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Hit songwriters, in interviews, often admit that their most successful hit song was one they thought was just stupid, even not worth recording.

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.

Maybe that's true of "pop" (whatever the heck that means) music, but I think it's a legitimate statement on musical quality. For example Springsteen just released an entire album of songs that he wrote back in the 70's but never published, even fellow songwriter Steven Van Zandt basically said he has no idea why they weren't released.

Brian Eno wrote talked an unreleased album of his, My Squelchy Life, in an interview:

    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. 


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