Achtung Baby! What an incredible time to be a U2 fan. The only downer for me was that it was the first album they released since I first became a fan. Kind of like an aspiring mountaineer ticking Everest off on debut.
Same here, I first became a fan in '89 and Night and Day was the first time I was anticipating a release by the band. Spent most of 90 & 91 discovering the back catalogue and grabbing various taped copies of bootlegs. I remember scouring the music pages of Q Magazine and the Daily Mirror (UK) for news of a new LP and remember how strange it looked when the Newspaper listed the titles of unfamiliar sounding U2 songs. The Fly in particular looked like a strange title for a U2 song.
Then it was onto the radio to try and hear this new lead single from the album. As much as it sounded nothing like U2 at that time, I knew it was them before the DJ confirmed it.
I also tuned into that weeks Round Table record review show on Radio 1 where the song got a luke warm reception, with one guy saying the band had lost the plot or words to that effect. The song then went on to knock Bryan Adams of the top of the chart, ending his record breaking 56 year stay at the top of the charts (that's how it felt anyway). U2 pulled a masterstroke by stating that the single would only be available for 3 weeks before being discontinued, pretty much guaranteeing it top spot. It stayed at the top of the charts for a week (Michael Jacksons Black & White knocked them off, thanks to the promo video starring Mackauley Culkin as much as the song itself).
I was fortunate enough to be grounded by my folks (for something which obviously wasn't my fault) at the end of October and early of November which coincided with the release and my under the radar purchase of Achtung Baby on tape. And yeah I thought the tape was knackered when I heard Zoo Station. I had the album on loop for the duration of me being grounded.
I was gutted when I finally got parole from my parents.
I was pretty popular in school too, with loads of classmates asking me to tape them a copy of the album.
Good times, and little did I know yet they would get even better over the next couple of years and that I would get to witness the greatest show on earth, which still ranks as the best stadium show I've ever seen, closely followed by Popmart, both at Roundhey Park, Leeds.
Thanks for indulging my trip down memory lane. Haha.