Citing the above video, Simon offers some insider observations on the clever craft of the top-of-the-chart hits, on why they sound the way they do, and how and why its come to this mad spiral craving for the culturally toxic and experientially taste-less hyper-insulinemia of sound we call 'radio':
"... the tedium is mind-boggling as they play the same lame riff over and over and over again. At one point, singer Adam Levine says: “I’m sick of trying to engineer songs to be hits.” But that’s exactly he proceeds to do.
"The final version of Makes Me Wonder came in three versions...
It was a spectacular hit."