“Pride (In The Name of Love)” U2

“Pride (In The Name of Love)” U2

It may have the weird misfortune of being so famous as to be invisible as a classic rock anthem.  The guitar is pure Pink Floyd in the Clash era, the vocals Sinatra gone Jim Sheridan, the lyrics pure rebel poetry, and yet as the familiarity of The Edge’s shredding guitar lick that opens the song sets in, we may feel a little comfortable in the song’s eloquent, propulsive defiance.  That’s the result of the band still getting used to instruments as disparate as The Edge and Bono coming together, but in their discomfort, the band created something astonishingly violent and unique – soulful, political, proto-pop-punk.

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