“Pride (In The Name Of Love)” was the first import 12″ single I ever purchased. I bought it at Sound Warehouse on Belt Line Road in North Dallas in September of 1984, and it cost me $7.99. A week or so earlier, I had purchased The Unforgettable Fire album (on the day of its release, of course) for a mere $5.99. Thanks, Q Card!
I had discovered a new vice: the import single, and with it the glory of owning non-album b-sides. Life– and my wallet– would never be the same again. Soon I was regularly shelling out $7.99 to get my hands on one non-album Iron Maiden track, but I didn’t mind because I had something none of my friends had. The artwork was pretty kick-ass, too!
The single version of “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” is notable in that it is actually longer than the version on The Unforgettable Fire. If you think Bono tears his vocal cords to shreds on the album version, just wait until you hear this one! “Boomerang I” and “Boomerang II” are outtakes from The Unforgettable Fire sessions, and the 12″ also includes a slightly longer version of the 1980 single “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” (along with its original b-side “Touch”).
The Analog Kid hopes you enjoy this classic U2 release on this very special holiday.
U2: Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Island Records, 1984
1. “Pride (In The Name Of Love)” [Single Version] (U2)
2. “Boomerang I” (U2)
3. “Boomerang II” (U2)
4. “11 O’Clock Tick Tock” [Long Version] (U2)
5. “Touch” (U2)
The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.
U2: “4th Of July” [Long Version] (U2)
From the 12″ single Pride (In The Name Of Love)
Island Records, 1984
U2: “Pride (In The Name Of Love” [Live] (U2)
From the album Greenpeace: Rainbow Warriors
Geffen Records, 1989
U2: Live From Paris (July 4, 1987)
iTunes Exclusive, 2008
“The Unforgettable Fire” (U2)
Iron Maiden: “Cross-Eyed Mary” (Anderson)
From the 12″ single The Trooper
EMI Records, 1983
Ah, memories. I was given the promo copy of “The Unforgettable Fire” when I worked at the record store (back when it was truly a record store). No one else wanted it. Just like everyone claims to have been at the Bronco Bowl “that night,” everyone claims to have immediately loved this record. The truth is that it was a bit of a commercial disappointment ( awesome single notwithstanding).
Totally true. I loved it, but I played it for a lot of friends who just didn’t get it. I took a cute girl to the show at Reunion Arena in early ’85, and she didn’t know much about the band, I played the whole album for her before the show, and after hearing “Bad” she said, “That’s my favorite so far.” That made me happy.