"In the Name of the Father" - Bono and Gavin Friday


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Full Track Listing:

  • In the Name of the Father (7” Edit) (4:48)
  • In the Name of the Father (Unidare Mix) (5:59)
  • In the Name of the Father (Beats Mix) (5:38)
  • In the Name of the Father (Instrumental) (5:54)
  • Eden (4:37)
  • In the Name of the Father (Soundtrack Album Version) (5:43)

Background Information

Bono along with Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer wrote three songs for inclusion in the film “In the Name of the Father”. They recorded two of the songs themselves, and the third was recorded by Sinéad O’Connor. One of the songs that Bono recorded with Gavin Friday was “In the Name of the Father”, the title track on the soundtrack, and the first music you hear in the film. The song is played as the bomb goes off. The bomb detonation is synched with the point that the song picks up. The first single released from the movie was the Bono and Gavin penned “You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart” recorded by Sinéad O’Connor. “In the Name of the Father” was chosen as the second single from the soundtrack and was released on March 28, 1993.

The single itself features a picture of Daniel Day-Lewis on the cover, with the lyrics of the song written over his face in white. Only the name of the song, as well as Bono and Gavin Friday are written in red. The single was released in a variety of formats including 7-Inch and 12-Inch vinyl, cassette and 5-Inch CD. The 7-Inch single and cassette are backed with a solo song, “Eden” from Gavin Friday’s 1992 solo album “Adam ‘n’ Eve”. Bono had no participation in that song. The 7-Inch, as well as the CD used the “7” Edit” of “In the Name of the Father” as the main track, the 12-Inch used the “Album Version” instead. Both the CD and 12-Inch vinyl were filled out with three remixes of the title track, “Unidare Mix”, “Beats Mix” and “Instrumental Version”.

A video was filmed for the song. It opens with drummers performing in an industrial room with a close up of Bono spinning in circles overlaid singing the song. It then cuts to film footage, with a close up of Gavin singing the song overlaid. The entire song was filmed in black and white. The footage of Gavin and Bono repeats throughout the song. The video ends with two masked shirtless men fighting using crosses as weapons.

The song peaked at #46 in the UK charts upon release.

Liner Notes

In the Name of the Father (Various Mixes):
Written by Bono, Gavin Friday, Maurice Seezer. Bono and Gavin Friday: Vocals. Maurice Seezer: Keyboards, programming, distorted accordion, bass, guitar, percussion. Tommy Hayes: Drums, percussion. Dave Clayton: Additional keyboards. Tim Simenon: Additional drums, sample programming. Paul Barrett: Percussion. Produced by Tim Simenon and Gavin Friday. Recording engineer: Paul Barrett. Mix Engineer: Q. Bass: Jah Wobble. Mixed at Wisseloord, Holland. Programming Engineer: Kerry Hopwood. Assistant engineer: Atticus Ross. Sample of ‘An Ras’ by Tommy Hayes, licensed courtesy of Mulligan Records & Swing Music. Additional production and remix by Tim Simenon. Additional remix engineering by Mike Marsh at the Exchange.

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