Throwback Video of the Week!

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This being the week of St. Patrick’s Day, it’s only fitting to have Ireland represented with a Throwback Video. And there are no better ambassadors for the Emerald Isle than U2.

Although not all born in Ireland, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. all grew up in and around Dublin. Two of the videos for their 1984 single “Pride (In the Name of Love)” were filmed on Irish soil.

Written about Martin Luther King Jr., the song was the second track on U2’s album, The Unforgettable Fire. “Pride (In the Name of Love)” received mixed reviews from critics at the time, but turned out to be a major commercial success for the band and became one of their most popular singles.

A total of three music videos were made for “Pride (In the Name of Love).” The first was filmed by director Donald Cammell and features opening and closing shots of the Dublin Docklands area.

The members of U2 weren’t happy with Cammell’s video, so they agreed to let their official photographer, Anton Corbijn, shoot another one. Corbijn’s video features U2 standing in front of a wall in a poorly-lit basement near London’s Heathrow Airport.

U2 was also unsatisfied with that one and a third video was produced by compiling footage shot during The Unforgettable Fire recording sessions at historic Slane Castle, approximately 45 minutes north of Dublin.