“Pride (In the Name of Love)” is a song by the Irish rock band U2. It was released in September 1984 with “Boomerang II” on the B-side as the lead single from their fourth studio album “The Unforgettable Fire.” The song is one of U2’s most well-known and enduring hits, and it holds a significant place in the band’s discography and the history of rock music. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” became a commercial success, reaching high positions on charts around the world, incl. #1 in New Zealand, #3 in the UK and #2 on Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. It solidified U2’s status as a globally influential rock band and remains one of their most iconic tracks.
“Pride (In the Name of Love)” is a tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The music itself features U2’s signature blend of rock and post-punk elements, with The Edge’s distinctive guitar work, Bono’s emotive vocals, and a driving rhythm section. The song’s production creates a sense of urgency and passion, matching the song’s thematic content.
Three music videos were made. The first was shot in August by director Donald Cammell and features opening and closing shots of the Dublin Docklands area. Two versions of this video exist; black and white and colour (sepia). The band were not satisfied with Cammell’s video, and they agreed to their principal photographer, Anton Corbijn, shooting an alternative. The second video was filmed in a basement near London’s Heathrow Airport, it features U2 standing sternly in front of a wall under poor lighting conditions. The U2 camp was also unimpressed with this video and a third video is produced by compiling footage shot during The Unforgettable Fire recording sessions at Slane Castle. The original (black and white) Cammell video was primarily used in promotion.
The song’s impact goes beyond its commercial success, as it continues to be celebrated for its poignant lyrics and its tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. It has been performed at numerous U2 concerts and remains a significant part of the band’s live performances. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” is not only a musical masterpiece but also a reminder of the power of music to convey meaningful messages and inspire positive change.