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Rock group Coldplay attacks 'corporate evil'
BBC ^ | 5/18/05 | n/a

Posted on 05/18/2005 9:15:55 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim

Wednesday, 18 May, 2005, 08:00 GMT 09:00 UK

Coldplay attack 'corporate evil'

Coldplay's Chris Martin has dismissed pressure to boost his record company's profits, saying: "Shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

EMI issued a profit warning in February partly because the release of the UK band's latest album X&Y was delayed.

But Coldplay frontman Martin said: "I don't really care about EMI. I'm not really concerned about that."

He spoke about the "the slavery that we are all under to shareholders" ahead of the album's release in early June.

'Corporate machine'

Coldplay have sold 20 million albums worldwide, having a big UK and US hit with 2002 album A Rush of Blood to the Head.

Also famous for being the husband of Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Martin spoke to reporters before a 90-minute concert at New York's Beacon Theatre on Tuesday.

He said their new album was delayed because their first eight months of recording sessions produced songs that lacked the "spark" of such earlier hits as Yellow, Clocks and The Scientist.

"It's very strange for us that we spent 18 months in the studio just trying to make songs that make us feel a certain way and then suddenly become part of this corporate machine," Martin said.

He said the band's success gave them artistic freedom and the ability to talk about subjects dear to them such as fair trade - paying fair prices for products such as coffee and cotton from developing nations.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: coldplay; music; shutupandsing

1 posted on 05/18/2005 9:15:55 AM PDT by kiriath_jearim
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3 posted on 05/18/2005 9:21:04 AM PDT by bigjoesaddle ("Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats." -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: kiriath_jearim
He said the band's success gave them artistic freedom and the ability to talk about subjects dear to them such as fair trade - paying fair prices for products such as coffee and cotton from developing nations.


4 posted on 05/18/2005 9:21:18 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: kiriath_jearim
The only problem I have with corporations is that nutbars like Chris here are marketed and promoted beyond their level of intelligence. In a more perfect world Chris would still be slouching around alone and waisted in his mom's basement.
5 posted on 05/18/2005 9:21:29 AM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: kiriath_jearim

As if he'd even be cleaning Paltrows toilet, let alone sleeping with her, without the $$$$$$ EMI's Corporate backing provides.....RMFE.


6 posted on 05/18/2005 9:21:44 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: kiriath_jearim
"Shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

What a dumbass.

Basically, what he's saying is: "Anybody who says that I have to work first before I get paid is the great evil of this modern world."

In other words, he's a two year old.

7 posted on 05/18/2005 9:22:12 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: kiriath_jearim
"Welcome my son,

Welcome to The Machine........."

8 posted on 05/18/2005 9:22:53 AM PDT by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: kiriath_jearim

This guy can't really be that dumb and still be able to breathe without mechanical assistance.


9 posted on 05/18/2005 9:23:01 AM PDT by Luddite Patent Counsel ("Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others." - Groucho Marx)
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To: hobbes1
As if he'd even be cleaning Paltrows toilet, let alone sleeping with her, without the $$$$$$ EMI's Corporate backing provides.....RMFE.

As if Paltrow herself would be anywhere if her father hadn't been a successful director and producer who aggressively promoted his daughter's career.

10 posted on 05/18/2005 9:23:44 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Gee, Mr. Martin...exactly how many poor men have EVER offered YOU a job?


11 posted on 05/18/2005 9:24:22 AM PDT by Lekker 1 ("Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"- Harry M. Warner, Warner Bros., 1927)
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To: kiriath_jearim
Well, if he doesn't like having to deliver to the shareholders, he can go back to selling his plasma at the homeless shelter or waiting tables.

What a clueless, no talent a$$ clown.

12 posted on 05/18/2005 9:25:34 AM PDT by RepoGirl (You can ban my rottweiler when you can pry her from my cold dead hands...)
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To: wideawake

True enough, but she was born (as is 90% of hollywood) with a leg up, thats part of my point, she comes from $$$$ and privelege, without EMI, the chances of her even acknowledging his existence, are as good as any other garage band hack, toiling away in the clubs of South Jersey right now....


In a word,

Nil.


13 posted on 05/18/2005 9:26:17 AM PDT by hobbes1 (Hobbes1TheOmniscient® "I know everything so you dont have to...." ;)
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To: kiriath_jearim
"Shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

WRONG!

Spoiled little sh*t a$$es like him are the great evil of this modern world.
14 posted on 05/18/2005 9:26:32 AM PDT by WolfRunnerWoman (I want closure on the word "closure".)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Chris, just go back to changing Apple's diapers..thank you! (and shut up and sing)


15 posted on 05/18/2005 9:27:21 AM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: hobbes1
That's true.

She may have had a fling with him, but she never would have married him or borne his child.

16 posted on 05/18/2005 9:27:23 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Maybe he should quit the label and start playing at coffee pubs. He'd have no money, but then he wouldn't be dictated to by the evil shareholders.

What's that? He likes being rich? Oh, now what will he do?


17 posted on 05/18/2005 9:29:21 AM PDT by VegasCowboy ("...he wore his gun outside his pants, for all the honest world to feel.")
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To: kiriath_jearim
Coldplay's Chris Martin has dismissed pressure to boost his record company's profits, saying: "Shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

Yeah, all those ex-Soviet rockers with the mansions in South Florida really show how it should be done. ;)

Actually, he does have a point about the stifling effect of large record companies on musical creativity - he just errs in trying to extend that point into a general condemnation of capitalism.

18 posted on 05/18/2005 9:30:25 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Violence never settles anything." Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
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To: kiriath_jearim
"It's very strange for us that we spent 18 months in the studio just trying to make songs that make us feel a certain way and then suddenly become part of this corporate machine," Martin said."

Wake up dude. You voluntarily became part of the corporate machine the day you signed a contract with a big record label, and you know it. You can't jump in a pool and then act shocked that you got wet.

19 posted on 05/18/2005 9:34:22 AM PDT by joebuck
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To: kiriath_jearim

And this is important why?


20 posted on 05/18/2005 9:47:17 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Support your local Minutemen)
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To: kiriath_jearim
So why don't you go and self-produce, and market?

Maybe because you need those evil shareholders to supply funds for your "art"?

21 posted on 05/18/2005 9:48:47 AM PDT by Maigrey (I rather have egg on my face than blood on my hands - gonzo news service)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Coldplay's music is boring and lifeless.


22 posted on 05/18/2005 9:48:53 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: kiriath_jearim

So let him give the money back. I'll hold my breath...


23 posted on 05/18/2005 9:52:31 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: kiriath_jearim

Some of the marketing I saw for this band was on the level of P Diddy and they didn't mind one bit.
They are all multi-millionaires now due to that "label" and they bite the hand that feeds it
again..Prince syndrome...they need to get a grip. Millions of bands will take his place in a minute if need be.


24 posted on 05/18/2005 9:58:11 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache ( "I think she did too much coke, ahh you think so Doctor?")
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To: kiriath_jearim; LibertyThug
Reminds me of the old Reason article on Rage Against the Machine, anti-capitalist (ok...communist) Sony clients. What delicious hypocrisy.

Article is here.
25 posted on 05/18/2005 10:22:47 AM PDT by Akira (Experience is a hard teacher, but fools will have no other.)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Another one hit wonder weighs in.


26 posted on 05/18/2005 10:37:58 AM PDT by facedown (Armed in the Heartland)
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To: Akira

There probably isn't a more corrupt industry in the world than the entertainment industry (music, movies, and television). But the stupid artists who believe the scorpion won't sting them are self-deluding.

What cracks me up is these anti-Bush weasels make hit albums for these corrupt record companies and then they bash a legitimate business like Halliburton. The liberal bias doesn't only affect the MSM, it also permeates the record industry. It's the liberals' most direct path to shovel manure into the "young skulls full of mush."

There's a fantastic article that gives the inside scoop on how the music industry works. It's a speech by Courtney Love that tells it as it is. I recommend it to all my guitar students (who are old enough to handle the language) if they show signs of turning to music as a profession.

http://dir.salon.com/tech/feature/2000/06/14/love/index.html

If they persist in their professional dreams, at least they enter the fray informed. There are alternate paths that are artistically satisfying and financially lucrative that don't involve selling one's soul to get on MTV.


27 posted on 05/18/2005 10:46:18 AM PDT by gregwest
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To: kiriath_jearim

What's an "Album"?


28 posted on 05/18/2005 11:15:14 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Newsweek Lied! People Died!)
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To: kiriath_jearim
At the Brit Awards Coldplay's Chris Martin angrily declared: "Awards are essentially nonsense. We're all going to die when George Bush has his way. It's good to go out with a bang."

No need to say anymore.

29 posted on 05/18/2005 11:16:43 AM PDT by #1CTYankee (New tag-line under-construction.)
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To: kiriath_jearim
I have always looked past the left-wing crap of most of the artists/musicians I like and I'll continue to.

But what always strikes me as irreconcilable is the duality of such opinions expressed by Martin. If he's that ashamed of his wealth and how it was accumulated -- quit your damn record label, produce records on your existing money or give all of it away and go beat on pots and pans and record it to ProTools on your Imac... but quit BITCHING!!!

30 posted on 05/18/2005 11:51:14 AM PDT by soundandvision
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To: GSWarrior
Coldplay's music is boring and lifeless.

The vocals are watered-down Sting.

The music is watered-down Joy Division with a touch of prog-rock hauteur.

The song structure is watered-down U2.

The lyrics are watered down Smashing Pumpkins.

Coldplay is about the most derivative rock bansd out there.

31 posted on 05/18/2005 12:30:55 PM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Coldplay ain't no ZZ Top.


32 posted on 05/18/2005 1:49:35 PM PDT by handy (Forgive me this day, my daily typos...The Truth is not a Smear!)
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To: kiriath_jearim

Chris Martin, oh I just love this guy. Him and his band Cold Cream. Another example of a Bush, USA and capitalism bashing capitalism addicted Euroweenie PR dependent flouncing tart with a self absorbed pedagogic obnoxious product of nepotism teetless twit for a wife. Don`t you just love when they pretend credibility?

"I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

This coming from the largest shareholder of the "band" Cold Cream and the Hollywood connections of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner. What a schmuck. Try naming a kid after a human being for once instead of a fruit, then get outta my face you freggin` moron. It was beyond tiring reading about you Gwen and Apple wallowing in the horror of the Hamptons last year.


33 posted on 05/18/2005 5:41:27 PM PDT by EdHallick
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To: kiriath_jearim
"It's very strange for us that we spent 18 months in the studio just trying to make songs that make us feel a certain way and then suddenly become part of this corporate machine,"

Yes it`s very strange that you spend 18 months, strange you even have a career considering The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Motown, Jim Croce, Sinatra and countless others proved it could be done in 8 if not 8 days with 1000% more feeling and quality.

34 posted on 05/18/2005 5:51:54 PM PDT by EdHallick
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To: kiriath_jearim

What product sponsors their tours?
What do they do with their ill-gotten gains from record sales? Donate them?


35 posted on 05/18/2005 5:53:06 PM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: wideawake

Or she hadn't slept with Harvey Weinstein.
Or she hadn't pushed her mother to prop her up.


36 posted on 05/18/2005 5:54:13 PM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: EdHallick

Another educated entertainer.
I see he missed his Corporate Finance classes.
Too bad.


37 posted on 05/18/2005 5:56:55 PM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: William Creel

The anger I feel right now towards him and his ilk is overwhelming. HOW DARE HE. I wish EMI would cut them off and say directly it was because of this statement. What a freakin ingrate, while he lives in his mansion with his talentless wife and stupid-named baby. Who paid for the mansion you freakin SOB. That evil corporation. If it's so damn evil, GIVE IT BACK. They're not in business so you can sit in some studio for three years banging your bongos.


38 posted on 05/18/2005 6:08:38 PM PDT by Hildy ( The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue)
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To: kiriath_jearim

I'll do my part in the battle against profits and not buy their album.


39 posted on 05/18/2005 6:31:39 PM PDT by D.P.Roberts
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To: William Creel

I just shop at my friendly neighborhood used record store.


41 posted on 05/18/2005 6:35:53 PM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: mabelkitty
I`ve had a major bug up my butt against that idiot ever since he went to the mike at the Grammys and chose to focus his speech around the subject of "May you elect anyone but Bush", which by the way was a speech he ended by saying just that; "May you elect anyone but Bush". Yes, it`s quite one thing for an Amercian to say that, and we have enough of those, but for an English doofus whose only claim to fame consists solely of leeching off the fame of an American leech and then bashing the honor of the country that spilled blood for the rights of that leech, it`s quite another. He is primordial ooze.

I`ve always found it quite interesting that for the past 35 plus years, when the US is in time of crisis, when the Union is in danger, the ones who bash the US the most are always the ones who live it up the most on the backs of those who break them the most. It`s always the ones who put out the least and expect the most who do the bashing.

Bush didn`t have to do anything after 911. He knew he would be hated if he took action, he knew it could destroy his political career, his life, yet he followed his oath of office beyond everything else, beyond all else, and that seems to fly right over the heads of people like Chris Moron.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

42 posted on 05/18/2005 8:26:37 PM PDT by EdHallick
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To: #1CTYankee
We're all going to die when George Bush has his way."

They were all yelloow.

43 posted on 05/18/2005 8:30:29 PM PDT by Tribune7
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To: EdHallick

Let them keep talking.
The more they shriek, the more votes we get.
Democrats don't understand.
They get enough crap at work - they don't want their elected representatives yelling at them, too.


44 posted on 05/19/2005 3:52:42 PM PDT by mabelkitty
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