Friday, July 01, 2005

Live 8

I'm very excited about Live 8. Music is going to be a wasteland after this. Forty more years of corporate Coldplay rock and it's all we deserve for ragging the hell out of Africa.

I did enjoy Noel Gallagher's (extremely astute) take on Live 8 (from contactmusic.com):

"The outspoken OASIS guitarist believes rock stars simply don't have the influence needed to affect the G8 decision makers - and believes all their hard work will be in vain.

He says, "Correct me if I'm wrong, but are they hoping that one of these guys from the G8 is on a quick 15 minute break at Gleneagles (in Scotland) and sees ANNIE LENNOX singing SWEET DREAMS and thinks, 'F**k me, she might have a point there, you know?'

"KEANE doing SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW and some Japanese businessman going, 'Aw, look at him... we should really f**king drop that debt, you know.'

"It's not going to happen, is it?" "

I laugh every time I think about that article. Well done Noel.

22 comments:

Davecat said...

For a Gallagher brother, that is extremely astute. Shocking, really.

Red_Dog said...
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Red_Dog said...

Ah, but much like I can't really hate Coldplay (it's a bit like kicking a puppy, really), it's a little difficult to be completely cynical about something that is at least trying to do the right thing, even if a). it will probably fail, and b). like the original Live Aid, has some godawful bands masquerading as decent music on the line-up.

Then again, maybe it's just me getting old?

John A said...

Hating Coldplay is like hating magnolia paint - there's nothing to hate, but neither is there anything to get anything excited about. They're smoothed out, bland music for people who don't really like music. I think Chris Martin comes over as a nice, pleasant, concerned young man. That doesn't really help stop my eyes glazing over when I hear his music or that of the dozens of major-label cash-in Coldplay copyists.

Bob Geldof's intentions are noble without a doubt, but I can't help feeling that a global concert with a massive worldwide audience will do more to help the remaining "big 2" record companies repair their end-of-year figures and avoid profits warnings as their ageing big-name rosters go on parade, than ease poverty in Africa through debt relief.

Tomorrow you'll see a lot of underperforming (sales-wise) artists giving the back catalogue a shove. Next week a lot of warmed over leftovers will be on their way back up the charts. Big-ass recent sale bin turkeys from the likes of Elton John, Madonna, and the great Beatle and Pink Floyd mountain.

But maybe I just smell rats everywhere!

Red_Dog said...

Well given I've just sat through Di(l)do at the Live 8 malarkey, I think your words regarding "warmed over leftovers" is starting to ring true. And I feel sorry for poor old Youssou N'dour, being dragged out as some kind of sop to the "where are the African artists?" lobby to sing with that talentless old bag.

Speaking of which, who on Earth thought up putting Elton John and Pete Doherty together...?

Red_Dog said...

Sorry to come back and splurge all over your blog Mr Allison, but my continued watching of Live 8 has reached its lowest point. I can sum this up in one word (sort of): UB40.

John A said...

Live 8 was saved by SNOOP DOGG! Magic! I am up for it now.

I kind of spontaneously wept at the very start too but that is because I have got emotions.

John A said...

Also I wept at the Drive film and also when he brought the African woman on.

OH MADONNA NOW IS TIME TO MAKE CUSSING HISTORY.

I have stopped weeping now.

John A said...

PS UB40 are rad, RED RED WINE!

John A said...

Elton John and Pete Doherty was good, Pete was the first person who seemed to have dressed up for the occasion. And also the first person who came on so out of it that he could barely stand or sing!

I imagine Elton John suggested Pete himself, he has a keen interest in the young people's music. Reg keeps up!

MAKE CRACK HABITS HISTORY

John A said...

Poor Snow Patrol, like a drunk uncle at a wedding.

John A said...

I have now been watching this for 5 hours. There have been ups and downs. The Who's CSI-theme medley made me hate poverty all the more. Pete Townshend is an excellent old dude.

But the most excellent old dude is Bryan Ferry and his ROXY MUSIC. This is alarmingly ace, Roxy are the dog's pods. Where is Eno?

John A said...

OH NO PINK FLOYD MY DAD WAS IN THE WAR

John A said...

OH NO THE FLOYD ARE GOOD, THIS ISN'T FAIR, THEY ARE EMBARRASSING THE YOUNG ELEMENT

NOTE THE LEVELS OF HYSTERIA

Q. Why weren't the Flaming Lips on at Live 8?

John A said...

Man, I cussed the Floyd up bad and this is so good, they are the winners and have defeated everyone else. Macca is chewin' his nails, he is going to have to win hard to beat these old dudes.

John A said...

Wait no Snoop won, Snoop was best.

sbma44 said...

C'mon John, clearly it's the peoples of Africa who won.

(just kidding)

Red_Dog said...

I'm kind of sensing you finally got into all this Mr Allison? :)

I, on the other hand, became distracted by the 1950's version of War of the Worlds being shown on Channel 5, and my whole Live 8 experience went downhill from there...

Hyosho said...

Apparently, Noel had to inform his brother that Spinal Tap wasn't actually about a real band. Liam's reaction was to say "I'm not 'aving that" and never watch the film again. So I think Noel might be the smart one.

Damo said...

I've been in several shops with Live 8 stands. What a surprise.

Nate said...

Reading this, I almost feel like I was there...

Hyosho said...

Pink Floyd CD sales: up 1343%

Libertines CD sales: down 35%

Nuff said, really.