Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gordon in the morning: Man says band are better than other band

Gordon's big splash this morning is Kanye West's sticky warm effusions about... it says Coldplay here. Can that be right?

"America has, and probably always will, dominate music across the globe but it's always been the British who pull out that very special band.

"We have had amazing bands like NIRVANA and GUNS N' ROSES but it's the British who have had the cream with The Beatles and THE ROLLING STONES setting the standard. I love Coldplay, and I honestly think they are on the same level as The Beatles."
Coldplay? Chris Martin and The Coldplays?
"In 30 years, when Coldplay are old men, people will look back and say, 'These guys were more talented than The Beatles.'"
"It was aaaaaallll Yelllow"? That Coldplay?
"I have worked with Chris Martin and the man is a genius - as a performer and a songwriter he is on the same level as JOHN LENNON."
Certainly, the best of Chris Martin's work this decade has been every bit as good as anything Lennon has done in the last ten years.

Kanye, of course, has decided that diamonds make better teeth than teeth do, so this shouldn't really come as too much of a surprise.

West goes on a bit more about how great Chris Martin is, for all the world like a man who only owns two records; a Coldplay one and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. Which surely would be the only way you'd place Coldplay and The Beatles in that way on the podium.

If you read me a lot, you'll know that I tend to the view that The Beatles are a bit overrated, and would question the assumption that they're the band against which all others should be measured.

But on the other hand: Tomorrow Never Knows. A Day In The Life. A four of fish and finger pies in summer. Against that whiny one, and the other whiny one, and, to be fair, The Scientist is alright?

Kanye hasn't finished, though. He's getting to the end of the comparative, and coming to the definitive:
"I am not saying this sort of s*** lightly, it's really how talented the guy is. And Coldplay can go down as the best ever - even bigger than The Beatles."
The best ever? The best ever band in the world? Did I suggest that Kanye only had two records? I must have overestimated; he can clearly only ever have heard Coldplay. God knows how this came about - perhaps he has badly damaged hearing which can only hear noises in the sound range of a plodding, low moan, and as such only Coldplay records make it into his register.

Even Gordon seems a bit taken aback:
That is a massive compliment, and a controversial pop view.

I'm a fan, but Chris Martin and co, despite selling millions of albums, divide opinion.
Actually, it's because of selling millions of albums. Had they sold a few hundred, people wouldn't even have an opinion on them.

Maybe Kanye's right. Perhaps Coldplay have hidden talents that only Kanye can see. We'd ask for clarification, but he's busy telling the people of Belgium why they should adopt a ravioli square as their king.