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March 31st, 2005

Song of The Day @ 04:00 pm

hue126:
I'm currently feelin: satisfied satisfied
I'm currently hearin: U2, "Pride (In The Name of Love)"

Today's selection is

"Pride (In The Name of Love)" from The Unforgettable Fire (1984)

Thoughts: I know it's completely cliché, but this remains my favorite U2 song of all-time. Probably because it was the first song I remember hearing of the band and it was the song that made me fall in love with U2. Yes, once again, I say that I've succombed to cliché, but I don't care really. "Pride" is the song that, I think, defines U2 more than anything else. There is no other song, at least from the time I started listening to music, that so signifies any other band than this song. It's like actors in defining roles. You can't imagine any other band would have the guts to match what U2 did with this song. If I were to hear a cover of this song, I would turn the radio off. No question. No other band can duplicate the signature sound that U2 does. Okay, enough gushing. The song begins on the perfect note and just jumps right into it. The chorus is as anthemic as they come. What's unique about this U2 song is that, ever since I first heard it ten years ago (during a preview for a movie no less), I've developed favorable feelings to different parts of the song. I first loved the backing, driving guitar, then I loved the beginning of the second verse ("One man caught on a barbed wire fence"), then I loved the instrumental bridge (which, I think, remains such a strong solo), and then the "Mmm"'s that followed, and it goes back and forth. I just, I love this song with all my heart. I break into cheers whenever I hear it on the radio or it plays on my Winamp list. It was the song that made me a U2 fan.
 
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From:volare
Date:April 1st, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
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"caught" on a barbed wire fence
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From:hue126
Date:April 1st, 2005 12:08 am (UTC)
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I dunno. For some reason, I've heard come and caught through multiple listens. It's strange...
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From:canadanne
Date:April 1st, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)

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Caught, for sure. It doesn't really make sense with "come".
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From:canadanne
Date:April 1st, 2005 12:11 am (UTC)
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What can I say about Pride... it's another one of those weird mixed-feelings songs for me. The fact that it's an absolute classic goes without saying. I love the bit in the Unforgettable Fire documentary where you get to see Bono performing his lines (and the others joke that he's not being passionate enough), it really brings the song to life. Love the backing vocals, love the anthemic chorus, especially love the "shot rings out in the Memphis sky-yyy" line. But I can't say it's one of my favourites... it feels somehow overplayed. (The really confusing thing is, although I'd be happy to see it dropped from the setlist, I must admit it turned out to be one of my personal highlights when I saw them on the last tour. The crowd singalong was surprisingly thrilling!)
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From:corianderstem
Date:April 1st, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
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I'm with you. I hardly listen to it, but I can't deny its power. It's just a great song. Just overplayed.

My favorite rendition is the version from R&H. I don't know if they amplified the crowd noise at the end of the film version, or turned it down on the soundtrack, but when you're watching the movie, and the last chorus comes up, the crowd is as loud as Bono, and I LOVE that kind of thing. Goosebumps every time.
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From:meineuphorie
Date:April 1st, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
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It's kind of funny you pick that one - it came on in the dining hall while I was eating dinner with my friend a few hours ago. I started telling her how good this song makes me feel; it actually still gives me the chills when I hear it sometimes. I can really feel it.
From:derangedmylove
Date:April 1st, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
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i was listening to the bootleg of prode when i logged on to this page lol
From:derangedmylove
Date:April 1st, 2005 12:29 am (UTC)
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*pride*
From:hot_coffee
Date:April 1st, 2005 01:05 am (UTC)
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Pride (In the Name of Love) is an amazing song. There's so much power and energy in it. At first I wasn't sure what he was singing about until I found out later that he was singing about Martin Luther King which is really awesome since I adore that man. The song has a really great message.
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:April 1st, 2005 02:23 am (UTC)
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This song is one of my favorites. I love it to death. I normally listen to it to give me a little kick in the mornings, since I am not a morning person. It packs so much energy in it, that you just can't help but feel energized from it. The drums are really fun to tap along with, too.
From:sabneraznik
Date:April 1st, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
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This is the song that hooked me too, and I was only 4 or 5 years old, but since I found others I like better. I'll never diss it though as it remains vintage/masterpiece U2. An amazing song!!

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