Original of the Species

Original of the Species
"Original of the Species"

Cover for the promotional release
Song by U2 from the album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
Released November 2004
Format Digital download
Genre Rock
Length 4:41 (album)
4:29 (edit)
Label Island / Interscope
Producer Steve Lillywhite with additional production by Jacknife Lee
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb track listing
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"Original of the Species"

"Original of the Species" is a song by rock band U2 and the tenth track from their 2004 album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.



A live video clip of this song from the DVD Vertigo 2005: Live From Chicago is featured in a television commercial promoting the video capable Apple iPod. During that performance, Bono dedicates it to his two daughters. He also said he believes this to be the best song on How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. In concerts in December 2005, Bono has said the song is one of many influenced by John Lennon's music. The music video for the single utilised animated computer-generated imagery by Spontaneous, something unprecedented for U2 videos.

Live performances

In concert form during the Vertigo Tour, the song was played with The Edge on piano, often accompanied by Bono on acoustic guitar. On rare occasions, it was played with The Edge on electric guitar, in a performance which was accompanied by a pianist and full orchestra, much similar to the performance of the album, and one of those performances was at their show in Milan, Italy in July 2005, which appeared on the Vertigo 05: Live from Milan bonus DVD for U2's 2006 compilation U218 Singles.


The song was added to the playlists of thirteen alternative rock radio stations. However, it failed to break the top 40, thus not charting on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. Instead it hovered around #60, rising to #55 in mid-January. However, it never gained enough airplay to enter the chart. It was slated for a UK release and was playlisted by Xfm London, Virgin Radio, and made the B-List of BBC Radio 2.


Chart (2005) Peak
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[1] 16

Track listing

The U.S. promo was released in late 2005, while the U.K. promo was released in early 2006.

U.S. Promotional Single / Interscope INTR-11595-2
No. Title Length
1. "Original of the Species" (album version) 4:29
Total length:
U.K. Promotional Single / Island U2PRO6
No. Title Length
1. "Original of the Species" (single version) 4:29
Total length:


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