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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Pride (In The Name Of Love)’

The song, “Pride (In The Name Of Love)”, was originally recorded by U2 in 1984

“Pride (In The Name Of Love)” was written by Bono, lead singer of Irish band U2 for their fourth studio album, “The Unforgettable Fire”, in 1984. It was released as the lead single in September that year and peaked at No.33 in America and No.3 in the UK – the groups highest charting single thus far in both territories. The song reached the top ten in most other countries and No.2 in their homeland.

The track was covered by US producers Robert Clivilles and David Cole of C&C Music Factory at the beginning of 1992, using a mixture of singer Deborah Cooper’s vocals and Bono’s from the original against a dance/club beat. This reached No.15 in the UK and No.54 in America. The song has also been recorded by the likes of Barbara Dickson, Shawn Colvin, John Legend, and most recently, by Scottish band, Garbage, for the 2021 reissued album, “Beautiful Garbage”.

But which version is the best? U2’s original or CLIVILLES & COLE’s cover?