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


As Foo Fighters continue to zip down the road with Sonic Highways, drummer Taylor Hawkins has taken aim at U2 by saying U2 photographed by John Wrightthat their new album, Songs of Innocence, “sounds like a fart.”

In an interview with, Hawkins discussed Bono and the boys’ much-maligned Apple-aided release strategy, before going on to critique how new U2 music is sounding nowadays.

Offered Hawkins: “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, ‘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.”

When getting into the actual music that makes up Songs of Innocence, Hawkins admitted to only listening to the album once, but said that he didn’t hear “anything great on it.” He added: “What happened to U2, man? I don’t think people are that hyped on them.”

Then, came the stink bomb: “[Songs of Innocence is] 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.”

To be fair, early reviews of the new, ambitious Foo Fighters album have been mixed thus far. There’s no word yet on whether or not Bono thinks Sonic Highways resembles a belch.

-Adam Grant

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