Sonic Reducers: Bono Hates U2 Too!

The singer says his music makes him cringe — & we have plenty to say about that.


If you hate U2, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in great (albeit unexpected) company: It turns out Bono’s not that crazy about them either.

Or at least that’s what he claimed in a recent podcast interview, where he stated that he disliked the band’s name, most of their songs, and the way his voice sounds. The words “embarrassed” and “cringe” were used. Obviously, this is all to be taken with a huge grain of salt. And a pinch of deja vu — he’s done the same thing a few times over the years. Is Bono just trying to pre-empt the haters? Provide some much-needed counterpoint to the band’s hyper-earnest songs? Is this just how he motivates himself to do better? Or is there any truth to it? That’s what Eric Alper and I are digging into on today’s episode of Sonic Reducers. Punch play to watch us discuss Bono’s latest self-deprecating comments, compare them to statements he’s made in the past, and rehash that time Chuck Klosterman slagged me for writing something that Bono later agreed with. Sonic Reducers. One topic. Two music nerds. Five minutes. Everything you need to know.