On this day in 1981: U2 released October

October is the second studio album by U2. It was released on 12 October 1981 by Island Records, and was produced by Steve Lillywhite.

The recording sessions were complicated by Bono’s loss of a briefcase containing in-progress lyrics for the new songs, forcing a hurried, improvisational approach to completing the album on time.

October was preceded by the lead single “Fire” in July 1981, while its second single, “Gloria”, coincided with its release. The album received mixed reviews and limited radio play. In 2008, a remastered edition of October was released.