U2-Fire-UK Double 7" Vinyl #U WIP 6679"Fire" was the first singleissued to promote U2's second album, "October". It was released in July of 1981,three monthsahead of the LP. The commercial single for "Fire" contained the album version of the song. The promotional release contained an edit for radio which was 34 seconds shorter. The singlereleasesappeared under two different names. The 7" vinylversions wereissuedwith the title trackname of"Fire", but the 12"records and later CD releases appeared as "U2 R.O.K." a pun on the phrase "U2 Are OK".Singlesissued withthe "R.O.K." title displayed different artwork than the "Fire" releases.
Thissingle also saw some experimentation. It was the firstrelease to be available as a double 7" vinyl, and also the first 12" commercialvinylissued outside of Ireland. Then in 1991, with the release of "R.O.K." on CD, it became the earliest single available in that format.
Also of note, despite the success of the previous single "I Will Follow" in the North American markets, this single was not released there.
1B1. J. Swallo (Johhny 2A1. 11 O'Clock Tick Tock 2A2. The Ocean 2B1. Cry / The Electric Co. (Live)
RELEASE DATE: July 1981ISSUE: Commercial
VINYL FORMAT: Double 7"VINYL COLOR: BlackLABEL TYPE: Punch out center
CATALOG: U WIP 6679UPC: None
LABEL 1B: VINYL 2A: LABEL 2A: VINYL 2B: LABEL 2B:
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