"One of Bono's early nicknames was Bon Smelly Arse. I was glad that didn't stick. I don't know if the band would have got very far with a singer called Bon Smelly Arse."
According to an interview from 1982 the song 'October' is about the Bolsheviek revolution in Russia in 1917, that brought Communism to power. This theme is mixed with a personal theme, possibly Bono's mothers death.