“Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” is a song by Irish rock band U2. It was released as the second single from their tenth studio album, All That You Can’t Leave Behind, on 29 January 2001. The song won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 2002. Lead vocalist Bono has said the song was inspired by a fictional conversation with his friend Michael Hutchence about suicide.
“Stuck in a Moment You Can’t Get Out Of” emerged while The Edge was working on a gospel-influenced chord progression on the piano.
U2’s lead singer Bono wrote the song about the suicide of his close friend Michael Hutchence, lead singer of the band INXS. The song is written in the form of an argument about suicide in which Bono tries to convince Hutchence of the act’s foolishness. Bono characterized the song as a fight between friends, which he felt guilty for never having with Hutchence. As Bono said in 2005, “It’s a row between mates. You’re kinda trying to wake them up out of an idea. In my case, it’s a row I didn’t have while he was alive. I feel the biggest respect I could pay to him was not to write some stupid soppy song, so I wrote a really tough, nasty little number, slapping him around the head. And I’m sorry, but that’s how it came out of me.”
Mick Jagger and his daughter Elizabeth recorded backing vocals for the song, although these did not make the final mix.
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