Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll: "Pride (In the Name of Love)"

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U2 Pride in the Name of Love, album, single, Martin Luther King Jr. tribute

For its fifth album, 1984's The Unforgettable Fire, U2 switched producers, turning from the crisp style of Steve Lillywhite to the moodier ambiance of Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" was the record's most galvanizing performance, with the band wailing and Bono singing with fiery resolve. The Edge's shimmering guitar chords precede a frenetic rhythm figure; later he adds a trebly modal guitar run. But it's Larry Mullen's explosive drumming, particularly the way he drives the band into the chorus that gives the song its power.  "Pride (In The Name Of Love)" is a tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King, though it celebrates all who expound the transcendent power of non-violence. The song marked the moment U2 stepped out of Ireland to address the world at large. The band's next album, The Joshua Tree, would put the world at its feet. U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 by Bruce Springsteen (watch Springsteen's induction speech here). Click here to watch as Bono, bassist Adam Clayton, guitarist the Edge and drummer Larry Mullen each give acceptance speeches.

WATCH: U2 performs "Pride (In the Name of Love)" live at the 2005 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


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