"'Boots' was an absolutely catastrophic choice for a single. It was madness, but the decision was made, and that was the beginning of the end. We never recovered from it."
- Larry Mullen
While the band and crew were working on the Joshua Tree album's mixing, Lillywhite's wife, singer Kirsty MacColl, volunteered to set the running order for the album. The band told her to put "Where the Streets Have No Name" first and "Mothers of the Disappeared" last, with the rest sequenced according to her preference.