(quote from bono) what the song did capture eloquently was the sense of doom that surrounded the death of small close-knit mining communities.
katie duncan nick_tiger_babyyahoo.com (contributed before the 20:th of February 1998)
Despite its American-sounding title, the track 'Red Hill Mining Town' moves the focus of the LP at least slightly closer to home. Inspired by the 1984 [British] miners' strike led by Arthur Scargill, it would seem to allude to coal board chairman Ian McGregor as the villian of the piece...
As Bono explains, the song... is actually about the breakup of a relationship under the strains of the strike.
-from NME magazine, an interview by Adrian Thrills, from 14 March 1987
Meghan, meggie1214REMOVETHISyahoo.com (28:th of February 2003)