Some complaining about Coldplay’s crappy contract with EMI/Capitol from Chris in this interview in the Guardian, surprised?
Chris Martin tries to explain why Coldplay isn’t doing cool free/instant/independent things like bands he obviously admires/looks up to like Radiohead and the Raconteurs:
“Being on a major label at the moment is like living in your grandparents’ house,” Chris Martin confessed to Reuters this week. “Everyone knows they need to move out, and they will eventually, but we kind of like our grandmother.”
“We have absolute respect for the Radioheads and Raconteurs and people who can do what they like,” he said. “[The standard major label approach] is obviously an antiquated model because of the internet. We’re in contract though, so we’re just going to make the most of it and enjoy the people we get to work with.”
“We felt we fucked up so royally in New York when we were setting up X&Y,” he said. “We did an AOL thing, which was fine to do, but we tried to mix it with a buzz gig and we just came across as a huge and very impersonal corporation.”
Coldplay has released their “music video” (aka- weekly political statement) for their new single, “Violet Hill.”
The video features various clips of current, former, and future world leaders such as George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Saddam Hussein, Tony Blair, Boris Yeltsin, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, among others. Most of the clips have been spliced and looped to make the politicians look ridiculous dancing, singing, playing instruments, etc. Intercut are scenes of mass destruction (rockets, explosions, etc.) and war.
Clearly the video takes aim at world governments and their proclivity to war, and Coldplay’s stance against it.
What do you think: Commendable? Comical? or Catastrophic?
So three days ago, I–along with probably about a billion other people world wide–found out that Coldplaywas going to be doing two free shows in anticipation of their upcoming album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends. In their press release it was announced that the sites and dates of the two free concerts would be June 23rd at Madison Square Gardent in New York, NY and June 16th at Brixton Academy in London, England.
“Please check http://www.coldplay.com beginning April 29th for details on how to win tickets. As this is a free show, no tickets will be available for purchase,” sites the release.
Of course the name not only congers up images of the vivacious Mexican artist, but also that of another Latin sensation, one mister Ricky Martin who’s pop hit “Living la Vida Loca” skyrocketed to the top of the charts in 1999. Said Chris Martin to Rolling Stone, “Everyone thinks it comes from Ricky Martin, which is fine. I have absolute respect.”
This is not the first time Martin (er… Chris, not Ricky) has made some interesting name choices–his children’s names are “Apple” and “Moses.” He and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s unborn third child will be thankful that Chris got his Spanish-language infatuation out with this album title. (Surely he/she would have been named “Burrito” or “Paella”.)
How long will it be before the first “Livin’ la Vida Loca”/”Viva la Vida” mashup surfaces?
According to blog MusicThing, last week Coldplay’s old drum machine was being sold online in an eBay auction was being held as part of a “studio clearance.” The EMU SP1200 “with Kid Nepro samples” was finally sold for Â£740.00 GBP ($1,474.50 USD).
Oh what secrets this little drum machine could tell. If this electronic beat maker could talk, what do you think it would it say?
If you have ever visited an Ikea or perused their catalog, you too may have noticed that many designs have been created by a man named “Chris Martin.” I have often wondered what this “Chris Martin” looked like, if he bared any resemblance to the Chris Martin married to Gwyneth Paltrow and lead singer of Coldplay.
Well my prayers have finally been answered with the 2008 Ikea catalog. Behold, it’s Chris Martin of Ikea fame, designer of the Ellan chair:
Both Chris Martins seem to have closely cropped, light colored hair, but Coldplay’s Chris is probably a bit taller and thinner than Ikea Chris.
For more Ikea designers revealed (and the pieces they created), head over to the Ikea Kuwait site.
Did anyone just see the Tribute on Nutz skit on Conan O’Brien with Chris Martin of Coldplaysinging the “We’re the Slipnutz, Look He Fell Down, I Slipped on Some Nutz” song? I just sort of died laughing inside.
Other “Slipnutz” fans include Patti Smith and John Mayer. Pretty amazing.