Bono complains modern music ‘has gotten very girly’

U2 frontman Bono thinks that new music has gotten tame, but it is his choice of words that may give him some unwanted attention. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, the singer told Jann S. Wenner that “music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment – and that’s not good.”

“When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me. You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine – I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is fucking over. You might as well put it in formaldehyde. In the end, what is rock & roll? Rage is at the heart of it. Some great rock & roll tends to have that, which is why the Who were such a great band. Or Pearl Jam. Eddie has that rage,” he added.

Bono also complained about musicians thanking God at awards shows for what he thinks are “shite songs.”

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1980: Photo of Bono (Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Bono of U2 in the 1980's; (Photo by Steve Rapport/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Portrait of Bono from Irish rock group U2 taken in the early 1980's.; (Photo by Steve Rapport/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Portrait of U2 singer Bono taken in the early 1980's.; (Photo by Steve Rapport/Photoshot/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1980: Photo of Bono (Photo by David Corio/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 22: MILTON KEYNES BOWL Photo of BONO and U2, Bono performing live onstage on The Unforgettable Fire tour, at 'The Longest Day' concert (Photo by Mike Cameron/Redferns)
(Original Caption) : 1985: Bono, singer for the Irish rock & roll band, sings into a microphone while onstage. He wears a brown leather, fringed jacket and a cross around his neck. (Photo by LGI Stock/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
11-1987, FEB 3 1988, NOV 19 1991; U2 lead singer Bono photographed in 1985 during the groups St. Patrick's Day concert in Denver.; (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
U2's Bono (l) and the Edge (r), with Liam Gallagher from Oasis (c), at the Q magazine music awards in London. Oasis frontman, Liam, received the Best Act in the World trophy on behalf of the band at the 10th anniversary of the awards. (Photo by Fiona Hanson - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Mick Jagger (left), singer with rock legends the Rolling Stones, and Bono, of the Irish rock group U2, at the MTV Europe Music Awards held at The Point, Dublin. Bono won the Free Your Mind Award for his humanitarian work. (Photo by Chris Bacon - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jewel & Bono during Net Aid - October 9, 1999 at Giants Stadium in Meadowlands, New Jersey, United Kingdom. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Bono photographed addressing the Labour Party Conference in Brighton, UK 29th September 2004. (Photo by Andrew Hasson/Photoshot/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 17: Bono, lead singer and songwriter for the rock group U2 and a social-justice activist, gives the commencement address after receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the 248th Commencement of the University of Pennsylvania, on May 17, 2004 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bono co-founded the organization Debt AIDS Trade Africa in 2002 together with activists from the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign. DATA's main objective is to raise public awareness and action in the United States and other wealthy nations against AIDS and poverty in Africa. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
Bono of U2 at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Nobel Peace Laureates award Bono Vox (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
PARIS - DECEMBER 12: 2008 Peace Summit Award Laureate and U2 lead singer Bono attends the 9th Nobel Peace Prize World Summit at Hotel de Ville on December 12, 2008 in Paris, France (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 12: 71st ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Musician Bono of U2 (C) arrive to the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 -- (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)

Asked if the music he is doing now is more streaming friendly, Bono responded, “Yeah. It’s so, so interesting, though. We’re back to the Fifties now, where the focus is on songs rather than albums.”

“U2 make albums, so how do we survive? By making the songs better. And having, I hope, the humility to accept that we need to rediscover songwriting, which is one reason Edge and I took on “Turn Off the Dark, the Spider-Man” musical, to get into musical theater, the Rodgers and Hammerstein aspect of songwriting – a lot of the American Songbook came from musicals. We started to get into what you might call formal songwriting,” added Bono.

Bono also talked about the state of U2, and the refugee crisis in Europe, which you can read in full here.

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