Bono says this is "a song about not like yourself. It's seeing your reflection in the window and wanting to smash it. I don't know where that's coming from. I try not to major on self-loathing but it does creep in every so often. Guilt to me is a very useless emotion. You make a mistake, you try and rectify it, you apologize, and you get on." (U2 by U2, 2005)
By the time U2 got around to recording this, the band's drummer, Larry Mullen, was exhausted and had trouble keeping up with the tempo. He said, "The real wake-up call for me was after a long day getting nowhere on 'I Threw A Brick.' When I came back to the studio the following day, Edge had overdubbed a great tom part. I was so pissed off he had come up with a better drum part than me. It was the kick in the ass I needed."
Released on their second album, October, "I Threw A Brick Through A Window" was a live favorite for the band in the early '80s, played on their October, War, and Unforgettable Fire tours.