Saturday, May 28, 2005

We've been had. COLDPLAY, which made the song YELLOW into an international hit [2000], with these opening lyrics:

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do.
Yeah, they were all yellow.

Now [2005] singer lyricist Chris Martin tells the truth. A slap in the face to his fans.

"The world yellow has all this meaning attached to it now [2005], but here's where the mystery ends. It's not quite so romantic. The whole song makes lyrical sense except for that word. I needed a two syllable word when I was composing the song, and there was a book lying next to me in the studio with the word "yellow" on the cover somewhere, and there it was, I just stuck that word in the lines I was writing, without rhyme or reason. And now the mystery is solved, or shattered. But it worked."

Rock and roll is so fake, sometimes, and we been had.



Blogger dan said...

Recently, Chris Martin (aka Mr. Gwynneth Paltrow) of Coldplay complained that he and his bandmates were uncomfortable selling so many albums that stock prices of their record company, EMI, could be affected.

"It's very strange for us that we spent 18 months in the studio just trying to make songs that make us feel a certain way and then suddenly become part of this corporate machine," Martin said backstage.

He then moaned about what he called "the slavery that we are all under to shareholders".

Here's a solution for Mr. Martin (and Coldplay): once your contract is over, stop making music commercially. Just play the club circuit. That way, you can still make a living without being beholden to the evil corporation and its shareholders that provide you with the millions of dollars you and your wife seem to have no trouble spending.

Did they question the ethics of working with a corporation when your band was discovered and first signed to EMI? It's doubtful. Hypocrites like Chris Martin really make the rest of us want to toss our cookies. Here they are, sitting in the lap of luxury, making money hand over fist by creating music (not saving lives, not teaching schoolchildren, not policing dangerous city streets), and they're "uncomfortable" with it. Give me a break! If they were that dedicated to their code of ethics, they wouldn't have signed a contract in the first place.

In case the members of Coldplay really don't want to cut off the vast supply of money, here's another idea: sign a sponsorship deal with Pepsi. After all, what could be better to represent a company whose president and CFO, Indra Noori, thinks that America could be likened to the middle finger of a hand? A finger that

can convey a negative message and get us in trouble. You know what I’m talking about. In fact, I suspect you’re hoping that I’ll demonstrate what I mean. And trust me, I’m not looking for volunteers to model...

Unfortunately, I think this is how the rest of the world looks at the U.S. right now. Not as part of the hand – giving strength and purpose to the rest of the fingers – but, instead, scratching our nose and sending a far different signal.

Evil capitalism and America, according to many in the world, go hand in hand. So Coldplay and Pepsi should have no problem inking a contract that would satisfy their leftwing guilt complexes.


Coldplay attack 'evil' of profits
By Alexa Baracaia, Evening Standard
18 May 2005
Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin today launched an attack on his record label EMI and the company's shareholders.

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It came after EMI, the world's third-largest music company, warned that profits would be lower because the band took longer than expected to finish their first studio album in three years.

But as Coldplay prepared for a concert in New York to promote their new album, called X&Y, Martin said: "I don't really care about EMI. I'm not really concerned about that.

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"I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

Martin told reporters at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre that the band was uncomfortable that they sell so many albums they can affect a major corporation's stock price.

"It's very strange for us that we spent 18 months in the studio just trying to make songs that make us feel a certain way and then suddenly become part of this corporate machine," Martin said backstage.

He criticised what he called "the slavery that we are all under to shareholders". However, having sold 20 million albums worldwide to date, their album release on 7 June and subsequent two-month tour of America in August and September will play a large role in determining EMI's profits.

Martin said the album was delayed because their first eight months of recording sessions produced songs that lacked the "spark" of such earlier hits as Yellow, Clocks and The Scientist.

The band was formed in 1998 and made a massive impact in the United States in 2002 with the release of A Rush Of Blood To The Head.


These types of statements surprise me on so many levels. I guess you can't really expect "artists" to actually understand that companies want to make a profit. I guess Coldplay should apply for some kind of grant money that would allow them to make music and never be accountable for their outcome. Dolts.
Two Dogs | Homepage | 05.22.05 - 3:03 pm | #


Yes, I'm sure that England has some sort of equivalent to our National Endowment for the Arts. They really should check out that option, so that they don't further sully their morals...just get a free ride off of the taxpayers.
Pam M. | Homepage | 05.22.05 - 3:28 pm | #


Do they actually call the populace "the taxpayers" over there or is it "the proletariat"?
Two Dogs | Homepage | 05.22.05 - 8:59 pm | #


Hee hee...I don't know!
Pam M. | Homepage | 05.22.05 - 9:14 pm | #


Wow, you're right on. This kind of stuff has always left me flummoxed. I think people like this are just feeling so guilty about getting rich from something so asinine as singing or acting that they lash out at the very system that allows them to live in the lap of luxury because it makes them feel better about themselves.

The funny thing is, they're not really affected by real world stuff because they live in a fantasy world. So liberal "feel good" ideas don't have the same bearing on them as they do the average working stiff...
Rik | Homepage | 05.24.05 - 8:15 am | #


Why if the money is so evil give the money to various charities? If music is so important to him, help schools out that have lost their music departments! Or, I am gladly accepting all unwanted currency. I know, help a fellow musician in despair, donate to the Michael Jackson defense fund!
Jeanette | 05.24.05 - 12:58 pm | #


Why should be why not!
Jeanette | 05.24.05 - 12:59 pm | #

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