Friday, January 31, 2014

In the Name of the Father

One of the most striking collaborations of the mid-1990s is the 1994 team-up between U2 frontman Bono and alt-rock enfant terrible Gavin Friday on the title track to Jim Sheridan's biopic of the Guildford Four, specifically Gerry Conlon, 'In the Name of the Father'. An invigorating and rousing musical melange of pulsing bodhran cadences, corruscating, distorted thrash-guitar riffs, and a keening, sampled Uillean-pipe solo, this remarkable modern-rock composition also received a compelling and suitably gritty video-clip treatment, featuring requisite selected footage from the film, interspersed with stock images of the Irish Troubles of the 1970s.


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