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Old 05-26-2005, 01:58 PM   #16
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this is totally unrelated but how do u quote somebody and include the "Originally posted by" in italics?
Just hit the "quote" button on the far right of the post you want to quote.
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Old 05-26-2005, 02:02 PM   #17
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there is only one wat to settle this.


they need to go on American Idol

and let the voting begin.
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Old 05-26-2005, 02:04 PM   #18
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Just hit the "quote" button on the far right of the post you want to quote.

oo silly me. Thanks!!
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Bono would be proud. He explained his whole "best band in the world" title, was partly a motivation for U2, but also, a motivation for other bands, to step up and prove him wrong, or at least compete with them, against "saccharin" music as Bono put it.

It worked, I mean, look how many rock bands are out there, on the charts, pop charts even, compared to when U2 were touring last time.

Some U2 fans are angry, Bono's probably laughing, "it worked!"
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Old 05-26-2005, 02:06 PM   #20
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As long as U2 is in existence, Coldplay will never, ever, ever, ever be the best band in the world. And even when U2 is gone, Coldplay will have to compete with The Killers....
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Best band in the world? Being beaten to no.1 by a Frog.....

Whatever Mr Martin.
WHO buys the records really has nothing to do with it. You've worded that as if Crazy Frog is selling because he is considered by everyone to be the BE ALL AND END ALL of music.

On Mr Martin, well...I think he's got the ego, certainly...but I think we'll have to wait for X+Y to come out and Coldplay to back it with a stupidly high standard, followed by some more music before instantly assuming they're the best because they sell. Yes I love Coldplay, but I don't think they're the best band in the world. That's Radiohead.
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Bono would be proud. He explained his whole "best band in the world" title, was partly a motivation for U2, but also, a motivation for other bands, to step up and prove him wrong, or at least compete with them, against "saccharin" music as Bono put it.
Seriously.

Good for him, he's optimistic. We need more of that.
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WHO buys the records really has nothing to do with it. You've worded that as if Crazy Frog is selling because he is considered by everyone to be the BE ALL AND END ALL of music.
Didnt u know?

HE IS!!
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Old 05-26-2005, 02:29 PM   #24
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***CONTEXT ALERT, CONTEXT ALERT***

Here is the Newsweek article Launch stole this quote from, and you'll see it reads a bit differently:
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Martin has never been shy about his belief that he's in "the best band in the world," and "X&Y" is a conscious effort to seize that title by force. "You want to be able to hold your head up high in a room with McCartney and Bono. That's one of the main things that drives me," says the singer, 28. "Are we trying to get to the next level? Yes. We're trying to get to the very highest level. We want to be better than Mozart. That doesn't mean we are, but that's what we're trying for. To me, there's no point in trying for anything less."
Notice the strategically placed quote marks around "the best band in the world". It's quite possible, even likely, that he was saying something different.

In fact, here is an EW interview in which Martin specifically disavows the idea of being the best band in the world:
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When the world ends in 200 years, it'd be nice to be like, ''Oh yeah, and the best band were Coldplay.'' Unless you have that ambition, there's no point in really carrying on. It doesn't mean that we think we've got there or we will get there, but we're always trying. We're applying for that job that they applied for, as well. But Bono is a great rock star and always has been, and that's what comes to him naturally.
So be very suspicious of Launch, is what I'm saying.
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Bono would be proud. He explained his whole "best band in the world" title, was partly a motivation for U2, but also, a motivation for other bands, to step up and prove him wrong, or at least compete with them, against "saccharin" music as Bono put it.

It worked, I mean, look how many rock bands are out there, on the charts, pop charts even, compared to when U2 were touring last time.

Some U2 fans are angry, Bono's probably laughing, "it worked!"
Exactly. I'm sure Bono is smiling somewhere, and glad that another band is willing to brash like U2. Bono loves those big "who's the best band" debates, and I think he thinks it's healthy for rock music.

Coldplay is not the best band, but I don't fault Chris Martin for saying it, I guess. Bono always goes around saying the same thing. Oasis used to do it, too. Noel Gallagher once joked, "if you tell the whole world that you're the best band, half of them will believe you anyway"
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What have they never heard of U2 before? Idiots, I personally think all their songs sound the same
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I personally like the statement. It is very Bono, and more to the point very John Lennon. It is good to cause controversy and conversation.

Currently, I think (regardless of my opinions on them) that they may be one of the biggest bands in the world. If U2 are, they certainly are. Not talking about past performace, sales, anything...just overall popularity RIGHT NOW.

He has a point...probably wrong...and Bono is probably wrong too...but I still like Chris being bombastic. I am very sure he said that with just a bit of tounge in his cheek.

The comment about Chris saying this right now is like U2 saying it after Boy and October is not really a fair comparison. U2 weren't very popular at that point, and hadn't come close to reaching their critical and popular success both in sales and touring of the eighties. Coldplay is WAY ahead in all counts at this point in their careers.

I think Martin is just taking a play from Bono's playbook. He is a huge fan, and am sure feels like he wants to achieve their level. They may very well.

I would like to see a track by track, production value, song writing debate on the following:

Boy vs. Parachutes
October vs. A Rush of Blood to the Head
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And besides, anyone that names their child after a fruit should be shot
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first, and this is purely subjective but they are NOT the best band. second, in present times the state of music has been rebounding. Look at all the new great bands out right now, just to name a few...Bloc Party, The Killers, audioslave, franz ferdinand, etc. etc.
Eesh. I guess some people's idea of "great bands" can be very different than my idea.

Anywho, the state of music, persay, really isn't that bad overall. It's just the state of mainstream music that could use some improvement.

Oh, and I agree with cmb737. Martin's just setting high goals for himself, really. Nothing wrong with that.

And it's kind of crazy to see some of the responses in this thread. Some other band besides U2 claims to be trying to be "the best band in the world" and people get so defensive. "OMFG NO WAY COLDPLAY CAN'T BE DA BEST BAND IN DA WORLD CUZ BONO SAID DAT U2 WUZ LOL."

Not to insult anyone, but just something I noticed.
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Maybe Coldplay's new album will flop like Oasis' Be Here Now did.
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