Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bookmarks: Some stuff to read on the internet

Mick Hume in The Times lambasts Coldplay and a world without political pop:

In 2005, when the singer sent Mr Blair a love note declaring: “I think everything you're doing in terms of trying to sort the whole place out is BRILLIANT”, I called Martin “the musician that the Prime Minister always wanted to be, a prefect in the school of rock”. They shared an appearance of being all things to all men, with little real heart or soul behind it.

Three years on, Mr Blair and new Labour appear about as cool as Eurovision. Yet here are Coldplay, back on top of the album charts with their snappy toe-tapper Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends. The songs seem if anything duller than before. Such is the morbid musical mood, however, that they still command, says one bigwig, “the broadest appeal of any band around”. Blairism rocks limply on.


Simon said...

Is every non-tabloid newspaper in Britain going to run a piece about how rubbish Coldplay are as if it's just occurred to the writer as a new and original thought? If so I can't wait for the Racing Post's take.

Simon Hayes Budgen said...

Page 28, today's edition (probably different in the Bookmaker's shop edition, I'd imagine):

"Bright young things heading for the first day of Royal Ascot today will have spent much time and thought on choosing their new hat for the occasion. What a pity - judging by the charts - that so many of them will be taking with them the latest from Coldplay, which is very old hat indeed.

HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said..." - but you get the drift.


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