"I used more film for this album than for any other project I've worked on. We had nudity, cross-dressing, masks, exotic walls and borins beaches, serious fun and serious men, cars and animals in front of the camera."
- Anton Corbijn on Achtung Baby
Although instrumental, the song '4th Of July' was recorded on the 4th of July, it is about how they felt that day. The Edge was playing the guitar, completely unaware that Brian Eno (one of the producers) was recording it.