"11 O'Clock Tick Tock" was U2's second single, released 23 May 1980. It followed their debut EP "Three" and the single "Another Day". It was released prior to their debut album, Boy.

History[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The non-album single was produced by Martin Hannett, renowned for his work with Joy Division, a band influential to U2. The band first met Hannett while he was producing "Love Will Tear Us Apart" with Joy Division, where U2 were silent studio onlookers during the session. "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" debuted live in August 1979 with alternate lyrics and was then known as "Silver Lining." It evolved into "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" between March and May 1980.

"Touch," the B-side on the "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" single, evolved from an earlier song called "Trevor." "Touch" was played on the Boy Tour in 1980-1981, but has never been performed on any subsequent tours.

Three mixes of "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" exist, all studio cuts. The 1980 single features the 3:44 mix. The Martin Hannett tribute album And Here Is the Young Manfeatures a 4:03 mix. The final mix is a 4:10 version with a longer intro that features on the "Pride" single.

Live[edit source | editbeta]Edit

During the first half of the 1980s, "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" was one of U2's most popular live songs and it appears on the 1983 live EP Under A Blood Red Sky and concert film Live at Red Rocks: Under a Blood Red Sky. On U2's very early tours, it was often played twice due to a lack of material - once early in the concert, and then during the encore. Until December 1982, it was routinely paired with "The Ocean", a song from the band's debut album Boy. This live pairing is available on the "Fire" single.

After the Unforgettable Fire Tour concluded in July 1985, "11 O'Clock Tick Tock" has been played twelve times, including seven performances on 2001's Elevation Tour. The frequency of its early performances means that it is still one of U2's twenty most-performed live songs.[1]

Track listing[edit source | editbeta]Edit

7" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "11 O'Clock Tick Tock"   3:44
2. "Touch"  
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