Sunday, January 31, 2010

What's Worse Than a Fake British Accent?

Fake British spelling!

I came across the new album by OK Go, a band from Chicago that currently lives in Los Angeles. It's called "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky."

Maybe this is just the latest round in the decades-old tat-for-tat competition between American and British rock musicians. First the Rolling Stones stole our accents, so Green Day and the Killers stole theirs. Now apparently we're stealing their spelling too.

I hope Coldplay or Oasis will exact their revenge by naming their next album: "I Got Mad After Spilling My Favorite French Fries in an Elevator at the Theater."

UPDATE: It should be noted that OK Go wasn't the first to do this. There was Living Colour, of course (out of New York). And in 1997, the Seattle-based Foo Fighters released an album called "The Colour and the Shape."

That album only reached No. 10 on the U.S. charts, but it hit No. 3 in the United Kingdom. Clearly they were pandering!