Rolling Stone named him the “most successful producer in any genre”, while MTV called him “the most important producer of the last 20 years”. His name comes up when discussing Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ latest, but also people like Neil Diamond, Tom Petty and of course Johnny Cash are only a handful of the ones associated with producer Rick Rubin. Amongst this list of names, one is noticeably missing: U2.
According to this recent article in USA Today, Rubin himself would “love to produce a U2 disc”. Our friends at @U2.com referred to an interview an Hungarian U2 site conducted to make clear that that feeling is mutual.
Time to have a closer look at Rick Rubin. Looks? Biker or hippie? Rick gives off some really confusing vibes, but then so does his work. Here’s a man that can’t and won’t be stereotyped as anything other than eclectic. However there are a few things that can be said about Rick Rubin. Like how he seems very capable at bringing bands back to basics, cutting all the crap and producing a very clean, stripped down sound instead. Or how he seems to be able to breathe new life into a band’s sound and career, like he did with Cash or the Peppers. Another trademark has been having artists cover unexpected material in their own style, of which Johnny Cash’s cover of One is but one example.
Taking all this into consideration, it seems a teaming up of U2 with Rubin could produce something very worthwhile and refreshing. We at U2log would be very excited about such a collaboration. What about you?