U2 – The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone)

The band debuted this track at yesterday’s Apple launch event. Via the Telegraph:

On first impressions, Songs of Innocence is not an attempt to create a grand masterpiece that redefines the band, but rather, as the title suggests, to reconnect them with an elusive pop elixir of youthful energy and passion. Lyrically, it reflects on the past, on their origins as a band and as individuals, which is unusual territory for the usually forward-looking Bono and the Edge (who share lyrical duties). Lead single and opening track, The Miracle (of Joey Ramone) sets the confident tone, with its “oh-way-oh” choral chant, glam rock stomping rhythm and surges of grungy guitar.

RELATED: As a free download for now, Songs Of Innocence isn’t eligible for next year’s Grammys. Via Billboard:

The source explained, “All entries — singles, tracks, albums — must be commercially released, nationally distributed and available from any date within the eligibility period.” With iTunes’ exclusive rights to the release for more than a month, U2 has received an undisclosed sum as part of the deal and two sources familiar with deal terms told Billboard that Apple will spend in excess of $100 million on an ad campaign supporting the project that will include lead single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).” A source close to the band reached by Billboard Tuesday was unaware of the Grammy detail, and hoped to start a dialogue with the Academy on Wednesday. “We’re celebrating this moment, and tomorrow we’ll figure out what this means,” said the source.