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September 20th, 2008

Song Of The Day @ 01:13 am

canadanne:
I was gonna try and get back into this, wasn't I? Wasn't gonna leave it another 6 months, and yet here we are, almost 6 months later... I'm rubbish. Life gets in the way of everything. :/

Anyway, I started writing this *ages* ago (when the John Legend cover was floating about - it was gonna be all topical!) and I finally remembered to finish it. Maybe I'll get round to posting more soon. Maybe Chass will too! *pokes her* Or even someone else! *pokes everyone*

Right then, on with the show.

There are still a few gaps among the album tracks that have been covered in Song Of The Day, so I thought I'd fill in one of them:

Pride (In The Name Of Love)
from Rattle And Hum

This live version of Pride was the shock winner of our Best Track 9 poll in October 2005, beating One Tree Hill which had surely been the red-hot favourite. (I hadn't expected this to receive many votes at all, especially since the studio version had already won Best Track 2 a week earlier!) So yeah, it must be pretty popular.

You're welcome to share your thoughts either about this performance or Pride in general... it's been over three years since this song last had the SOTD treatment, and I'm sure we've had a lot of new members since then!


Pride appears both on Rattle And Hum the album and in the movie itself - in fact it's the very last song in the film, not counting the studio version of All I Want Is You that plays over the end credits. I think it works pretty well as a joyous finale. (I'm quite ambivalent about Pride - it's a great song but not a personal favourite, and I wouldn't miss it from the live setlist *but* somehow it's always felt like a highlight when I've been at U2 concerts in person. Weird!) This particular performance is from the 8th November 1987 concert at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado. [U2gigs / U2tours]

Highlights for me include...

~ Bono enthusiastically pumping his arms and clapping during the first verse! They certainly could not be accused of going through the motions at this show.

~ Bono swishing his hair about during the second chorus. Man, it's like a L'Oréal advert. *g*

~ "THE EDGE!" Because all the great performances include something along these lines. ;)  (Off-topic, but something I thought of today... it's been far too long since I heard Bono do a really good "YEP!" during a song. Next tour, sort it out!)

~ Bono's voice just being in excellent form, so he can belt it out with all the required passion.

~ Oh oh-oh oh... simple but effective, probably one of the best lines ever designed for crowd singalongs!  I especially like Bono being all smiley when he begins the second call-and-response section.

~ Adam smirking to himself near the end. Hehe!

~ The closing line / scream of awesomeness: "In the name of looooooooove! Oh-oh ohhh ye-eaaaah! Aaaaaaaaggghhh..." [final drumbeat] *Bono flops on his back with his legs in the air* :D  So funny. That last line is my favourite part of the whole song, and I tend to sing it that way even when I listen to different versions of Pride, because otherwise it feels like something's missing!


LYRICS

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come, he to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

One man caught on a barbed wire fence
One man he resist
One man washed on an empty beach
One man betrayed with a kiss

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love
(The Edge!)

Oh oh-oh oh, oh oh-oh oh
Oh oh-oh oh, oh
Oh oh-oh oh...
Oh oh-oh oh oh oh-oh

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

Oh oh-oh oh...
Oh oh-oh oh...
Oh oh-oh oh...
Oh oh-oh oh...

For the Reverend Martin Luther King... sing

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love...



Some questions:
~ Do you have a favourite version or performance of Pride? What makes it special?
~ Should Pride be dropped from future setlists, or is it one of those songs that no U2 concert would be complete without?
 
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From:hard2explain8
Date:September 20th, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't imagine a U2 concert without Pride. Sure, I could do without some of the staples they have on there and I'd love to hear deeper cuts more often, but I get shivers and teary-eyed when I hear the entire crowd singing along even after the band has stopped playing. So powerful!
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From:tinfoilknight
Date:September 24th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
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Canadanne, you're not rubbish! But you are right: life does get in the way of everything. (Point in case: I haven't had the decency to reply to any of the comments left on that post I made back in July, nor have I worked much on the book since -- two things I plan on changing pronto! But I digress like whoa.)

I've always been fond of how Pride just arrives at the end of Rattle and Hum. After the absolutely flooring "color" portion of the movie (Where the Streets Have No Name, MLK, With or Without You, Bullet the Blue Sky, Running to Stand Still -- a line-up well worth writing out!), we have what I think is the most searing version of Sunday Bloody Sunday... the band recovered from Bullet with Running, sure, but how the heck to come back after THAT performance?!

Enter Pride. I think your highlights cover it! It's U2 giving the song its energetic due. Their unabashed joy in playing it is a great answer to their (more than understandable) seriousness in the previous song. And plus, how better to see off the audience than with Adam's smirk (and Bono's collapse)?

As for fave performances? Rattle and Hum aside, I really dig the somewhat abbreviated version from the Popmart Mexico video:



This particular Popmart Bono is a shadow of the super-pumped Rattle and Hum Bono, but what gets me is the choruses, when he struggles to hit the notes and unexpectedly erupts with this beautiful... sound! During ZOOTV, Bono would talk about MacPhisto's falsetto in Can't Help Falling in Love as the voice of youth breaking through the bogged down body -- Comeback Special Elvis his obvious model. For me, this is essentially the same thing: Bono, his voice allll sorts of ragged, fighting to make it through a song he had no problem with even five years earlier.

My complaints for this version, though? Minor mistakes and a mostly subdued Bono aside, they end the song too early! No ohh ahh ahh ohh ohh ahh ahh and certainly no Oh-oh ohhh ye-eaaaah! Aaaaaaaaggghhh...

Jeez, I digress! But great SotD -- do keep 'em going!
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From:tinfoilknight
Date:September 24th, 2008 10:30 am (UTC)
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Er, I meant "Not enough ohh ahh ahh ohh ohh ahh ahh..." Because ohh ohh, they're there, but fade out all too quickly!
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From:canadanne
Date:September 24th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Yay, comments! Thank you, I really enjoyed reading your thoughts. :)  My favourite moment in the PopMart version is where Bono sings "Shot rings out in the Memphis sky" in a really flat way, but in the background you can hear the whole crowd sing the proper "Memphis sky-yyy!" Their enthusiasm totally makes up for Bono's struggling, it's lovely.

And don't think I've forgotten about your book!  I wait impatiently - it's gonna be bloody brilliant if that taster was anything to go by.

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