This 7-minute-long spiritual ballad about an epiphany at an ATM machine has been billed as this album's "One."
Producer Brian Eno told The Observer Music Monthly February 2009. "Apart from some editing and the addition of the short cello piece that introduces it, the song appears on the album exactly as it was the first and only time we played it."
Daniel Lanois, who produced the No Line On The Horizon album with Brian Eno, contributed the pedal steel guitar to this track.
Co-producer Daniel Lanois told The National Post about the writing of this song: "That was an ensemble composition. It had that great Eno/Mullen thing from the go. A kind of rolling hand drum. And the original sketch had me in charge of the chorus. Bono would point to me: 'Ok, Lanois, you sing the chorus' (sings the chorus' hook out loud). It's very much a Canadian sound there, a tribute to The Band. We call it the 'Simcoe sound.'"
This topped Rolling Stone's Best Songs of 2009 poll. In a double whammy for the Irish rockers, No Line On The Horizon also scored the magazine's Best Album of 2009 honor.
New Order took the title for "Blue Monday" from an illustration, which read "Goodbye Blue Monday," in the Kurt Vonnegut book Breakfast Of Champions. The image referred to the invention of the washing machine improving housewives' lives.
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."