Every single producer (who has produced more than 1 U2 track - not incl. covers)

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Woah, I just realized that co-incidentally there are 20 options in this list (a nice even number) so you are going to be voting for exactly 1/4 of them!

All of these people have produced at least two U2 tracks. Rick Rubin not included because although he produced Windows In The Skies, 'The Saints Are Coming' was a cover.

Mike Hedges produced the revised best of 1990-2000 versions of Discotheque, Staring At The Sun, Gone and Numb.

Nellee Hooper produced Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me, If You Wear That Velvet Dress, Sometimes You Can't Make It.

William Orbit did Electrical Storm and The Hand's That Built America.

I'd say the rest you guys probably know well enough.. if not go to YouTube type U2+their name+topic and the official audio of all the tracks they produce will appear with the song credits under 'show more'.
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In order:

William Orbit
Chris Thomas
Nellie Hooper
Daniel Lanois (no Eno)
Flood

...as an aside, I wish they would've made an album with Ron St. Germain, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.

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In order:

William Orbit
Chris Thomas
Nellie Hooper
Daniel Lanois (no Eno)
Flood

...as an aside, I wish they would've made an album with Ron St. Germain, but I guess it wasn't meant to be.


That's a unique and cool list. It's always interesting to hear what shade of U2 people prefer the most.
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Flood
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Steve Osborne
Eno
Nellee Hooper


Butch Vig and Nigel Godrich are two i wish they had worked with.

Vig would really sort out the rhythm section!
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Eno, Lanois, Flood, DM, Declan Gaffney

I'm curious as to what people find appealing in Gaffney's stuff, I mean although I wouldn't call it terrible but the tracks he's had the most influence (main production credit) on are Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy, The Miracle, Volcano, American Soul and the horribly mixed Raised By Wolves (which he mixed himself). There is quite a bit of consistency there where the stuff that he's produced the sonics are very bland and very boring (by U2 standards) for example including the embarrassing weed-cutter guitar sound on The Miracle (when it should've been a jet-engine sound), the neutered drums on Volcano and Boots and the mosquito-like drilling guitar sound in Volcano, it's all very dad-rock and dull to my ears.
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Eno, Lanois, Flood, DM, Declan Gaffney

I'm curious as to what people find appealing in Gaffney's stuff, I mean although I wouldn't call it terrible but the tracks he's had the most influence (main production credit) on are Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy, The Miracle, Volcano, American Soul and the horribly mixed Raised By Wolves (which he mixed himself). There is quite a bit of consistency there where the stuff that he's produced the sonics are very bland and very boring (by U2 standards) for example including the embarrassing weed-cutter guitar sound on The Miracle (when it should've been a jet-engine sound), the neutered drums on Volcano and Boots and the mosquito-like drilling guitar sound in Volcano, it's all very dad-rock and dull to my ears.

I like his Fish Out of Water remixes.
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Eno, Lanois, Flood, DM, Declan Gaffney

I'm curious as to what people find appealing in Gaffney's stuff, I mean although I wouldn't call it terrible but the tracks he's had the most influence (main production credit) on are Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy, The Miracle, Volcano, American Soul and the horribly mixed Raised By Wolves (which he mixed himself). There is quite a bit of consistency there where the stuff that he's produced the sonics are very bland and very boring (by U2 standards) for example including the embarrassing weed-cutter guitar sound on The Miracle (when it should've been a jet-engine sound), the neutered drums on Volcano and Boots and the mosquito-like drilling guitar sound in Volcano, it's all very dad-rock and dull to my ears.

I like his Fish Out of Water remixes.

I agree the Even Better Than The Real Thing remix isn't that bad but I'm not talking about remixes, but the album stuff..

It's all very dad-rock and formulaic and dull to my ears. I mean listen to Volcano and Stand Up Comedy they're basically the same song structure and you can hear his repetitive signature all over the songs he's worked on, that's the best word to describe it - Repetitive. That's what I hate about Stand Up Comedy, Volcano, The Miracle - the lack of sonic variety, I'm looking for a bit of shimmery delay added here, an electronic boop, or a change in chords, a drum-fill, a different synth-line added here - literally anything! But it doesn't come and it's the same guitar riff, drum, bass, vocal-line repeated over and over again. I acknowledge that this playing-it-safe is largely down to the band themselves but still they need people around them that will challenge them NOT to take the easy option. Gaffney evidently does not seem to be that person.
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Eno, Lanois, Flood, DM, Declan Gaffney

I'm curious as to what people find appealing in Gaffney's stuff, I mean although I wouldn't call it terrible but the tracks he's had the most influence (main production credit) on are Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy, The Miracle, Volcano, American Soul and the horribly mixed Raised By Wolves (which he mixed himself). There is quite a bit of consistency there where the stuff that he's produced the sonics are very bland and very boring (by U2 standards) for example including the embarrassing weed-cutter guitar sound on The Miracle (when it should've been a jet-engine sound), the neutered drums on Volcano and Boots and the mosquito-like drilling guitar sound in Volcano, it's all very dad-rock and dull to my ears.

I like his Fish Out of Water remixes.

I agree the Even Better Than The Real Thing remix isn't that bad but I'm not talking about remixes, but the album stuff..

It's all very dad-rock and formulaic and dull to my ears. I mean listen to Volcano and Stand Up Comedy they're basically the same song structure and you can hear his repetitive signature all over the songs he's worked on, that's the best word to describe it - Repetitive. That's what I hate about Stand Up Comedy, Volcano, The Miracle - the lack of sonic variety, I'm looking for a bit of shimmery delay added here, an electronic boop, or a change in chords, a drum-fill, a different synth-line added here - literally anything! But it doesn't come and it's the same guitar riff, drum, bass, vocal-line repeated over and over again. I acknowledge that this playing-it-safe is largely down to the band themselves but still they need people around them that will challenge them NOT to take the easy option. Gaffney evidently does not seem to be that person.

TBH, I donít think you can put Gaffney in the same league as Lillywhite or Eno/Lanois.
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I'm curious as to what people find appealing in Gaffney's stuff, I mean although I wouldn't call it terrible but the tracks he's had the most influence (main production credit) on are Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy, The Miracle, Volcano, American Soul and the horribly mixed Raised By Wolves (which he mixed himself). There is quite a bit of consistency there where the stuff that he's produced the sonics are very bland and very boring (by U2 standards) for example including the embarrassing weed-cutter guitar sound on The Miracle (when it should've been a jet-engine sound), the neutered drums on Volcano and Boots and the mosquito-like drilling guitar sound in Volcano, it's all very dad-rock and dull to my ears.

I like his Fish Out of Water remixes.

I agree the Even Better Than The Real Thing remix isn't that bad but I'm not talking about remixes, but the album stuff..

It's all very dad-rock and formulaic and dull to my ears. I mean listen to Volcano and Stand Up Comedy they're basically the same song structure and you can hear his repetitive signature all over the songs he's worked on, that's the best word to describe it - Repetitive. That's what I hate about Stand Up Comedy, Volcano, The Miracle - the lack of sonic variety, I'm looking for a bit of shimmery delay added here, an electronic boop, or a change in chords, a drum-fill, a different synth-line added here - literally anything! But it doesn't come and it's the same guitar riff, drum, bass, vocal-line repeated over and over again. I acknowledge that this playing-it-safe is largely down to the band themselves but still they need people around them that will challenge them NOT to take the easy option. Gaffney evidently does not seem to be that person.

TBH, I donít think you can put Gaffney in the same league as Lillywhite or Eno/Lanois.

I wouldn't put Lillywhite in that league TBH. For me, the essential three is Flood, Eno and Lanois.
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Eno, Lanois, Flood, DM, Declan Gaffney

I'm curious as to what people find appealing in Gaffney's stuff, I mean although I wouldn't call it terrible but the tracks he's had the most influence (main production credit) on are Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy, The Miracle, Volcano, American Soul and the horribly mixed Raised By Wolves (which he mixed himself). There is quite a bit of consistency there where the stuff that he's produced the sonics are very bland and very boring (by U2 standards) for example including the embarrassing weed-cutter guitar sound on The Miracle (when it should've been a jet-engine sound), the neutered drums on Volcano and Boots and the mosquito-like drilling guitar sound in Volcano, it's all very dad-rock and dull to my ears.

I like his Fish Out of Water remixes.

I agree the Even Better Than The Real Thing remix isn't that bad but I'm not talking about remixes, but the album stuff..

It's all very dad-rock and formulaic and dull to my ears. I mean listen to Volcano and Stand Up Comedy they're basically the same song structure and you can hear his repetitive signature all over the songs he's worked on, that's the best word to describe it - Repetitive. That's what I hate about Stand Up Comedy, Volcano, The Miracle - the lack of sonic variety, I'm looking for a bit of shimmery delay added here, an electronic boop, or a change in chords, a drum-fill, a different synth-line added here - literally anything! But it doesn't come and it's the same guitar riff, drum, bass, vocal-line repeated over and over again. I acknowledge that this playing-it-safe is largely down to the band themselves but still they need people around them that will challenge them NOT to take the easy option. Gaffney evidently does not seem to be that person.

TBH, I donít think you can put Gaffney in the same league as Lillywhite or Eno/Lanois.

I wouldn't put Lillywhite in that league TBH. For me, the essential three is Flood, Eno and Lanois.

Lillywhite was an essential collaborator in their early work, IMHO.
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I'm curious as to what people find appealing in Gaffney's stuff, I mean although I wouldn't call it terrible but the tracks he's had the most influence (main production credit) on are Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy, The Miracle, Volcano, American Soul and the horribly mixed Raised By Wolves (which he mixed himself). There is quite a bit of consistency there where the stuff that he's produced the sonics are very bland and very boring (by U2 standards) for example including the embarrassing weed-cutter guitar sound on The Miracle (when it should've been a jet-engine sound), the neutered drums on Volcano and Boots and the mosquito-like drilling guitar sound in Volcano, it's all very dad-rock and dull to my ears.

I like his Fish Out of Water remixes.

I agree the Even Better Than The Real Thing remix isn't that bad but I'm not talking about remixes, but the album stuff..

It's all very dad-rock and formulaic and dull to my ears. I mean listen to Volcano and Stand Up Comedy they're basically the same song structure and you can hear his repetitive signature all over the songs he's worked on, that's the best word to describe it - Repetitive. That's what I hate about Stand Up Comedy, Volcano, The Miracle - the lack of sonic variety, I'm looking for a bit of shimmery delay added here, an electronic boop, or a change in chords, a drum-fill, a different synth-line added here - literally anything! But it doesn't come and it's the same guitar riff, drum, bass, vocal-line repeated over and over again. I acknowledge that this playing-it-safe is largely down to the band themselves but still they need people around them that will challenge them NOT to take the easy option. Gaffney evidently does not seem to be that person.

TBH, I donít think you can put Gaffney in the same league as Lillywhite or Eno/Lanois.

I wouldn't put Lillywhite in that league TBH. For me, the essential three is Flood, Eno and Lanois.

Lillywhite was an essential collaborator in their early work, IMHO.

I won't deny that, the difference between the 3 EP and Boy within a period of only 1 year was staggering.

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I'm curious as to what people find appealing in Gaffney's stuff, I mean although I wouldn't call it terrible but the tracks he's had the most influence (main production credit) on are Get On Your Boots, Stand Up Comedy, The Miracle, Volcano, American Soul and the horribly mixed Raised By Wolves (which he mixed himself). There is quite a bit of consistency there where the stuff that he's produced the sonics are very bland and very boring (by U2 standards) for example including the embarrassing weed-cutter guitar sound on The Miracle (when it should've been a jet-engine sound), the neutered drums on Volcano and Boots and the mosquito-like drilling guitar sound in Volcano, it's all very dad-rock and dull to my ears.

I loved his work on the TUF and Achtung Baby outtakes.

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Flood
Howie B
Steve Osborne
Eno
Nellee Hooper


Butch Vig and Nigel Godrich are two i wish they had worked with.

Vig would really sort out the rhythm section!

Those are two good choices.

could you get behind Trent Reznor producing a U2 album?
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Butch Vig and Nigel Godrich are two i wish they had worked with.

Vig would really sort out the rhythm section!

Those are two good choices.

could you get behind Trent Reznor producing a U2 album?

Trent Reznor is a huge fan so it wouldn't surprise me
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