"Rick Rubin has a larger looming presence on this album than his 'thank you' deserves. He asked 'Why can't more people cover U2 songs?' And it's because, with all the great sounds and arrangements, you can forget that there isn't a song there."
- Bono on Rubin's influence on Songs of Innocence
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U2 referenced the Something Happens 1990 album, Stuck Together With God's Glue, in their 1997 single "Staring At The Sun".