No artist really needs to write songs they don’t like. Every time you decide to sit down with a song, only what you consider to be the best of the best will go on the record, right? In some cases, yes… it’s just that not everyone in the band shares that mentality. Although most of these albums were great from song to song, it was always the songs that caused a bit of friction between the band members.
While these may be creative differences, most of the time these are songs that the rest of the band find boring, only to see them play the track night after night while on tour. These aren’t all album tracks either…these are the songs that became some of the biggest hits of their career, which means they’re known for those songs first and foremost.
So now that you had to play on a song you don’t like, now you have to go around while the rest of the band have fun on a song you can’t stand. However, you always have to learn to compromise in a band, and these songs taught us just how much bad blood can come from just one track. Between those few minutes, there are many hurt feelings and mutilated friendships.
Following their massive performances at Live Aid, U2 were to be the band that would take rock and roll into the next generation. As they were already gaining momentum after records like War and the Unforgettable Fire, the Joshua Tree must have been the moment when everything really started to take off. You need a record like that to start strong though, and Where the Streets Have No Name nearly killed the whole project before it took off.
Working with legendary producer Brian Eno, the classic intro with the various guitar overdubs by Edge became more and more labored as they went on, it was virtually impossible for the whole band to follow by the time the first verse begins. As they tried to do everything as a workshop in the room, Eno got so frustrated that he ended up pulling out a chart and dictating everything like a school teacher to get everyone on the same page.
It still failed to work, and Eno was seconds away from erasing the whole idea of frustration before things really started to click. Once everyone was adjusted to the weird timing of everything, it made for an intro that felt like you were about to step into the future. If you’re one of the band members, it must be the equivalent of trying to solve complex math problems while trying to play music.