U2's "Discotheque" Goes Up On the Net

U2 have left the building...

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.

"It's

['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

(http://www.interference.com).

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."