"Perhaps not their best album, I'd reserve that for Achtung Baby, but for me it is by far their most fun. It sparked a huge tour, produced the coolest collectibles, had great music videos and always provides the soundtrack to my summer."
"A difficult decision, but I think Ultra Violet edges it. I was thrilled to hear it live in 2009 after spending years admiring those Zoo TV performances."
Fan status: Basic
what they said
"It was quite hard for the band to shift from having played to loops of other people to playing to loops of themselves. We felt it was essential to do that, though, because you can get very lazy with samples. They're an easy way to get the ball rolling, but you're always in danger of sounding like some basic samples with the band on top. You're in danger of being dictated to by what's there, rather than saying: 'this is just our springboard'."
- Pop-producer Flood, on the use of samples on Pop
did you know
Get On Your Boots is about Bono taking his family on vacation to France and witnessing warplanes flying overhead at the start of the Iraq War. The chant "let me in the sound" was developed late in the recording sessions and became a theme throughout parts of the album.