"It's arcade music but at the base it's a kind of dark energy that we're tapping into. It's us trying to get into somebody's head. What we were trying to do is recreate that feeling of sensory overload." - Bono on "Numb"
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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.