In all the controversy over U2's release strategy
for Songs of Innocence
everyone seems to have forgotten what the actual album sounded like. Not Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighter fame, though. "It just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it," Hawkins told theMusic.com.au. Which, if you believe South Park's characterization of Bono (that he's actually a walking piece of feces), makes a certain kind of sense. Wouldn't a gigantic piece of shit produce music that sounded suspiciously
like a bowel movement?
Not that Hawkins stopped there (though he did pull his more juvenile punches). He had as many complaints
about the release strategy U2 implemented as anybody. "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' he noted, before musing if it wasn't this kind of overbearing behavior that had lost U2 so much of the public good will and critical acclaim they once held.
Which really does raise the old question: what happened to the world's self-proclaimed "Biggest Rock Band?" God only knows, but it's rare that a band that seemed such a staple for so long just turns into a pariah that quickly. Maybe U2 was just a musical bowel movement we were all trying to pass and now that it's done we want nothing to do with it (OK, OK, enough with the fecal jokes)?