Hearts Beat as One
A break finally came for U2 in 1983 when their third album,
"War," hit number one in the United Kingdom. U2 now
had enough fan support to tour in Europe and the United States,
proving that "War" was a success. The album ranked
#221 in Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums
"War" was a new musical twist for U2, described by
Bono to be "like graffiti." The sound was different,
and the first guest vocals, The Coconuts, were featured on the
album in two songs. In addition to having a new sound, "War"
was the first album to speak out on major issues, and thus the
first album geared toward political ideas.
Certain songs dealt with certain issues; "Sunday Bloody
Sunday", which became the band's signature song, addressed
the Northern Ireland situation. It refers to the events of "Bloody
Sunday" in 1920 and 1972, days of violence and massacre
in Irish history . The song ranked #7 in the U.S. Mainstream
Rock Tracks in 1983. The album also includes songs about nuclear
weapons trades and prostitution. Some songs, like "New Year's
Day," are a combination of political issues and love songs to
bring a balance to the album.
The boy on the cover of their first album was also featured
on the cover of their third album. This time, the boy depicted
was more aggressive U2 was not only older but also not as innocent
and pure as before.