Sort of Homecoming
Pride (In the Name of Love)
Presley and America
Unforgettable Fire" was a new sound and style for U2. This
was the first album they did not record at Windmill Lane Studios,
and also the first not produced by Steve Lillywhite. A new sound
was sought by recording in a castle-made-studio under the direction
of Brian Eno.
The biggest influence on this album was Martin Luther King,
Jr.; two songs "MLK" and "Pride," pay tribute
to him. U2 has performed "Pride" in almost every concert
since its release; it has been played live more than any other
song. It hit the U.K. top 5, while "MLK" hit top 50 in the United
The change in music style was most noticeable in this album
because the band was experimenting with new ideas. Another significant
track off this album is the song "Bad," which became
popular later in their career.
The title of "The Unforgettable Fire" came from a series of
paintings by survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings
in Japan. The image on the cover was Naydrum Castle, representing
the location where some of the songs were recorded.