In what must be a truly classic case of pot/kettle/black, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins has said that U2's new album, Songs of Innocence, "sounds like a fart".

Hawkins, who has been making the same record for the past 15 years with Foo Fighters, also suggested that the way the Dublin band released their new album was like 1984 by George Orwell.

"I don't know that any of that new album has anything great on it," he told The Music. "I listened to it once, but it's so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it."

"I mean, I think they probably thought it was gonna be a great idea, 'Here's the deal: everybody who has an iPhone, gets your record. And they get it for free!'

"And they thought, probably, 'Well that's pretty awesome!' but they didn't really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with [that] . . . ".

Last week, Pink Floyd, who have just released a load of old songs from twenty years ago, criticised U2 for "devaluing" music by giving away Songs of Innocence for free. 

Patrick Carney of Led Zeppelin acolytes The Black Keys has also said that U2 "devalued their music completely" and that the release "sends a huge mixed message to bands . . . that are just struggling to get by."