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Stop making me angry, Bob.

I'm not sure I understand the purpose of Live 8. Was it to simply raise awareness of the fact that there is still an ongoing starvation/disease/death issue in the world? Was it honestly to get the attention of the leaders of the G8 Summit? Hahaha... Seriously? They were supposed to care? Was it to raise awareness of the fact that they've continually talked about these issues for over 25 years and still the problem isn't gone? Was it to give the Boomtown Rats something to do? Was it so that U2, Paul McCartney, R.E.M., and The Cure could still pretend they were relevant in any way to anything? Do they realize that their concert symbol is a big dollar sign sprouting out of Africa?

I'm being pretty facetious here. Maybe it's just my jaded nearing-30 outlook. But the idea that a group of concerts throughout the world will somehow make a group of some of the most powerful policy makers in the world stop thinking about their own agendas and care about the world at large is pretty damned pie-in-the-sky. I thought the point was to get the best of each country to play in their home country? Why the FUCK are the Pet Shop Boys playing Moscow? Why is some utter shit American band like Good Charlotte representing Japan? Why is the list of celebrity presenters for the Philly show nearly as long as the play list?
Tell me again why the Spice Girls weren't okay but Destiny's Child is?


Add the silliness of the concept (shocking that Bob "no really, I'm brilliant" Geldof was the impetus) to the fact that this is a global playlist of bands I would NEVER listen to in the first place, let alone go out of my way to watch/see and you've got one big "huh?" for people like me.

Distributing its broadcast through Time Warner and Viacom is really brilliant as well. Only the behemoths are allowed to broadcast our CONCERT TO HELP EVERYONE STOP STARVING. Only the richest companies will benefit. And we're only going to do it by grovelling to the powers that be. That's a real message for tomorrow there, folks. Just keep asking nicely and maybe someday someone with power might pay attention. This sort of thing is so that people who don't actually do anything to solve the issue can still pat themselves on the back for trying. This is a feel good, not a do good.

Apparently people honestly gave a shit about the concert, about the performers, about Pink "I think I'm supposed to think this is cool and therefore I do" Floyd. I guess I get that on a conceptual level. The way I would if I read about characters in a book, far removed, being interested in such a thing.
Out of the whole playlist for all the countries... uhm...
Annie Lennox has a great voice
I think Chris Cornell is good when he isn't involved with Audioslave, which is who played.
Faithless is fine.
Roxy Music and Duran Duran I both have 80's music softspots for.
Stevie Wonder I don't hate and Sarah McLachlan I know Karl enjoys (but too much 90s radio has left me cold)
And uhm.. a few others that I'm sure I would like (but probably the list from Johannesburg which is all orchestral/pan African music).

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sinisteragent
Jul. 3rd, 2005 05:44 pm (UTC)
A few cynical possiblities:

1) To make people think they're doing something about it

2) To redirect the energy and effort that could otherwise have gone into an overtly political pressure/protest campaign

3) To sell some of Razorlight/U2's dreadful records

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