Tune du Jour: “Pride” – U2
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Brown Derbies vs. The Roayl Philharmonic Orchestra vs. Soweto Gospel Choir
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Read it in the Sunday Papers …

British police said an 86-year-old woman fought off a would-be robber by “repeatedly hitting the offender over the head with a packet of bacon.”




The Original



THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


The Brown Derbies vs. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra vs. Soweto Gospel Choir
The Brown Derbies:

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:

Soweto Gospel Band:

Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 


  1. Cuspid says:

    The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has my vote. Those french horns will get me every time. As much as I love guitar – and you all know how much I love guitar – nothing inspires quite like the french horn section of an orchestra.

  2. Arnold Plotnick says:

    This is my favorite U2 song, as I’ve mentioned before. The Edge has a signature guitar sound, a ringing, chiming sound that I’ve loved from the very beginning, and this song, I think, exemplifies it more than just about any other. I know that “One” is regarded by many as Bono’s songwriting pinnacle, but this is the song that does it for me. The verse about shots ringing out on April 4th, where Bono sings “Free at last, they took your life, they could not take your pride” never fails to move me, even after a thousand listenings.

    I thought the Brown Derbies did a really good job. Great voices, great arrangement, and I admire the way they used their voices as the instruments during what would have been the guitar solo. But it felt too much like it was more suitable for an episode of “Glee” than for a Cover Me Impressed competition. I did not like the Royal Philharmonic version at all, I must say. While I love the music and melody, the song is too lyrically powerful for me to vote for a version that eliminates the lyrics. Then I got to the Soweto Gospel Choir’s version. I wouldn’t say I was blown away, but almost. A gospel choir is a fitting choice to cover this song, and their voices are terrific, although I was bummed that the guitar-interlude section was gone. But then again, it had to be. It wouldn’t be fitting, I guess, for a gospel choir to imitate musical instruments with their voice. That’s too “Glee”-ish. Anyway, they got my vote rather decisively.

  3. RDubbs says:

    While the Brown Derbies and London Philharmonic acquitted themselves well I give it to the Soweto Choir going away.

  4. Kerry Black says:

    Three very different takes, and all quite different from the original. I listened to each cover twice before voting for Soweto Gospel Choir.

  5. Pete Black says:

    I don’t think I have ever listened to this song by choice until this. It was so omnipresent when it hit. Radio and MTV. I have never owned The Unforgettable Fire. I saw U2 in June of 1983 at the 3700 capacity Sunrise Musical Theater and they were great. They blew up big. Stadium shows, Bono with one of the worst cases ever of what Keith Richards called LVS or lead vocalist syndrome. I kind of blamed it on this shark jumping moment. But after not listening to this song for so long and hearing it from Arnie’s perspective- I liked it.

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