Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car (5:20)

Cover of Zooropa

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“Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car” is the sixth track on U2’s 1993 album, Zooropa. It was used during the Zoomerang leg of the Zoo TV Tour as a showcase for Bono’s MacPhisto persona.

In these performances, MacPhisto would begin in the dressing room preparing his make-up and wardrobe, singing the first half of the song in this setting. The other band members dressed in purple uniforms with the Zoo TV logo on them. MacPhisto emerged from the dressing room half way through the song, and played with the crowd while on stage. Fake money was shot from the stage into the air as MacPhisto yelled “Daddy’s Gonna Pay!” (Adam Clayton is visibly frightened by these explosions on the Zoo TV: Live from Sydney concert video). Following this, he would make his speech and phone call.

A backing track was used for many of the effects, and The Edge played limited amounts of guitar on a Gibson Les Paul. Larry Mullen, Jr. played with cowbells on his drum kit for part of the song as well.

Despite the odd sound it has on the album, the band claims it was originally conceived as a blues song for John Lee Hooker.

“Daddy’s Gonna Pay for Your Crashed Car” has a sample from the song “The City Sleeps” by MC 900 Ft. Jesus. According to the album liner notes, the intro is taken from a fanfare from the 1961 USSR state publisher Melodiya produced album “Lenin’s Favourite Songs”.

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