There was a fantastic game yesterday which pitted the wits of Twitter users against each other to make each and every band name a little less exciting.Don't let the concept fool you, because the results were often creative and hilarious. Here, we round up our favorite #lessexcitingbandnames:
- Miffed Against the Machine
- Queens Of The Middle Ages
- Carving Pumpkins
- They Might Be Midgets
- Guns N' Dandilions
- Cold day
- 53 Cents
- Green Mild Bell Peppers
- You Too
- Nuns N' Roses
- Maybe Maybe Maybes
- Near The Drive-In
- Death Cab For Average-Looking
- Flu Fighters
- Foo Scuffles
- Stone Temple Stewadess
- Helium Zeppelin
- 30 Seconds To Utah
- My Chemical Toilet
If you want to join in the fun, be sure to add your contribution to the comments.
Noel Gallagher has rejected his brother Liam Gallagher's olive branch to reunite Oasisin 2015 for the 20th anniversary of '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?'.
The band's ex-guitarist said his brother was welcome to go ahead and play their seminal album in its entirety, but said he would have no involvement in it.
Gallagher told BBC Newsbeat: "He's got my permission to go and play it. He can play it if he wants. I don't mind. I left that band for a reason and that reason still stands."
Despite recently launching legal action against his brother, Liam said if the pair could put "their shit aside" he would consider playing their seminal album in its entirety. Noel also admitted previously that he may have been too hasty quittingOasis and he would have love to have toured their 1995 album again.
Meanwhile, the ex-Oasis chief also revealed that he knew about The Stone Roses reunion for some time. "We'd known for a while and were sworn to secrecy," he told The Daily Star. "It's great for the fans and for them and nice feeling just to see them together after so long. I love them as friends and as a band.
He added: "They've been split for 15 years, we split up 15 minutes ago. We're all waiting for The Smiths to do it. They say it won't happen but they said the same about the Roses."
It’s very rare in the ego fest that is rock and roll to hear any artist talk to the detriment of their own music.
In an interview with the NME,
however, Coldplay’s Chris
Martinhas admitted that he is not up there with the
likes of Bob Dylan orBruce
Springsteen when it comes to writing lyrics: "I
know our lyrics are a bit sh-t, but (the ones for new track
Charlie Brown) I like them a lot."
It is perhaps unsurprising that the lyrics to Charlie Brown have led the singer to question his band’s prowess as wordsmiths. One particularly bizarre verse from the track reads as follows.
"My scarecrow dreams
When they smashed my heart into smithereens
I be a bright red rose come bursting the concrete
Be the cartoon heart"
As Gigwise reports, the Coldplay front man has also asserted in the interview that his duet with pop star Rhianna on new albumMylo Xyloto is the highlight of the disc:
"Because we put the whole thing through as a story and there's a boy and a girl part, we thought 'who would we like to play the part of the girl?' Princess Of China was very much a back and forth, a duet.
"Top of our list was Rihanna. Bottom of our list was nobody else. We waited about a year and a half to pluck up the courage to ask her. That's my favourite bit of the album. It's the only bit I can bear to listen to because I'm not on it.""Mylo Xyloto" is released today. Whether you think that Chris Martin is being modest about his lyrical prowess or agree with him that Coldplay’s lyrics are far from great, let us know in the comments section.
Rock & Pop
- Mayer Hawthorne - How Do You Do
- Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
- Darren Hayes - Secret Codes & Battleships
Classcial & Jazz
- Michael Buble - Christmas
- Susan Boyle - Someone To Watch Over Me
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Muse are working on their new album and say it should be released by fall 2012.
Manager Anthony Addis told Billboard about the album progress:
"They've now gone into the recording studio," Addis said. "The plan is to do it all in London...Hopefully, [the album] might come out October next year. They've written a lot of material already but you don't know how it's going to gel between them all. They write constantly. They write on the road, so before or after a gig they'll write nearly every night. It's a serious process, but you don't know how it's going to turn out [until] you start practicing it together, because everybody's done it individually."
Can Muse really build on their past successes, considering how they've been at the top of the live-music game for so long? Addis thinks they have room for improvement in America, but the economy still isn't in their favour.
"We did a joint headline show with Rage Against The Machine in L.A. at the 90,000-capacity Memorial Coliseum and there were about 55,000 people there," Addis said. "People haven't got the money anymore. I think it's worldwide. I think it's just hitting into the U.K. now, as you can see with retail."
The manager says they have a tight strategy for making sure the fans come back next time. The secret, he says, is to mix a great show with a little science.
"You've got to give them an experience at the right price. We've increased worldwide [ticket sales] by 40% each time. And that's how we increase the fan base, because they've enjoyed it as a spectacle.
"Every night after the show we have an analysis of what went down right and what didn't, and all of that is logged in into a database. We know what happened in every show and every city going back all the years. If a number didn't go down well, then it will not appear in the set next time."Muse recently waved goodbye to their 2001 album "Origin Of Symmetry" at the Reading And Leeds festivals in the UK. They played the modern classic from start to finish to celebrate its 10th anniversary, but also to draw a line under their past.
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"The MP3 revolution means that young people are accessing music more than ever before, and it’s not uncommon for some to listen to music for seven or eight hours a day. Most listen to a range of music in positive ways: to block out crowds, to lift their mood or to give them energy when exercising.
"But young people at risk of depression are more likely to be listening to music, particularly heavy metal music, in a negative way. Examples of this are when someone listens to the same song or album of heavy metal music over and over again, and doesn’t listen to anything else. They do this to isolate themselves or escape from reality. If this behaviour continues over a period of time it might indicate that this young person is suffering from depression or anxiety, and at worst, might suggest suicidal tendencies."
Dr. McFadden has encouraged parents to take an interest in their children’s’ listening habits to combat this issue:
"They should ask their children questions like, ‘How does that music make you feel?’ If children say the music reflects or mirrors the way they feel, then ask more about what the music is saying. If listening doesn’t make them feel good about themselves, this should ring alarm bells. Alternatively, if parents notice a downturn in their child’s mood after listening to music, this is also a cause for showing interest and getting involved."This study is not the first time that heavy metal music has been associated with suicide. The records of both Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest were cited in the 1980s as being responsible for teen suicides. Both of these accusations were ultimately dismissed in court.
The Irish group will bow out following a farewell tour next year and said they are looking forward to ''new ventures''.
Over the course of their career the group has achieved 14 number one hits.
In a statement the group said tonight: ''Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family.''
The group - for many years managed by Louis Walsh - survived the departure of one of its founding members Bryan McFadden, and continued seamlessly as a four-piece.
Singer Mark Feehily also won admiration for announcing he was
gay when the boy band were at the peak of their success.
They produced hit after hit, with singles such as Swear It Again and Flying Without Wings among their number ones.
Many of their big hits over the years were cover versions and they capitalised on a swing revival by recording a Rat Pack-style album Allow Us To Be Frank.
Members Feehily, Kian Egan, Shane Filan and Nicky Byrne are due to release a greatest hits album shortly.
They said they had "countless memories that we will forever cherish" from their years together.
In a statement posted on their website, they said: "We today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year.
"The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures.
"We see the greatest hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time."
It continued: "Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family.
"We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too.
"We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us."
The band have notched up 11 top five albums - seven of which have gone to number one - which have together sold 44 million copies around the world.
The group were initially groomed as the natural successors to Boyzone, but their astonishing string of number ones - each of their first seven singles topped the charts - meant they outstripped their predecessors.
The Boyzone connection helped to raise their profile in the early days, with the group's Ronan Keating co-managing Westlife at one stage.
They began life in July 1998 as IOU, headlining an annual Irish radio roadshow, and soon went on to land a record deal with RCA.
Prior to a support tour with Boyzone, the group changed its name to Westside, a name which Walsh had apparently seen written on the side of a bin.
They then took part in the annual Smash Hits Roadshow, and were handed the best new act award at the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party.
But as a result of legal wrangles over the group's name they were renamed Westlife and released first single Swear It Again with instant success.
An uninterrupted run of consecutive number one singles followed, including their collaboration with Mariah Carey on the ballad Against All Odds, with an eye on breaking the US market which had so far failed to succumb to their charms.
In 2000, they won a head-to-head chart battle with Spice Girls, with Westlife's Coast To Coast triumphing.
But there was disappointment when What Makes A Man failed to take the Christmas number one - held off by Bob The Builder.
They were chosen to release the 2001 Comic Relief single, a version of Billy Joel's Uptown Girl with Claudia Schiffer in the video.They recorded and toured relentlessly until shortly after a triumphant show in 2008 at Dublin's Croke Park - selling out 82,000 tickets in a day - when they decided to take a year off.
SINGAPORE: Korean girl group SNSD's upcoming S$1.8 million Singapore concert has pipped Shinee's S$1.7 million concert here, to become the most expensive concert staged in Singapore by a single K-pop act so far, said concert organisers Running Into The Sun (RITS) and Conceptual.
RITS revealed in a statement that SNSD's performance here will have all the bells and whistles of a large-scale K-pop concert and then some -- it will feature the standard massive LED screens and lasers as well as new elements like trapezes and two custom-built stages with three walkways between them.
The girls will move about on the walkways over the course of the three-hour show, allowing a little over 2000 concert-goers in the three mosh pits to see them up close, essentially making the mosh pits the place to be for hardcore SNSD fans.
Recent news that the nine-member girl group had brought forward their first solo concert in Singapore to December 9 had left their fans here in a tizzy, and sparked intense speculation over when ticket sales will begin and how much they will cost.
RITS said a total of 5500 tickets priced at S$168 and S$218 are available for sale.
Samsung customers and OCBC cardholders can get their tickets from October 29 while the public will have to wait till November 1 to purchase their tickets.
Text by: Eunice Lim
Photos by: Natalie
American pop-punk outfit All Time Low’s latest effort, Dirty Work, might not have fared too well amongst pundits for being an album chockfull with mainstream pop songs laced with the themes of girls and booze, but the hardcore Hustlers – as All Time Low fans are known – certainly did not feel the same way. When the band stopped by our sunny shores for a gig this month, they were greeted by an outpouring of love from the hundreds of fans in attendance.
It rained down heavily on the crowd who was waiting for the four-piece band to take the stage at Wave House, Sentosa,. However, the dismal weather and a painstaking delay of more than an hour and a half did nothing to dampen the spirits of the dedicated fans.