In the months since U2 slipped Songs Of Innocence into everyone’s iTunes library without asking, many musicians have taken aim at Bono and company, a list that includes Tyler, The Creator, Trent Reznor, Patrick Carney, and Nick Mason. That list grew one longer over the weekend when Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins told Australia’s The Music that he, too, was put off by U2’s stunt. Hawkins even went so far as to say that the muffed spectacle clouded his experience of the music — clouded it like a fart, specifically.
Hawkins questioned U2’s foresight and cackled at the puzzled social media response to Songs Of Innocence:
I mean, I think they probably thought it was gonna be a great idea, “Here’s the deal: everybody who has an iPhone, gets your record. And they get it for free!” And they thought, probably, “Well that’s pretty awesome!” but they didn’t really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with like, “[In menacing voice] You have the new U2 record”… You couldn’t get rid of it and they actually had to come up with an app to get rid of it, that’s horrible.
I liked all the YouTube footage of all the crap: “What the fuck is this shit doin’ on my phone, dog? Get this shit off my phone, dog!” Haha, it was like, HAHAHAHAhahaha.
He went on to dismiss U2’s new songs and proclaimed that the “Orwellian” nature of the release ruined the album for him:
What happened to U2, man? I don’t think people are that hyped on them… I don’t know that any of that new album has anything great on it. I listened to it once, but it’s so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it.
Some might argue that Hawkins’ own gimmicky new album sounds quite fart-like in its own right.
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