the world a bit of rock with bite and attitude! Well, the song "The Fly" definitely has that edgy, ambitious rock with bite, and the lyrics have the attitude. Adam and Larry cook up a very fast-paced in-your-face drum & bass. The Edge demonstrates his ability at distorted electric guitar and fierce soloing. Bono's lyrics are full of contraditions, confessions and catchy phrases (see the title and first line of my review) while his falsettos and bad-boy vocal styles give diversity throughout the song. This is one of my all-time favourite U2 songs, and a highlight off of Achtung Baby.
So goodbye Joshua Tree/Rattle & Hum era U2. Hello Zoo TV/Achtung Baby U2!
1: The Fly. This is the identical to The Fly off of Achtung Baby.
2: Alex Descends Into Hell For a Bottle of Milk/Korovo 1. While the song is written by Bono and The Edge, the only vocals on this short track come from a choir of school children. This track was originally recorded for a modern soundtrack of A Clockwork Orange. This is probably the coolest non-U2 type U2 song there is. It's almost on the verge of electro-industrial music. A soft synth-type intro with the choir, climaxes into a frenzy of beats and noise, which fades out in the end into silence. This song is more or less a soundscape, and not your typical song. Note: in the written credits on the CD, you'll notice a thanks to Albert Bradshaw. Apparently Albert used to be U2's old music teacher while in high school!
3: The Lounge Fly Mix. The Fly gone "street smart"! If you've seen the music video for The Fly, this is where they get the intro music from. It starts off with Bono singing the falsetto of the chorus over a drum & synth loop. Then in comes the heavy bassline. The guitars eventually kick in, bringing the song into full gear. Bono actually changes a few lyrics in this version of The Fly. "A man will beg, a man will crawl, but it's never too late to take his call, it's no secret at all".
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Pretty sweet stuff. 7 Jan 2000
By "hhlee7011" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You would want to own this if you want a definitive U2 collection. The single is short, only about 15 minutes, but solid. The first track is just the regular Fly, but the third track is a remix. The Lounge Mix does fun things to the Fly, like introducing a pleasant beat and Bono changes a significant amount of the lyrics. The title of this mix explains it all. Alex is a very strange but very good song. It starts out with catchy choir chants in Latin along with a horn. Slightly Boy in the Bubbleish if you know your Paul Simon Graceland. Then a killer drum beat comes in and there's some good guitar work. Definitely different, but there's no way you won't appreciate it. The Fly is for all U2 fans, especially Achtung Baby fans. Not the first single you'd want to get (Try Mys.Ways or Please or One) but it's worth it if you're in that I Own About 20 U2 CDs And I'm Looking To Expand My Collection phase.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very worthwhile import 15 Aug 2001
By N. P. Stathoulopoulos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I believe the domestic release of this CD single is out of print. However, it's certainly worth the extra dollars picking up the import. (It usually is with U2 import singles in my opinion.) The Fly remains one of my favorite U2 singles ever. Appearing after a hiatus of a couple of years while the band was "reinventing" itself, this song blew me away with Edge's powerful guitar riff. If you listen closely, it seems like both The Fly and Ultraviolet (Light My Way) must have started off as the same song with a similar riff.
The Lounge Fly Mix is very cool indeed, and sounds exactly like the title. A little more laid back, and Bono even changes a line or 2. A solid remix that is not too dancy and not repetitive, but a perfectly subtle job of shifting the rhythm of the track.
And another B-Side gem is Adam Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk, which was apparently utilized for a stage production of A Clockwork Orange. Fans of Passengers will certainly appreciate this track, which sounds like a techno-industrial soundscape. No vocals by Bono, but a haunting boys choir and some ominous and threatening industrial sounds followed by a really slamming beat and classic Edge guitar used to great effect.
Highly recommended!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Essential if you really like the song or U2 instrumentals 17 Nov 2000
By S B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"The Fly" happens to be one of my favorite songs of U2, and although I liked early-U2, I agree with the band's interpretation of this first single of the 1990s - the sound of a joshua tree being chopped down. Continuing lyrically along a theme of irony first on "God Part II" from 'Rattle & Hum', "The Fly" also has one of the best guitar solos by the Edge.
"The Lounge Fly" This is a re-mixed version of "The Fly" with a groovier production and a few different lyrics. If you really like the song, this would be a good addition to your collection.
"Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk/Korova 1". This was originally a soundtrack piece for a stage production of Clockwork Orange. As instrumentals go, this is one of U2's best, and so if you liked "Passengers: Original Soundtracks 1", this one is for you.
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