“Satellite of Love,” U2, released 1992.
Using the themes of love and betrayal against the backdrop of a televised satellite launch, one-time Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed penned this space sonnet, which was first released in 1972. However, the U2 version is a great example of a cover improving an original work. U2’s soaring final chorus moves the song from the realm of the ordinary to the superior.
Does “Satellite’s gone way up to Mars/Soon it will be filled with parking cars” reveal Bono’s support for planetary missions or is it more analogous to “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”? Four and a half stars.