"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
U2 wrote the songs "I Threw A Brick Through A Window" and "Stranger In A Strange Land" in Minneapolis, Minnesota.