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One of U2's best albums only had two singles ... including this lost classic

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Band Aid was a call to conscience for many musicians in the '80s. It was Band Aid that ignited the humanitarian efforts for U2's Bono and started his Unforgettable Fire.

Three months before their involvement with Band Aid, U2 secluded themselves in Ireland's Slane Castle and - with the help of producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois - forged a new atmospheric sound with The Unforgettable Fire. Only two singles were released from the album, Pride (In The Name Of Love) that became U2's first Top 40 hit in the U.S. and the title track, which did not chart on in the U.S. However The Unforgettable Fire was a Top 10 hit in the U.K. and was U2's first No. 1 single in their home country of Ireland.

The inspiration for The Unforgettable Fire was an art exhibit of the same name about the atomic bombings in Japan during WWII that the band viewed while visiting the Peace Museum in Chicago earlier in 1984. The music video for The Unforgettable Fire was also included a 1985 VHS special on the making of The Unforgettable Fire album that includes such nuggets as the band viewing an eclipse while The Unforgettable Fire plays in the background.

With his humanitarian efforts too long to list, Bono is easily one of the great ambassadors of rock 'n' roll and - like Bob Geldof - has been knighted. As a bonus, Bono also has been a Time magazine's Man Of Year (2005) in his resume. U2 has been recording in 2016 and there probably will be a new album and tour sometime in 2017.  

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 11:52am]


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