Just hours after the new U2 single, "Discotheque," was aired on L. A. and New
York modern rock radio stations KROQ and WXRK this past weekend, rabid U2 fans
were frantically sending email back and forth trying to figure out how to
convert the files and post the song on their web sites. The song is currently
available for downloading on at least one U2 fan site, Interference.
['Discotheque'] supposed to come out in early January, but stations always leak
these things a week early," said a source who works with U2. "And it didn't
take very long for fans to start telling each other how to load the recording
of it into an MP3 or RealAudio file."
We checked out a few U2 sites to see
the action and on one, called U2 World, the breathless webmaster had this to
say about the radio leak: "AAAAHHHHHH!!!! I HEARD THE SONG!! IT'S ABSOLUTELY
AWESOME, FANTASTIC!!!!!BOY I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT IT...THE INTRO GOT ME ALL
HYPED UP MAN!! GEE...THIS IS JUST SO COOL!!! I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE
OF IT!!!!! AHHHH!!! GONNA LISTEN IT AGAIN & AGAIN...."
If you don't
subscribe to The Wire, a U2 fan digest where the file has been available
for a few days, you can try downloading it from Interference
Another, very serious fan who had listened
to the song had this to say about it:
"Having just downloaded
'Discotheque' from INTERFERENCE (took about 35-40 mins. with 28.8 link), here
are my first thoughts:
"1) The track fades at 4 mins. 10 secs. - is this
the actual end ?
"2) Very reminiscent of Zoo Station, distorted vocal &
guitar which suddenly BECOMES U2 at the chorus.
"3) The released samples on
the net only form a small part which is the start of the chorus.
"4) Adam &
Larry are on form.
"5) Edge has found new distortion effects which backs up
Bono stating that the album is LOUD.
"6) Download it & play it to the
doubters as this is one hell of a track which promises lots from the album
whenever it is released."