Mon. Nov. 29, 2021

U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love) (Island)

Classics: U2 – Pride (In The Name Of Love) (Island)

Pride… In the name of love!
That Apr. 04, 1968 stands as one of the most tragic dates. Not only in the history of the United States and its Afro-American community. But also, and more widely in the one of humanity, with the assassination of iconic Martin Luther King, Jr. A man who dedicated his life to the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs.

He successively led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott then helped founding the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957. But also a 1962 struggle against segregation in Albany, GA (the Albany Movement) although without succeeding. And he helped putting together the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, AL.. This before organizing the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. This eselfstablishing him as one of the greatest orators in American history.

Planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign back in 1968, he was assassinated on Apr. 04 that same year in Memphis, TN.

“Early morning, April four, Shot rings out in the Memphis sky. Free at last, they took your life, They could not take your pride…”, sing Irish band U2 as a vibrant tribute to him on the Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois 1984 produced ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’. Eventually bringing social content back to a genre – Rock – that had lost most of it with the end of the Vietnam War.

Question: what/how ever art would be without those who’ve infringed the (admitted) rules? Hell yes, the same every day routine, I would tend to think. If not the same ol’ sh**… This with people sounding the same from day #1 to their very last at the end. Is this what we want? I seriously doubt it. Even though many are those of us who’ve shown their disagreement. This when their favorite artist dared bringin’ them away from their so to say comfort zone. With examples being countless whatever the genre may be. From Miles Davis to Chicago, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones or U2, to name a few.

Hailing from Dublin where they saw the light back in 1976, U2 have never ceased redefining themselves along with time. With their sound built around Bono‘s expressive vocals and the Edge‘s effects-based guitar textures. They made themselves quite a reputation as a politically and socially conscious group. This with the memorable ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’ and ‘Pride (In the Name of Love)’. But also for their impressive live performances starting from the mid-80’s. Then came the 90’s and the integration of EDM vibes into their sound…

One could feel an ongoing mutation with the release of ‘Achtung Baby’ back in 1991. An album which saw them collaborating with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois. With Farley & Heller eventually reworking ‘Salomé’. But also Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne remixing ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ and ‘Mysterious Ways’. Then ‘Lemon’ from U2‘s ‘Zoorapa’ album in 1993.

Despite regular internal tensions between the members of the group, U2 kept on exploring new territories. Teamin’ up with producers Nellee Hooper, Howie B, Flood and Steve Osborne. And makin’ quite a sensation with the firing ‘Discothèque’. One of the highlights from their 1997 ‘Pop’ album. But also engendering critics from those who thought they were goin’ too far.
With the all in all mixed success of their experimentations during the decade, the group decided it was time to simplify their sound and get back to like a band in a room playing together…

‘Songs Of Experience’, U2‘s 14th and last studio album to date, saw the light in December 2017…

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