THE TWO MOST POPULAR AND SIGNIFICANT BANDS IN THE UK – AND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY COMPETE WITH EACHOTHER.
NEWS, which would surely interest you – all the Coldplay Fans out there.
Oasis and Coldplay, arguably the most popular and significant rock bands in the UK, are set to release new albums which should reveal a great deal about the healthy state of British pop music.
This is no bitter Blur vs Oasis rivalry. They may seem worlds apart in terms of background and sensibility – the hedonistic, defiantly working-class Manchester lads and the polite public school students from the south – but there is surprising respect between both camps.
Oasis’s band leader Noel Gallagher describes Coldplay as a “top band. They blew me away.” Coldplay singer and songwriter Chris Martin says that Oasis songs were pivotal in his own development. “They’re lad anthems,” he says, “but you don’t have to be a lad to like them. They’re for everyone. When Noel cares and he’s got something to say about his life, then he’s untouchable.”
Which is not to say that Coldplay don’t have ambitions to reach the same dizzy heights as Oasis. At the root of both bands is an overarching optimism, fierce ambition and respect for the power of song as a vehicle for human dreams. “I don’t see it as competing against any other person,” Martin has said. “I just see it as pushing what we can do as far as we can. What matters is trying to write the best tunes in the world.”
Following the worldwide success of 2001’s A Rush of Blood to the Head there is a sense that Coldplay are poised on the brink of all-conquering global household name status. Noel Gallagher, however, is not going to surrender the mantle of Britain’s Greatest Living Band easily. “There is always this thing about passing the torch,” according to Noel. Continue reading
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Martin has tussled with photographers he feels have overstepped the mark. "I don't get wound up or anything, I just have a large collection of hoods. And secret pathways"
Chris Martin is nervous. I’m not sure why. Coldplay are riding high: their comeback single Violet Hill was downloaded 2 million times in the week it was available for free on the band’s website. Heated excitement has attended the band’s announcement of three free concerts, in London, Barcelona and New York.
Before its release earlier this month, Guy Hands, much-maligned financier boss of the band’s embattled record label EMI, described their new album, Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, as “right across the world . . . the most anticipated album of the year”. For once in the music world, boardroom and shopfloor might be in agreement. When Coldplay’s serial perfectionism resulted in a delay in the release of their last album, 2005’s X&Y, it was blamed for a drop in EMI’s share price. When it was finally released, it sold 150,000 copies in one day in the UK. That week it topped the charts in 32 countries. In America, lead single Speed of Sound immediately walloped into the Top 10; the last British band to do that were the Beatles, with Hey Jude.
But the reviews were increasingly sniffy: X&Y was the sound of a stadium rock band more concerned with its very bigness than with meaning something. And the lyrics were trite. It would go on to sell 10 million copies. The commercial adoration and the critical vilification got to the band, and Martin in particular. Collecting two Brit Awards in 2006, the singer said: Continue reading