Friday, May 20, 2005

Stupid Rock Stars

Singer Chris Martin of the band Coldplay (a band I like very much, even if they are a watered down version of the great Radiohead) has bravely proclaimed his hatred of Capitalism. From Michelle Malkin:

When last Gwynnie Paltrow's husband, Brit musician Chris Martin of the band Coldplay, put foot in mouth, he was proclaiming apocalypse:

"We are all going to die when George Bush gets his way."

The planet survived, so Martin has found a new enemy to pass the time: his own record label, EMI. In New York to promote his band's overdue record, Martin said:

"I don't really care about EMI. I'm not really concerned about that. I think shareholders are the great evil of this modern world."

...Martin told reporters at Manhattan's Beacon Theatre that the band was uncomfortable that they sell so many albums they can affect a major corporation's stock price.

"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 backstage.

He criticised what he called "the slavery that we are all under to shareholders."

Meanwhile, professional Socialist Revolutionaries, Audioslave (a band I very much do not like, although I must say, Rage and Soundgarden, the bands from which Audioslave is made up, are two of the greatest bands in Rock history) played in Cuba and for once, decided that they needed to make no political statement. Yes, that's right they sat on their hands. From Discover the Network:

... the band Audioslave recently became the first American rock band to play in Cuba. On May 6th, they performed a one-off show at Havana's "Anti-Imperialist Tribunal" to a sellout crowd. (No, I'm not making the venue's name up.)

After the concert, Audioslave's guitarist, the Harvard educated and politically far left Tom Morello and the rest of the band held a press conference on Cuban soil. As I watched the conference, (yeah, I'm an Audioslave fan) I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for Morello to seize what was clearly a premiere opportunity to make a political statement.

Now keep in mind that Morello is a serious leftist activist, who purports to fight for the "oppressed," against "racism" and for "social justice." His last band, "Rage Against the Machine," was famous for its in-you-face leftist revolutionary stance, its vocal support of far- left causes and its deep love affair with Noam Chomsky, so it would not have been out of character for Morello to engage in a bit of self-righteous political grandstanding.

Instead of truly rocking by publicly criticizing Castro's imprisoning and torturing of artists who dare criticize his regime, instead of standing on the conference table and demanding that Castro allow unfettered freedom of expression and that he free all political prisoners, an action that would have reverberated around the globe, the activist Morello, who has fought hard for the release of cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal meekly said, "Music can transcend politics. This trip is absolute proof of this."

Morello then thanked Cuba for being hospitable, saying he would recommend to other American bands that they play there.

I dare him to chuck the groupies and his fat bank account, and live there as Cubans do.

Yes, thank you Cuba. Fidel come here, I want to kiss your fat butt as intimately as possible.

"Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me," indeed.