Aug
06
2009

It Was Twenty Years Ago...

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'New Year's Day' is the soundtrack to a new TV spot from The European Commission, celebrating the 20th anniversary of free elections in Poland this year.

The video takes place on the birthday of a Polish girl Marta who was born on the 4th of June 1989 - the date of the first elections in Poland after the fall of Communism. It documents key events and people in the recent history of Poland: the Solidarnosc movement with its leader Lech Walesa, Polish Round Table Talks, integration with NATO and the EU.

New Year's Day, the band's debut UK ten hit back in 1983, was inspired by Solidarnosc. You can find it on War.

Thanks to EUtube. (You can now only view this clip in certain countries.)

19  Comments
ewiercinska - 06 August, 2009
Dziekuje
I just love it! My favorite band and the history of my country in one. Unforgettable Polish '80!
mayra11 - 06 August, 2009
twenty years ago
Wow, wonderful images for a wonderful song
OlaGoor - 17 June, 2009
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It's my brave nation :) I'm proud of these day. Thank you for the spot!!!! CU in Chorzow! ;)
scrumpy - 13 June, 2009
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I can't believe it has been over 25 years since the day I first heard that wonderful song.But to this day,even after hearing it thousands of times it still brings an unexplainable tear to my eyes.I think it is the emotion in Bono's voice.
- 11 June, 2009
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Beautiful song.Thanks!
dirk1968 - 11 June, 2009
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Those were my 'Wonder Years'
fabioemichela - 11 June, 2009
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Oh U2....the sound of my life..the sound of the world....
BoonetheAiredale - 10 June, 2009
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It's music that binds decades
glorydaz - 10 June, 2009
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stunning.......
lufego - 10 June, 2009
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New years day it is a great an powerful song, that whe it was released in the War Album (long play...long time ago...lol..) and still very actual, atrong and amazing. Cheers from Brazil, Luiz.
- 10 June, 2009
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cool video..
bronxirish1963 - 09 June, 2009
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Very nice tribute to the Polish freedom movement. But why show President Clinton? President Ronald Reagan along with Pope John Paul and PM Thatcher made it all possible.,
Ausknutz - 09 June, 2009
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great video!! Didn´t know it!!
mpsarch - 09 June, 2009
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This is a great tv spot!  I got a tear in my eye at "Thank You!" at the very end....
hand195 - 09 June, 2009
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It's good that things are remembered!
Focus3 - 09 June, 2009
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Can't wait to see you guys in Chorzow
electricco - 09 June, 2009
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I Will Always Love NewYear'sDay ... what a PeaceSong ! Like many fans its was my1st U2song heard on the Radio .... 1983
mariabella - 09 June, 2009
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That' so cool ! U2 music is always a great soundtrack for important moments of our history. The boys are the best , now and forever!!
daddysgirl - 09 June, 2009
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My all time U2 favorite, and in many ways and times
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