The song appears on the Achtung Baby album. A live version can also be found on the Zoo-TV: Live from Sydney video. U2 played the song live on the ZOO-TV tour opener on February 29, 1992 in Lakeland, Florida. During the performance of The Fly the screens on stage presented a barrage of phrases and slogans. A performance of The Fly from the June 19, 1992 show at the G-Mex Centre in Manchester can be found on the Stop Sellafield video.
Artists that have covered the song include Blake Carrington on Zoovenir-A Tribute to U2; Studio 99, The Best Of U2-A Tribute; and The Joshua Trio. PM Dawn sampled The Fly on their song Fly Me To The Moon.
'The Fly? Well to me it's the sound of four men chopping down the Joshua Tree.'