A lot of times, hit songs don't have much depth to them, even if they're catchy on the surface. A musician is probably perceiving the lack of depth more than the catchiness, whereas the listeners who make it a hit song perceive the catchiness long before the lack of depth catches up to them.
What happened was, I finished a record and as nearly always
happens to me, in finishing the record I started to get a
glimpse of the next step. There's always a cutting edge and
a trailing edge to what you are doing. Well, when I
finished that record, I knew what the cutting edge was.
The record was due out in September 1991. And so I went
straight back into the studio and had begun working on some
new material, which followed what I felt was the cutting
edge of this soon-to-be-released record.
Then the company said, "Well, September is a terribly bad
time to release; can you leave it to February?" And I said,
"I don't mind leaving it to February, but I won't release
this record then. I'H release what I've finished in
February, which is likely to be quite a lot different."
So that record just disappeared in the mist of time and I
carried on working with the new material, and that's
what became Nerve Net.