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Foo Fighters about U2′s New Album: “Sounds Like a Fart”

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Pink Floyd criticized them, [1]  Everclear mocked them, [2] Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne dissed them, [3] and some people on Twitter had no idea who they were. [4] Now Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins has joined the ranks of those who have expressed their distaste for U2’s latest album, Songs of Innocence and the way it was released and marketed to the fans. [5]  Speaking with theMusic.com.au, Hawkins took issue with the widely criticized release of the album via iTunes:

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. [6]

It wasn’t just the method of distribution that Hawkins found offensive, however, as he also questioned the direction the band is taking, “What happened to U2, man? I don’t think people are that hyped on them.”

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.  [7]

He said he has only listened to Songs of Innocence once, and didn’t find “anything great on it.” He added, “…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.”  [8]  Bono recently did a bit of back pedaling on a previous apology for the release, [9] which he now calls “one of the proudest things for us ever.” [10]

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[1]  Alex Young, Pink Floyd criticize U2 for “devaluing” music, Consequence of Sound, November 02, 2014, 8:00am
[2] Alex Young, Everclear releases new album for free on Windows 10, Consequence of Sound, October 03, 2014, 9:43am
[3] Ozzy Osbourne goes off on ‘selfish’ U2, Toronto Sun, Thursday, October 09, 2014; Ozzy Osbourne, Says U2’s Album Giveway Was ‘Selfish’, Blabbermouth, October 9, 2014; Ozzy Osbourne goes off on ‘selfish’ U2, Nuggets.ca,  Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:42:29 EDT PM
[4] Alex Young, “Who is U2?” Inquiring Twitter users want to know, Consequence of Sound, September 11, 2014, 5:18pm
[5] Ben Kaye, Foo Fighters on U2′s new album: “Sounds like a fart”, Consequence of Sound, November 10, 2014, 12:00pm
[6] Foo Fighters Drummer Slams U2’s ‘Fart’ Of A Record, TheMusic.com.au, Nov 8th 2014 | 1:10pm
[7] Foo Fighters Drummer Slams U2’s ‘Fart’ Of A Record, TheMusic.com.au, Nov 8th 2014 | 1:10pm
[8] Foo Fighters Drummer Slams U2’s ‘Fart’ Of A Record, TheMusic.com.au, Nov 8th 2014 | 1:10pm
[9] Alex Young, Bono apologizes for U2′s Apple release stunt: “Oops … I’m sorry about that”, Consequence of Sound, October 14, 2014, 5:15pm
[10] Rachel Brodsky , Sorry, Not Sorry: Bono Forgets Ever Apologizing for ‘Songs of Innocence’, Spin.com, November 7 2014, 2:49 PM ET

About Bill Wallace

Bill Wallace is a self-fashioned writter, a computer programmer and cybermarketer from Quebec City, Canada who decided to enter the political arena after his disillusionment with the socialist system under which he was living in the French Canadian province of Quebec.

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