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Experts Decode Coldplay's Album Cover Art
Associated Press ^ | 6/9/05 | Unknown

Posted on 06/09/2005 2:39:36 PM PDT by GPBurdell

LONDON - Is Coldplay trying to tell us something with that multicolored symbol on the cover of their new album? Cubelike images adorn the packaging, both on the cover and the liner notes, of "X&Y," the British band's much-anticipated third album that was released Tuesday.

New Music Express asked a number of top art experts to figure out what the geometric figure on the cover means. They've concluded that it's a 19th-century telegraphic code known as the Baudot Code, or The International Telegraph Code Number One. It was used in teletype machines in the late 1800s.

So, what does it say on the album cover? It says, appropriately enough, "X and Y." The rainbow colors are there just to make it pretty.

A message on the back of the liner notes says, "Make Trade Fair." The band is politically active, and lists several Web sites in the liner notes at which fans can get involved in global affairs


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antibush; art; coldplay; freetrade; music
Here's the mysterious cover:

Some people have way too much time on their hands.

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1 posted on 06/09/2005 2:39:37 PM PDT by GPBurdell
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To: GPBurdell

Their new "hit" sounds like a rehash of their last hit.


2 posted on 06/09/2005 2:43:46 PM PDT by Cecily
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To: GPBurdell

Wonder what happens when you play it synced up to "The Wizard of Oz"...


3 posted on 06/09/2005 2:49:12 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: GPBurdell

Does it say who buried Paul?


4 posted on 06/09/2005 2:49:15 PM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: George Smiley

Or backwards, for that matter.


5 posted on 06/09/2005 2:49:27 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: GPBurdell

And that's where the term "baud" (for those of you who remember modems prior to DSL) came from, by the way.


6 posted on 06/09/2005 2:50:17 PM PDT by George Smiley (This tagline deliberately targeted journalists.)
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To: GPBurdell
So, what does it say on the album cover?

The Dahli Llama is secretly a Hindu rapper who eats potato chips in bed.......

7 posted on 06/09/2005 2:53:51 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: GPBurdell

the secret message is: "my nutjob wife named our daughter 'apple' "


8 posted on 06/09/2005 2:54:36 PM PDT by isom35
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To: GPBurdell

Why all the attempts to make themselves important and push political causes...?

Oh, for the days when one bought an album because they liked the music.


9 posted on 06/09/2005 2:54:47 PM PDT by jra
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To: George Smiley
And that's where the term "baud" (for those of you who remember modems prior to DSL) came from, by the way.

And I had always thought it was derived from "bawd" as a measure of how much porn a modem could download.

10 posted on 06/09/2005 2:55:17 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republicans and Democrats no longer exist. There are only Fabian and revolutionary socialists.)
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To: isom35

LOL!


11 posted on 06/09/2005 2:56:13 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (DON'T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THE CURTAINS THEY ARE WEARING ON THEIR HEADS !)
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To: GPBurdell
Some people have way too much time on their hands

Next: Playing the Crazy Frog Ringtone Backwards Reveals Satanic Message

12 posted on 06/09/2005 3:12:10 PM PDT by fat city (Julius Rosenberg's soviet code name was "Liberal")
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To: GPBurdell

X Y = male chromosomes.

Rainbow = Fruitcakes.


You do the math.


13 posted on 06/09/2005 3:12:42 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: GPBurdell

Wonder what the "%29 off" means? Huge demand maybe?


14 posted on 06/09/2005 3:56:07 PM PDT by BallyBill
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To: jra
Why all the attempts to make themselves important and push political causes...?

Musicians like to go out in a blaze of glory. Remember, it's better to burn out than fade away.

15 posted on 06/09/2005 4:15:17 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: BallyBill

Cold Played Out -- Newest album fizzles.


16 posted on 06/09/2005 4:15:58 PM PDT by BlackRain
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To: fat city
I'm interested in the frog ringtone album cover. Who's Coldplay?

You know that music has hit bottom when novelty songs hit the charts.

Think of the 70s: Convoy, Disco Duck, Kung Fu Fighting, Muskrat Love, My Ding-a-Ling (Chuck Berry), Short People, The Streak.

17 posted on 06/09/2005 4:22:51 PM PDT by AmishDude (Join the AmishDude fan club: "LOL!!!" -- MikeinIraq; "Bravo" -- EODTIM69)
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To: BallyBill

Amazon always does that with potential big sellers. The sticker price can be thought of as an MSRP. The next Harry Potter book will probably be 30% off at Amazon.


18 posted on 06/09/2005 4:24:23 PM PDT by AmishDude (Join the AmishDude fan club: "LOL!!!" -- MikeinIraq; "Bravo" -- EODTIM69)
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To: GPBurdell

Coldplay just wishes they were pavement.


19 posted on 06/09/2005 4:29:29 PM PDT by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: GPBurdell
What is this "cold play" that the MSM is trying to cram down my throat? Football in a snowstorm? A cryogenically cooled video game system?

Kidding!

I've heard it - it puts me to sleep. Give me some Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Slayer, or old Metallica (pre-Load) any day.

20 posted on 06/09/2005 4:50:02 PM PDT by FierceDraka (The Democratic Party - Aiding and Abetting The Enemies of America Since 1968)
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To: Yo-Yo
Does it say who buried Paul?

Sure it doesn't say "cranberry sauce"?

Goo-goo-ka-choo!

;-D

21 posted on 06/09/2005 4:51:09 PM PDT by FierceDraka (The Democratic Party - Aiding and Abetting The Enemies of America Since 1968)
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To: George Smiley
Or backwards, for that matter.

If played backwards, it probably says, "Give me a wooden apple for the banana patch monkeys".

;-D

22 posted on 06/09/2005 4:53:07 PM PDT by FierceDraka (The Democratic Party - Aiding and Abetting The Enemies of America Since 1968)
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To: GPBurdell

LOL! Baudot was still being used by the military when I got out in '97.


23 posted on 06/09/2005 4:59:50 PM PDT by Doohickey (CO during fire drill: "Are we conducting a training evolution or porpoising for the hell of it?")
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To: randog

I'd rather listen to my old Def Leppard albums than these schmucks any day. BTW, DL is apparently touring with Tesla this summer. What a blast from the past! I remember buying the singles off the Hysteria album, because when you put them all together, they form a bigger picture.


24 posted on 06/09/2005 9:12:41 PM PDT by toothfairy86
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To: George Smiley
Wonder what happens when you play it synced up to "The Wizard of Oz"...

You are magically transported to the Dark Side of the Moon?

25 posted on 06/09/2005 10:17:10 PM PDT by zeugma (Democrats are Varelse...)
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To: FierceDraka
LED ZEPPLIN
26 posted on 06/10/2005 6:04:44 AM PDT by Vote 4 Nixon (Fish...Eat...Sleep...Redux)
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To: zeugma

You are magically transported to the Dark Side of the Moon?

Ahhh, now there's an album!!

" According to the December 1, 2001 issue of Billboard, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon has been on the charts for an astounding 1,285 weeks. That's just under 25 years! Its closest rival is James Taylor's Greatest Hits, checking in at 573 weeks on the chart. James can expect to reach Pink Floyd's record number in about 13 1/2 years."

COLDPLAY who?


27 posted on 06/10/2005 6:22:03 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: GPBurdell

Looks like spectroscopy lines.


28 posted on 06/10/2005 7:59:38 AM PDT by RightWingAtheist (Creationism is not conservative!)
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To: JZelle
Indeed. From what I understand, it was just about to drop off the charts in the 80s when they released the CD if DSOTM. Been there ever since. The appeal of that album to people who listen to all different genres is astounding.
29 posted on 06/10/2005 10:34:52 AM PDT by zeugma (Democrats are Varelse...)
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To: Vote 4 Nixon
LED ZEPPLIN

Yep, Zep too. I just got the Led Zep box set last month. Swwwweet!

30 posted on 06/10/2005 2:31:39 PM PDT by FierceDraka (The Democratic Party - Aiding and Abetting The Enemies of America Since 1968)
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To: FierceDraka
But I like "long hair" Metallica and A Rush of Blood to the Head.
31 posted on 06/10/2005 2:37:19 PM PDT by stands2reason (It's 2005, and two wrongs still don't make a right.)
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