May 20, 2005

Calling All Foo Fans

At 11.35…Go to your nearest TV…and flick onto channel 4…it does not matter if someone is watching something else…this is far more important
The UK premiere of the Foo Fighters "Best of You" no miss it

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  1. 11.35, methinks you'll find…

    Though if you tune in at 10 anyway, you'll see Dylan Moran doing standup, so it's win-win.

    20 May 2005, 21:52

  2. Milly

    Was there, freakin' awesome.

    Housemates plus 2 were less impressed, but they want to see the Coldplay video, so what the gash do they know. (Droll drolll droll)

    21 May 2005, 14:03

  3. Coldplay…ha not even comparable to the Foos, and not even close to as good

    22 May 2005, 01:28

  4. Oi! I was a plus 1, it was awesome! Reminds me of the magnum senses advert…to the rock'n'roll max. Anyway, Bashmore fell asleep ;)

    I hope you've all ordered your special versions of In Your Honour inclusive of the chance to win special postcards.

    Dylan Moran, he funny.

    22 May 2005, 13:08

  5. "Coldplay?ha not even comparable to the Foos, and not even close to as good"

    Ok I would normally leave you in peace to enjoy the Foo Figheters, but if you will bring Coldplay into it…
    Gosh I feel in embrarassed for you… how can someone so normally with it have such woeful musical judgement. The sad truth is that Dave Grohl is yet another in the chain of lifeless rock stars peddling limmp Americana RAAWWWK songs not very well. Best of You is the kind of song that Bryan Adams would look at and think 'hmmm I'll make that an album track". And at least he's honest enough to admit that he's no rock star. The derivative, bland and predictablly lame efforts he insists on peddling are only occasionally bolstered by the odd ok single… of which Best of You is not an example. Coldplay, are master craftsmen of the highest order, who have arguably just released one of the weakest tracks on their sensational new album as a single.

    24 May 2005, 10:32

  6. Hmm well I can't speak for Ben, but Speed of Sound is the shittest song Coldplay have ever released, in my opinion. I have t'other two albums and enjoy them muchly but I think he's gotten all sappy and boring…I will reserve this judgement til I hear some more of the album.

    25 May 2005, 02:43

  7. In my head that said "I can't speak for Ben but I don't think he was talking about Coldplay on the whole, just the song, but then again, nothing compares to the foos for the young tyke

    25 May 2005, 02:44

  8. Woh woh woh woh young Mr Buckland…such shocking claims…well allow me to retort.
    First of all I am a big Coldplay fan, I thought they were great live when i saw them at V, and ive got the last two albums…i think its ace music…but its all too nice. Coldplay are stuck in their sound and cannot develop on it, Chris Martin wanted to go away and re-invent the wheel, well he wont every be able to do that. Coldplay are in danger of wondering into the middle of the road territory and occupy the same space bands such as Keane and Athlete are now occupying after trying to be like Coldplay.
    Would Coldplay be able to write a double album of two extremes? No, I dont think they could. You see the Foo's have always been able to exist in two extremes the rock and the mellow which they have always done perfectly. With In Your Honour the Foos have devoted whole albums to their two sides. Coldplay have only one side, which they cannot devlop on. The two sets of fans explain the two bands perfectly. There are huge amounts of Coldplay fans who 'like' the band, and buy their album, but only 'like' them. With the Foos their are probably less fans, but they 'love' the band. This is because the Foos create an emotion in people with their music…so much more than Coldplay could do. You could accuse the Foos of creating limp US 'rawk'. But the same could be said of Coldplay of creating music that U2 would have tossed aside in their heyday. They are a pale imitation of U2, Coldplay's messages almost seem contrived compared to U2. The Foos can never be accused of making bland rock music…Im sorry it's just not the case…the only band that are in danger of becoming and disappearing up their own arse…and becoming an caricature of what they started out as.

    Long Live The Foo Fighters!!!

    25 May 2005, 10:21

  9. The new Coldplay album, quite simply is stunning, with many of the songs I've heard off it quite simply wondrous. What If, Talk, A Message, Square One, Low and Fix You will be everywhere very very soon. Speed of Sound was apparently released to provide transition from the last album, something I doubted until I heard many of the new songs and affirmed to myself that it wasn't just talk. He kicked himself in the head by stupidly talking about reinventing the wheel admittedly, but there is no doubt that the time spent honing the record is time well spent. In comparison what is so innovative about accompanying a studio album with another album of acoustic numbers? Every band has ballads to play alongisde their anthems. Every band could shooce to record songs just with an acoustic. Coldplay have many many sides to them I assure you, with every b-side a carefully crafted gem, and the journey from the early EPs to X&Y following a much more creative evolutionary path than many credit them for. I can also assure you that there are some seriously passionate Coldplay fans out there as well alongside the annoying proles who 'love Chris Martin he's so sweet and English and he's married to that actress how cute!' But seriously, I know that really you realise that Coldplay are in a completely different league to the bands they have had the misfortune to find following in their wake (Athlete, Keane). I know we're not going to agree but I seriously find it interesting, because with most of the big acts out there that I don't like that much I can at least recognise their talent. And I haven't got there yet with the Foos.
    (Sorry there's little I love quite as much as conversations with people as passionate about the music they love as me – I couldn't ever be one of those people who just connect with it at a superficial level. Blast your favourite songs from the rooftops I say. Maybe I won't ever get the Foo's appeal, but no matter – I salute you for your passion and bid you enjoy that headline set at Reading. In fact I look forward to hearing you roar with RAWK n roll passion from my Reading home…)

    25 May 2005, 14:24

  10. Aaah but the second disc of Best of You is not acoustic…its more mellow, and that is what the Foo Fighters have always been able to do, mix heartfelt music, that at its best is unbelieavably emotional, with killer guitar riffs.
    To not be able to recognise the Foo's talent, is I think downright absurd! There has never been any question of the talent of the Foo Fighters, they have never been about just 'rawk', there are much more elements to the band. I stand by that In Your Honour is gonna be the best album of the year

    26 May 2005, 12:10

  11. Having heard half the album or so, I have to agree with Benjamino, In Your Honour will definitely be my album of the year. Let's not forget that even some of their rawk has acoustic roots, what with songs like Times Like These being written on an acoustic guitar.

    There's people in the NME this week slating the Foos because of Dave Grohl saying he's more proud of the Foos than of Nirvana, saying that the Foos will never be what Nirvana was and will be forgotten in 5–10 years. However, that just isn't true. the Foo Fighters have done a lot more with music and when you can say you're proud of your band, you know you've worked bloody hard to get it to the top.

    I'm not saying Coldplay don't work hard, but maybe the problem is that their efforts are concentrated in the wrong direction. Bands need to stop doing what they think will be important to other people and start doing things that will make them happy, because with that comes greater passion and your sound will automatically be a hundred times better. Coldplay just don't have to seem their heart in it this time and rather than whether their musical intention has changed or not, that's where the hole is.

    (P.S. to the both of you, a niggly point: Foos', not Foo's!)

    26 May 2005, 13:57

  12. Woah Times like these was written on an acoustic guitar? I stand corrected -they're incredible – no ones ever done that before! And presumably you are joking when you say that a band that screwed things up for the record company by delaying the album because they weren't satisfied with it 'don't have their heart in it'?

    26 May 2005, 21:51

  13. Woh Woh Woh, chill out Jimmy, no need to go for personal attacks on what I said. It's just a difference of opinion, I'm not saying your opinion's wrong, there is no such thing in the world of music, I was just illustrating a point, don't be so sarcastic about it.

    When I say they don't have their heart in it, I'm saying about what comes through when you hear the music. Their heart might be in it, but I can't hear it.

    And what I was saying about the Foos is that there's depth to them: they're not one trick ponies, they love what they do and I can hear that in their music. I used to be able to hear it in Coldplay but it seems kind of hollow now.

    30 May 2005, 14:06

  14. None of it's Bach, though, so meh ;-)

    30 May 2005, 14:16

  15. Ah apologies if that appeared to be a personal attack…
    I dunno, my feeling is that Bach would have sold a whole load more records if he could just have nailed a killer chorus once in a while.. or maybe named a song after a colour

    01 Jun 2005, 23:13

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