Especially in today's music industry, achieving all the desired effects and elements that otherwise used to depend on the performance during recording can typically be achieved in post production. One of my favorite examples where sometimes it's nice to break the mold (though they didn't perhaps know it at the time) was the Rolling Stones track "Satisfaction," where the guitarist missed the start of the riff while he switched instrument cables around the middle of the song. Since this was before all the post wizardry of today, they faced a choice: keep it or re-take the set. In the end, the production liked it enough. And in retrospect, hardly anyone notices that. Some even prefer the rugged, raw quality that the set offered.
This got me thinking, it seems that risk-taking during the recording sessions is really on the decline. I hope I'm wrong about that though, so I really want to see what artists (past or present) have really gone big with their ambitions for getting the sound they want. Can default to "tone" if that helps define what we mean by "effect."
I have no idea what to expect, maybe something where instead of generating some tones on the computer, a band goes deep-sea diving to actually record a whale sound for something ambient. Or maybe other extreme measures like using an insane amount of voltage in a really dangerous pedal configuration.
Hvae any rock bands put their lives in danger or done something really extreme just for the sake of getting an awesome tone or effect?