Kill The Popscene! Vol 4. feat. Beastie Boys, Coldplay & More

This week: Coldplay cover Beastie Boys awkwardly in tribute to Adam Yauch.

Paul Tamburroby Paul Tamburro

Welcome to the fourth installment of Kill The Popscene!, a Crave Online weekly music blog that will be focusing solely on new music from the UK, both good and bad, that has been pumped into our earholes throughout the last week. So go make yourself a nice cup of tea, postpone your ongoing battle with Lord Voldemort and sit down and enjoy some good ol' fashioned limey audible bliss…

Coldplay cover Beastie Boys' 'Fight For Your Right'

The biggest and most tragic news in the music world last week was that Adam Yauch, a.k.a. Beastie Boy MCA, lost his battle with cancer and passed away at the far-too-young age of 47. In the wake of his death everyone from Thom Yorke through to Eminem had kind words to say about Yauch's impact on them as both a human and as a musician, culminating in Coldplay covering the Brooklyn hip-hop trios breakout single '(You've Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)'. 

There have been those who have slated Coldplay for turning the Beasties' anthemic, goofy ode to teenage rebellion into… well… a Coldplay song, but I ask you – what is goofier than Coldplay covering the Beastie Boys? The answer is nothing, so take Chris Martin's warbling of "your mom's thrown away your best porno mag" for what it is – a show of respect from a band who, despite sharing no similarites with the Beasties, were still somehow touched by MCA & co.


John Lydon is ageless, apparently

Public Image Ltd. release their One Drop EP today, the title track of which features John Lydon singing "we come from chaos, you cannot change us / we are the ageless, we are teenagers ". Remember those lyrics whilst watching the below video of John Lydon in a commercial for Country Life butter:


Damon Albarn performed on Jools Holland

It must be difficult promoting a concept album based around the life of a 16th-century mathematician, but if there's one thing that Damon Albarn enjoys it's a challenge, so here he is on Later with Jools Holland giving you the best excuse to go out and pick up the fabulous Dr. Dee with his performance of stand-out track 'Apple Carts'.


Here's Jay-Z's latest protégé, Rita Ora

Damon Albarn wasn't the only one delivering the goods on …Jools Holland last week – Jay-Z's next big thing Rita Ora showed up, too. Ora has been working on her debut album for two years and, with the backing of her label Roc Nation, has recruited the likes of Kanye West, Drake and to help her with it, which means that in around two months you'll probably be sick to death of hearing about Rita bloody Ora.


Blood Red Shoes unveil London riots-inspired single

Blood Red Shoes unveiled the video for their single 'Lost Kids', taken from their third album In Time To Voices. The track was inspired by the "destructive, frustrated energy" of the London riots, yet the video suspiciously doesn't feature any clips of the band breaking into Tesco's and stealing a 19p packet of basmati rice.

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