Wide Awake in America is a four-track EP by the Irish rock band U2, released in 1985. It combines two live performances of songs from the group's 1984 album The Unforgettable Fire with two B-sides from the era, which had previously been available only in the United Kingdom.
The EPs centerpiece, "Bad", a song about heroin addiction, would become a staple of their live set, particularly after a remarkable extended performance at Live Aid in which Bono danced with a girl in the audience. Radio programmers often chose this Wide Awake in America version over the original studio recording for airplay.
"A Sort of Homecoming" is live from Wembley Arena in London, England on November 15 1984. The song was produced by Tony Visconti and recorded during a soundcheck at the concert, with the crowd noise was mixed in later during post-production at Good Earth Studios.
"The Three Sunrises" (also listed as "Three Sunrises") was produced by the band with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. It can also be found on the B-sides disc of the limited edition of The Best of 1980–1990 compilation from 1998.
"Love Comes Tumbling" was produced by the band and also appears, with a slightly different beginning, on the B-sides disc of The Best of 1980–1990.
All tracks except "Bad" originally appeared on the "The Unforgettable Fire" single, released in April 1985 outside the US. The mix on "A Sort of Homecoming" from that single is different on this release and includes some studio-dubbed backing vocals by The Edge.
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