I must’ve seen the video below soon after it came out in 1983. I didn’t know precisely what it was about at the time, but it was the first song I ever recognized as political. Before, I didn’t know that music could do that — that it could talk about more than love, be about more than being cool or sex.
It’s fair to say that this video made me pay more attention to the world and to music, thus it changed my life:
No matter what you think of U2, fucking great live performance. Using that broken-up military march rhythm was genius.