"One of the hardest things about being in U2 was not belonging to a tradition. In the past, we've gone looking for a tradition to fit into. I mean, we feel close to soul because of the spirituality and the sense of abandon; we feel close to rock 'n' roll because it can confront an issue head-on; we even feel an empathy with folk music because it deals with timeless ideals, not juvenilia. Now, we don't try to fit anymore, we don't even consider ourselves to be a rock 'n' roll band at all."
- Bono, 1992
did you know
Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders sang backing vocals on "Pride". At the time The Unforgettable Fire was recorded, she was married to Jim Kerr of Simple Minds.