" I WENT OUT WALKING THROUGH STREETS PAVED WITH GOLD " 
THE FLY

Version I
 Commercial Release October 21 / 22, 1991
 Record Label Island Records
 Top Chart Position US: 61, Canada: 3, UK: 1
 Album Achtung Baby (1991)
 Promotional Releases Available
 TRACKLISTING (Click for Lyrics)
LINER NOTES
The Fly: Written by U2. Produced by Daniel Lanois. Engineered by Flood. Additional engineering by Robbie Adams. Assisted by Shannon Strong. Mixed by Flood with Daniel Lanois and Steve Lillywhite. Assisted by Robbie Adams. Special thanks to Brian Eno. 
Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / Korova 1: Written by Bono and the Edge. Produced and arranged by Paul Barrett. Assisted by Ian Bryan. Mixed by Ingmar Kiang. Programming by Dave Clayton. Percussion by Noel Eccles. Boy Sopranos: Noel and Jerry O'Gorman. Special thanks to Dr. Albert Bradshaw. From the RSC production of "A Clockwork Orange" directed by Ron Daniels. 
The Lounge Fly Mix: Written by U2. Produced by Daniel Lanois. Engineered by Flood. Additional engineering by Robbie Adams. Mixed by Flood. Assisted by Shannon Strong. 

Photography by Anton Corbijn. Design by Works Associates (Dublin). Car painted by Thierry Noir (Berlin).

OTHER NOTES
The Fly was released to radio and video in early September 1991. The rumours had been running hot that U2 was releasing a dance album, that U2 was releasing an album that would be like nothing we'd ever heard from them before. This single didn't disappoint those expecting something different. The album would be more recognizable when it was released, but that was another two months away. The video for this song also unleashed Bono's character of the Fly to the world. 

The single itself featured a song from the score of the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of "A Clockwork Orange". The entire performance was scored by Bono and the Edge, but this track is the only officially released piece of music from that performance.  Rounding out the release is a remix of the Fly which actually features a very different vocal track than the original version of the song. 

Although a predominant song on both the ZOO tours in 1992/93 and the Elevation tour in 2001, the Fly has not been released in a live version on any audio release.  However, it can be found on the ZOO TV live from Sydney video and the Elevation 2001 from Boston video releases. 

The cover of this release fits together with the covers from the Mysterious Ways, Even Better than the Real Thing, and Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses single covers to form a larger image.

CATALOG INFORMATION
 7" VINYL:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: IS500 / 868 884-7
UPC: 042286 888477
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Other Images:
B Side of Vinyl

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 868 884-7
UPC: 042286 888477
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Other Images:
B Side of Vinyl

Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 114 728 
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: France
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 868-884-7
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Spain
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 114 728
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Other Images:
 12" VINYL:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 12IS500
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-868 885-1
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:
B Side Label

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 868 885-1
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 614 728 
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Spain
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 614 728 (3A)
UPC:
Package: Picture Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
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 CASSETTE:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CIS500
UPC: 042286 888446
Package: Hard Shell Case
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Other Images:
Inner Flaps of Insert

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-868 885-4
UPC:
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Canada
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422-868 885-4
UPC: 0 422-868885-4 5
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 868 884-4
UPC: 042286 888446
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Both tracks repeated on both sides. Same labelling on both sides of the cassette, and individual sides are not labelled 'A' and 'B'.
Other Images:

Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 412 295-207 
UPC: 4 007194 122958
Package: Cardboard Sleeve
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Both tracks repeated on both sides. Sides are still labelled '1' and '2'.
Other Images:

Country: France
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 868 884-4
UPC:
Package: Hard Shell Case
Matrix:
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Mexico
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CMIX 5125 / 868 885-4 
UPC: 7 509967 451250
Package: Hard Shell Case
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
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 3" CD:
Country: Japan
Label: Island / Polystar
Catalog: PSDD 1102
UPC: 4 988023 016474
Package: Snap Pack
Matrix: PSDD-1102 1A1 C 19
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk
Further Information:
After trying out the 3" CD format in the USA during the Rattle and Hum period it was discontinued with the Achtung Baby releases in the US, but several were released in Japan.
Other Images:
Inside front cover (Lyrics)
 5" CD:
Country: UK
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CID500
UPC: 042286 888521
Package: Digipack
Matrix: CID500 10162221 01 &
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:
Inside of Front Cover

Country: USA
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 422 868 885-2
UPC:
Package: Regular Jewel
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Canada
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 868 885-2
UPC: 0 422-868885-2 1
Package: Regular Jewel
Matrix: #911004HH 868885-2 RE-2
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
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Back of Front Insert

Country: Australia
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 868 885-2
UPC:
Package: Digipack
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: Germany
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 664 728
UPC: 4 007196 647282
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: 664 728 50179 129 01 +
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Other Images:

Country: France
Label: Island Records
Catalog: 868 885-2
UPC:
Package: Slimline Jewel
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Released in a slimline case with a stickered sleeve.
Other Images:

Country: Mexico
Label: Island Records
Catalog: CDEPM 5125 / 868 885-2
UPC: 7 509967 251256
Package: Slimline Jewel
Matrix: SONOPRESS (H) M.O. 19305-3 CDEPM5125
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Very different style of picture on the CD itself, done in a black and white print. The 'U2' on the front cover is in a white font instead of the orange used on other versions of the CD, and also has the catalog number printed in the bottom left corner of the front cover.
Other Images:
Inside of Front Cover

Country: Japan
Label: Island / Polystar Records
Catalog: PSCD-1182 
UPC:
Package: Slimline Jewel
Track Listing:
The Fly / Alex Descends Into Hell for a Bottle of Milk / The Lounge Fly Mix
Further Information:
Released with an OBI strip with information on this release printed in Japanese.
Other Images:
All I Want is You (1989) Mysterious Ways (1991)
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