"We’ve decided to write the tunes before we record them this time. For years we’ve gone into the studio deliberately not knowing what we were doing and I think this time we wanna make a record as a band, as a quartet. We wanna make a really uncool record — raw — that sort of feels like we’ve gotta do. And and we don’t wanna be in a crap band you know, and it’s got to be a great record or we won’t be a band."
- Bono on All That You Can't Leave Behind, 1998
did you know
The song 'A Day Without Me' was written in response to the suicide of Ian Curtis of Joy Division and reflects Bono's take on the selfishness of suicide, which is the dominant theme of the song.