Here’s my “Discotheque” recollection from the time.
At the end of 1996, “in the olden days” where your computer would go “beep-beep-buzz” when logging onto the internet, U2 had a special camera set up in the studio where you could look in at the recording process. They had a 10-15 second clip of Discotheque way before the song was released. I’d have to wait 10-15 minutes for my computer to warm up, just to get that 10-15 second clip of the Edge’s guitar riff. But it was sooo worth it.
From my recollection back then when the song came out, MTV ran all of U2’s videos from A to Z for an entire day or so, and then they debuted the “Discotheque” video. I “taped it” on my “VHS” player. Such a great time. I went out to a lot of bars back then, and “Discotheque” was played all the time when I was out.
Looking back at the song now 20 years later, it seems very underrated. A few months ago on You Tube, I was listening to a song by the band The Cult (I believe it was “Rain”). In the comment section, someone said it sounded a bit like U2 and they were ridiculed. Someone else wrote: "U2 are so universally hated right now that they're practically underrated." There’s so much hard truth in that statement.