Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Q loves Coldplay - true

Tucked into a piece about Bauer in yesterday's MediaGuardian was a passing reference to some sort of "overhaul" planned for Q.

Not clear if this is going to involve a sudden change of musical direction, but if it is, it can't come a moment too soon, to judge by the nominations for the Q Music Awards ("sponsored by some sort of drink"):

Bon Iver
Gabriella Cilmi

Much as we like Bon Iver, in what way are they considered to have broken through? Broken through what? In fact, why don't they just call this the best new act?

Oh... hang on...
Fleet Foxes
The Ting Tings
The Last Shadow Puppets
Vampire Weekend

Haven't the Ting Tings broken through more solidly than any of the breakthrough acts? Can you break and be new at the same time?
Keane – Spiralling
Duffy – Mercy
Coldplay - Violet Hill
Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name

Katy Perry? Since, presumably, that's an attempt to prove that they're not all stuffy and old. Because it's the sort of track you'd choose if you were a bit stuffy trying to prove you weren't.
Hot Chip - Ready To The Floor
Coldplay - Violet Hill
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
Goldfrapp - Happiness

I imagine this has something to do with the Q TV playlist.
Kaiser Chiefs
Kings Of Leon
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
The Verve
Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against The Machine? Rage Against The Machine?
BEST ALBUM (sponsored by Nixon) -
Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death; And All His Friends
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Nick Cave And The Band Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!

The couple of solid choices here are fatally undermined when you remember they're being measured against Coldplay's album.
BEST ACT IN THE WORLD TODAY (Sponsored by Russian Standard Vodka) –
Kings Of Leon

Kings Of Leon's presence on this list is going to form the basis for a remake of Cool Runnings.


Anonymous said...

Bought the new Q with Noel on the cover today for a train trip from Crewe to New Street (what a sentence) (couldnt bear Liam's, now quite old actually, bowl cut cover) - is this the "new, relaunched Q"?? Still absolute bobbins - really don't see who it's aimed at - certainly not me as it was spent before Wloverhampton (insert whatever here)

ian said...

I must say I was quite interested to hear on the radio about Coldplay's fork you award nomination. Imagine my disappointment...

Spence said...

Surely Adele 'broke through' when she had that big hit about, ooh, five years ago???

Spence said...

Darn, brain drain. That'd be Estelle I'm thinking of. Bah!

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