Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?

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The Edges Cat

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Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« on: January 29, 2020, 11:04:30 PM »
It's been six years and the man has been amazingly tight-lipped, not a single peep.
The Edge: “[Eno] would love to see us making albums a bit more like [Zooropa]. Where we go, ‘You know what? We’re not going to second-guess any of this. Let’s just go for it.’”

U2 Fans: We'd all love to see that, Edge.

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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2020, 11:15:25 PM »
It's been six years and the man has been amazingly tight-lipped, not a single peep.

I remember reading something. I’ll dig a bit.
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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2020, 11:23:11 PM »
It's been six years and the man has been amazingly tight-lipped, not a single peep.

I think he said they're incredibly frustrating to work with.


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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2020, 11:33:24 PM »
What I read was from Lanois, back in 2014. I think DM rarely gives interviews


"Lucky for me, for my health, I’m not doing the new U2 record," he said with a laugh. "They’re hard to do. I don’t know how to say it. They expect a lot and want a lot and should get a lot. Sometimes it means you gotta sit in the chair for two years, as I’ve done. I’m glad Danger Mouse is doing it and not me. I’ll have a whisky with Danger Mouse in about a year’s time and we can tell some old war stories."
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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2020, 11:41:47 PM »
Six years and still too traumatised to talk about it.
The Edge: “[Eno] would love to see us making albums a bit more like [Zooropa]. Where we go, ‘You know what? We’re not going to second-guess any of this. Let’s just go for it.’”

U2 Fans: We'd all love to see that, Edge.

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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2020, 08:51:02 AM »
Id imagine the frustration between albums that fans feel, is NOTHING compared to that felt by those producing the u2 album. I could well imagine u2 testing the patience of a saint. That said...id love to be present and have my say on the recording of a u2 album. I think i could help deliver a killer album
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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2020, 12:12:56 PM »
i would think that there must be some kind of code to not spill the beans on the musicians you work with.  why let the public behind the curtain?

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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2020, 01:02:05 PM »
He’s a classy dude and wouldn’t spill anything too bad but U2 is notorious among producers and I’ve always wished they’d try a self-produced album with Edge at the wheel
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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2020, 01:04:04 PM »
He’s a classy dude and wouldn’t spill anything too bad but U2 is notorious among producers and I’ve always wished they’d try a self-produced album with Edge at the wheel
THIS. Although, we'd have to wait a long time...our Edge is a bit picky.
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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2020, 01:14:37 PM »
He’s a classy dude and wouldn’t spill anything too bad but U2 is notorious among producers and I’ve always wished they’d try a self-produced album with Edge at the wheel
THIS. Although, we'd have to wait a long time...our Edge is a bit picky.
i would think at this point they should be able to produce their own album, but i don't think they ever will.  that would be too much pressure on them.  at least if an album fails, there's someone to share the blame.

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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2020, 01:18:21 PM »
He’s a classy dude and wouldn’t spill anything too bad but U2 is notorious among producers and I’ve always wished they’d try a self-produced album with Edge at the wheel
THIS. Although, we'd have to wait a long time...our Edge is a bit picky.

Not picky enough to jib garbage like that refujesus song et al

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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2020, 02:33:50 PM »
It's called an NDA.  As in Non Discosure Agreement... pretty soon, fans may be asked to sign them before a U2 show...

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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2020, 04:41:45 PM »
I think they're much loved  (that's why people work with them for decades) but they just make collaborators go a bit mad (see Streets). They constantly rework their creations, question everything, use the studio to develop ideas rather than record like most bands and increasingly set various producers loose on their material in multiple studios and then bin a lot of it. Plus a singer who is designing the next tour before they've even finished a song and talking about 17 different things at the same time. Who was it that said "U2 albums take a long time, not because they're short of ideas but because they never stop talking about them..."
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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2020, 06:54:31 PM »
Yep total personal respect, but working with them... can be a nightmare haha. Imagine thinking a song is in the can, all done... and you hear Edge is still tinkering with it months after you've left and a week from the album release.
The Edge: “[Eno] would love to see us making albums a bit more like [Zooropa]. Where we go, ‘You know what? We’re not going to second-guess any of this. Let’s just go for it.’”

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Re: Has Danger Mouse ever spilled the beans on working with U2?
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2020, 08:23:30 AM »
I would gladly pay big money to hear Daniel Lanois’s early mix of NLOTH. I believe he said something like he wished they’d let him release it.

I think Zooropa is the closest we’ll get to an Edge produced album.

I also think that great records come from collaborations between artists & producers where the producer is free to interfere and the artist trusts his judgement. It doesn’t seem to be the case with U2 since Howie B on Pop. It’s also why many producers would never in a million years produce a U2 album. I’m thinking Nigel Godrich, Butch Vig, Stephen Street... and younger dudes I don’t even know.

Steve Lillywhite has been working with them the longest because he can handle the diva crap to a point. And he’s a loyal friend. I’m sure he has many stories we’ll probably never hear.
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