Electrical Storm (song)

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"Electrical Storm"
Single by U2
from the album The Best of 1990–2000
Released 21 October 2002
Format CD, DVD
Genre Rock[1]
Length 4:37 (William Orbit Mix)
4:25 (Band Version)
Label Island / Interscope
Songwriter(s) U2 (music), Bono (lyrics)
Producer(s) William Orbit
U2 singles chronology
"Walk On"
"Electrical Storm"
"Walk On"
"Electrical Storm"

"Electrical Storm" is a song by Irish rock band U2. It was released as a single from their second compilation album, The Best of 1990–2000, and was one of the two new songs recorded for that album (the other one being "The Hands That Built America"), the music video for the song prominently features drummer Larry Mullen Jr., as well as actress Samantha Morton. The song was written by Bono and is about two lovers who are fighting and the tension between them; it relates this to a looming electrical storm.[2] U2 did not play the song live until 2 July 2009, when they performed it on the second concert of their U2 360° Tour in Barcelona.

Although the song did not chart well in the US, reaching only number 77, it performed well elsewhere, peaking at number one in Canada and many European countries, it also peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart and in Australia, and at 13 and 26 on the US Modern Rock Tracks and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, respectively.


Two official versions of the song exist – the "Band Version" mixed by Carl Glanville, and the "William Orbit Mix" mixed by William Orbit and featuring a much quieter intro, the "William Orbit Mix" appeared on The Best of 1990-2000 and the "Band Version" was featured on the B-sides disc of the album.

Shortly before the official release of the single, a third version of the song[3] was broadcast on radio stations in the United Kingdom, Australia and Latin America. Unofficially called the "Radio One Mix" (because it was originally played on BBC Radio 1, and in the middle of the song said station's call sign is heard), this version is a very-mellow sounding mix, with different guitar lines during the chorus and traditional U2 "chiming" riff at the start of the guitar solo towards the end of the song. It is believed this was a demo version that was leaked to radio.

Live performances[edit]

Though released in 2002, the song was not played live until the U2 360° Tour when it was played in the William Orbit style during the tour's second night in Barcelona, Spain on 2 July 2009. It was subsequently played twice more: on 8 July 2009 in Milan, Italy and on 1 August 2009 in Gothenburg, Sweden.[4]

Formats and track listings[edit]



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  2. ^ U2.com Discography, Electrical Storm Archived 2007-11-15 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ U2- Electrical Storm (Radio One Mix). YouTube. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Electrical Storm". U2Gigs.com. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "U2 – Electrical Storm". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  6. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "U2: Charts & Awards: Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  8. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Charts. Archived from the original on 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2009-11-23.  Note: U2 must be searched manually.
  9. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard. November 30, 2002. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 2012-09-15. 
  10. ^ "EveryHit.com search results: U2". Everyhit.com. Archived from the original on 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2009-11-17.  Note: U2 must be searched manually.