"Assaulted by Underpants" (1981)

Demo Song

Background Information

“Assaulted by Underpants” is a demo song that was mentioned when U2 were working on the album October.

In the May 1981 issue of NYRocker Magazine, Bono is interviewed by Andy Schwartz, and he revealed that he’s working on two songs currently. “Assaulted By Underpants” is a song about claustrophobia in big cities, inspired by seeing the ads for underpants in the London undeground. The other song, “Father is an Elephant” is a song about his father Bob, that has been around for a number of years.

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