"Buzzwords on this record were trashy, throwaway, dark, sexy, and industrial (all good) and earnest, polite, sweet, righteous, rockist and linear (all bad). And Berlin ... became a conceptual backdrop for the record. The Berlin of the Thirties—decadent, sexual and dark—resonating against the Berlin of the Nineties—reborn, chaotic and optimistic..."
- Brian Eno, on Achtung Baby
Dali, a name mentioned in the song 'Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World' refers to a Spanish surrealist artist. His most famous painting is one with melting clocks set against a desert landscape.