We have an exclusive look at Coldplay’s newest song, Princess of China featuring Rihanna. The video has a very oriental and Asiatic theme and undertone to match the tone and motif of the song, and places Rihanna in various artistic and beautiful poses with different dancers and actors. In the video, Rihanna comments on the video concept telling us, “It’s like a movie trailer to an old kung-fu movie”. The cool thing about the song is that it was written by Coldplay with Rihanna in mind to sing the female vocals – so when Rihanna agreed to do the track, the band was extremely excited and surprised that she actually accepted.
Watch the video below and get the inside track to Princess of China and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
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The Brooklyn based band ‘TV on the Radio” began in the early 2000’s when two musicians (Tunde Adebimpe & David Andrew Sitek), who were also visual artists, started to make music together. So it sort of makes sense that their first EP (Ok Calculator) was a very experimental collection of music that would have made Frank Zappa proud. By the time they released 2006’s “Return to Cookie Mountain” they were already considered one of the most innovative bands of the decade and had found fans in people like David Bowie who lent backing vocals to one of the tracks on that album. If you haven’t listened to this band yet, start with this song and my guess is it will make you want to try another, and another…..
When that first Coldplay single came out (“Yellow”) there was a lot of hype about the band and everyone seemed to be OK with that, but then they got HUGE which created a divide. You either loved Coldplay or you didn’t think it was cool to like Coldplay and you only listened to early Elvis Costello records, Radiohead, and pre-Zooropa U2. Well, I like Coldplay regardless of what the cool police have to say about it. And let me tell you what: when Willie Nelson covers one of your songs it’s like a get out of jail free card from those cool police. In support of one of the many farming initiatives that Wille is involved with he recently recorded a version of The Scientist.
Last week I talked about what a great year 1991 was for music; now let me go back even further to 1969. First of all Woodstock happened in ’69 which of course has become a musical and cultural landmark but 1969 gave more than just a festival, it gave music that has shaped what we listen to today. The first Led Zeppelin album came out in ’69 as did Johnny Cash’s Live at San Quentin, Tommy by The Who, Stand! By Sly and the Family Stone along with debut albums from The Stooges, MC5 and The Jackson 5. I could have picked a lot of songs from this year but without the Jackson Five we wouldn’t have any good Jermaine and Tito jokes. (Shaping pop music is a given).
I was immediately biased towards Bruno Mars when I found out he got the nickname “Bruno” from his dad who loved wrestling great Bruno Sammartino, which is probably interesting to me and about 15 other people out there who like old school wrestling. Turns out I would have liked him anyway; he has written or co-written some of the best songs on radio over the past little while like F**K You by Cee-Lo Green. Even though I was a little bit unsure about Bruno when he released his own single “Just the Way you Are”, I must say he has grown on me and I think he is a rare fresh sound in pop music. The times I’ve been road tripping this past summer and had to play a game of channel scan to stay awake I would always listen to the end of one of his tunes. “Grenade” is as good a love song as I’ve heard in a long time and you know I’m a sucker for a good love song.
In my opinion Chilliwack are not mentioned enough when you hear historians or critics recount the great Canadian rock and roll bands of the 70’s and 80’s. Yeah I said Chilliwack. I guarantee you there are songs you hear everyday on the radio that you know you love and you’ve heard a million times, but you don’t know who the band is…and I bet you every time, the band is Chilliwack. My Girl (Gone Gone Gone) is a classic tune, one of the greats from our country. As good as it is however, it’s no where near as good as the SCTV version that Rick Moranis, John Candy and Eugene Levy did, not even close.
thanks for listening,
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Christmas Lights – Coldplay (2010)
Remember when Coldplay were the new cool band? Now, because they are HUGE, the cool police say they ain’t so cool anymore…but we don’t care about the cool police, do we? It’s been more than two years since Coldplay’s last studio album but there has been a lot of chatter about the new one which, seems to be nearing completion, and the band once again chose to work with the mad musical genius Brian Eno. But in the meantime they have released a Christmas tune called Christmas Lights, also produced by Brian Eno, which has just enough melancholy and bleakness with a hint of hope to sound exactly how you’d expect a Coldplay Christmas tune to sound. Happy Holidays to everyone from Coldplay….even the cool police.
Must Be Santa – Bob Dylan (2009)
I wonder what Adam Sandler thinks about Robert Zimmerman releasing a Christmas album instead of spreading Hannukah cheer? Of course we are talking about a Jewish born singer/songwriter by the name of Bob Dylan,who last year released his first Christmas album called Christmas In The Heart in which all his royalties were given to three different charities. Bob is a man of many words in song, but not so many in conversations and in a rare interview about the album he said that he recorded Christmas songs because “they were part of my life, just like folk songs”. In case you didn’t know, between 1978 and 1981, Dylan became a born-again Christian, so when asked if he believed the themes in the Christmas songs he was singing he said, “I am a true believer”. YES! Now finally it feels like I understand him (how do you indicate sarcasm in blog form?).
Whatever the case, the track Must Be Santa is a classic holiday tune, however Bob was inspired not by the original but by a Polka version he heard by a Texas band called Brave Combo. In Bob’s polka-vibed version, the difference is that he sings the names of recent US presidents instead of all the reindeer’s, because he’s Bob Dylan. But mostly because it’s fun to rhyme Nixon with Vixon and Clinton.
Frosty The Snowman - Leon Redbone and Dr John (1989)
Leon Redbone is a Canadian legend!!! Accomplished musician and comedian who has earned a cult following through the years, but lets not for one minute forget why we love him: his voice. He has become best known for his interpretations of old Tin Pan Ally tunes like his version of Hoagy Carmichael’s Lazybones, but a newer generation will probably know him as the voice of Leon The Snowman in the movie Elf and also as the OTHER voice singing “Baby, it’s Cold Outside” with Zooey Deschanel in the end credits. His inclusion on movies like Elf is because of the cult following he has earned over the years appearing on Saturday Night Live, as a regular guest of Johnny Carson and he sang the theme song from Mr. Belvedere for the love of the Lord! In 1987, when we wasn’t busy making a fortune as the Budweiser beer guy, he released an album called Christmas Island, which included a classic duet with the legendary Dr. John on Frosty the Snowman.
Christmas Day – Squeeze (1979)
Remember that song from the 80’s called Cool for Cats by the UK band Squeeze? The video had the backup singing/dancing girls with the Squeeze leather jackets? You definitely know their tune Tempted. Ya know, “Tempted by the fruit of another”…? I’m not ashamed to stand behind this song and call it one of the best of the 80’s (judge me if you want). However, even before that little North American break out gem came along, in the late 70’s they had some monster UK radio success and pretty much every single they released did well for them – except their song Christmas Day. I guess people weren’t quite ready for a new wave take on the story of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
I Want To Rock you Hard This Christmas - The Dan Band (2005)
One night at a wrap party as part of the cast of Stom, Dan Finnerty got up and sang a drunk karaoke version of I Am Woman, which was the beginning of a new life for him. That drunk performance snowballed into a cult following in L.A. of his performances of classic, strictly female-fronted songs in which he added lots and lots of cursing.The Dan Band was born! The Dan Band blew up because of an appearance in the movie Old School, and the rest is Dan Band history. Cursing, drinking and music…sounds exactly like the holidays to me! And I would be lying to myself if I didn’t say that he had me at “I wanna fill your stocking with my candy can of joy”. I like Candy Canes.