"There's some beautiful writing, musically rather than lyrically, full of arcing, aching melodies. It's one of the best debut albums of all time, I think."
- Bono on the Boy album
The Unforgettable Fire album title is a reference to "The Unforgettable Fire"—an art exhibit about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The band saw the exhibit in November 1983 in Japan while on the War Tour.