"The theme of the album was a flirtation with death, nuclear fission, the raw material for a power plant or for weapons of total destruction."
- Bono on The Unforgettable Fire
did you know
While the band and crew were working on the Joshua Tree album's mixing, Lillywhite's wife, singer Kirsty MacColl, volunteered to set the running order for the album. The band told her to put "Where the Streets Have No Name" first and "Mothers of the Disappeared" last, with the rest sequenced according to her preference.