" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
FIRE / U2 R.O.K.

UK

Germany
 Commercial Release July 1981
 Record Label CBS / Island Records
 Top Chart Position US: NA, Canada: NA, UK: NA
 Album October (1981)
 Promotional Releases Available
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
LINER NOTES
Produced by Steve Lillywhite.  Live tracks from the Paradise Theatre Boston - Mass. USA, March 1981.
OTHER NOTES
A bit of an oddball single for U2.  Released three months in advance of the album it would promote, October - the interesting thing about this release is how it appeared under two different names upon release.  In Ireland and the UK it was released under the name "Fire", but in Germany it was released under the name "U2 R.O.K." a pun on the phrase "U2 Are OK".  Releases under the ROK title came with very different artwork than that released for Fire.

This release also saw some experimentation.  It was the first single to be available as a double 7", and also the first 12" single.  And in 1991 with the release of "R.O.K." on CD it became the earliest single available in that format.

Also of note, despite the success of the previous single "I Will Follow" in the North American markets, this single was not released in North America.

CATALOG INFORMATION
 7" VINYL:
Country: Ireland
Label: CBS Records
Catalog: CBS 1376x
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow
Further Information:
Released initially on black vinyl.  Other copies of the 7" are re-releases, released as part of the second singles pack, Pac II.
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Country: Ireland
Label: CBS Records
Catalog: CBS 1376x
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve / Pack
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow
Further Information:
In 1982 / 1983 CBS re-released the 7" Version of Fire in a singles pack. These releases came with a red CBS label with the CBS in white print (seen above) or a yellow and red CBS sunburst label.
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B Side of Vinyl (Red Label)

Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: WIP6679
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow
Further Information:
Contained a punch out center in the vinyl. 
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Country: Australia
Label: Island / Festival Records
Catalog: K-8393
UPC:
Package: Generic Festival Sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow
Further Information:
Released with a generic sleeve and a label different than that of the New Zealand single.
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Country: New Zealand
Label: Island / Festival Records
Catalog: K-8393
UPC:
Package: Generic Festival Sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow
Further Information:
Released with a generic sleeve and a label different than that of the New Zealand single.
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 DOUBLE 7" VINYL:
Country: Ireland
Label: CBS Records
Catalog: CBS 1376X
UPC:
Package: Picture sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live) / The Ocean (Live) / Cry - The Electric Co. (Live)
Further Information:
Releassed in a regular sleeve wide enough to hold two vinyl singles.
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Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: UWIP6679
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live) / The Ocean (Live) / Cry - The Electric Co. (Live)
Further Information:
Releassed in a regular sleeve wide enough to hold two vinyl singles.
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 12" VINYL:
Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 600.417
UPC:
Package: Picture sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live) / The Ocean (Live)
Further Information:
German release of the Fire single. First pressings had "12 Inch" in large print in the bottom right corner of the sleeve.
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Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 600.417
UPC: 4 007196 004177
Package: Picture sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live) / The Ocean (Live)
Further Information:
German release of the Fire single. Later pressings did not have "12 Inch" on the cover, but instead listed "Maxi Single 45T" on the cover as pictured above.
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Country: Netherlands
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 600.417
UPC:
Package: Picture sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live) / The Ocean (Live)
Further Information:
U2 R.O.K. was also released in the Netherlands in a sleeve similar to the German pressings.
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Country: Spain
Label: Island Records
Catalog: F-600.417
UPC:
Package: Picture sleeve
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live) / The Ocean (Live)
Further Information:
U2 R.O.K. was also released in Spain on 12" vinyl in a sleeve similar to the German pressings.
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 5" CD:
Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 664 972
UPC:
Package: Slimline jewel case.
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live) / The Ocean (Live)
Further Information:
Released in 1991.
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Country: Austria
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 664 972
UPC: 4 007196 649729
Package: Slimline jewel case.
Track Listing:
Fire / J. Swallow / 11 O'Clock Tick Tock (Live) / The Ocean (Live)
Further Information:
Released in 1991.
Other Images:
I WIll Follow (1980) Gloria (1981)
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