"Pop is a very disciplined record. The song structures and arrangements are really classic: it's just the sounds and the mixes that sound odd, and I think that combination is what great pop music is all about. All my favourite records are like that: you just can't tell how they're put together. 'Strawberry Fields Forever' for example, it's one of my all-time favourites, but it sounds so bizarre, even though it's such a classic song. That's what interests me, that feeling you get when you don't know where to begin in finding out where a song came from."
- Edge, 1997
did you know
While the band and crew were working on the Joshua Tree album's mixing, Lillywhite's wife, singer Kirsty MacColl, volunteered to set the running order for the album. The band told her to put "Where the Streets Have No Name" first and "Mothers of the Disappeared" last, with the rest sequenced according to her preference.