Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Confused Factor – The Truth About Jedwood, Calvin Harris and a Pineapple

The X Factor:First Simon Cowell insists it’s a singing competition then gets rid of contestants that can sing then Louie Walsh claims that the show is all about fun ...so when a member of the audience decides to have some, why he is derided as a publicity seeking idiot.
So what was Calvin Harris thinking about, jumping on stage during Jedwoods performance, clutching a pineapple? Here is his explanation to Radio One’s Chris Moyles:

Chris: Look, we had to get you on and talk about your appearance, albeit brief appearance on X Factor on Saturday. Have you seen it back yet?

Calvin Harris: Yeah

Chris: Are you happy or disappointed?

Calvin Harris: It did everything I wanted to achieve, which was nothing.

Dave: You were there because you were set to appear on the Xtra Factor, were you not?

Calvin Harris: I was, I was backstage I was waiting to go on and I was listening to everyone taking it incredibly seriously. I was just inspired to make a mockery of the show. Because it is a music competition, it is a joke and I think it should be treated as such, so when people were saying “John and Edward, maybe they deserve to stay in this week”, I was like “Are you watching what I’m watching?” It’s terrible, it’s terrible. I need to get out there and basically for the greater good of the nation I wanted to go out there and make an idiot of myself and sort of just bring the whole show into another kind of area in which it’s treated as kind of a joke

Dave: What’s your take on John and Edward, obviously you don’t rate them musically but do you think they have a place in the show for entertainment?

Calvin Harris: Um yeah, yeah, but as entertainment goes it’s pretty much down there with the worst. So compared to everybody else and you know they’re there and it’s funny, but I’ve noticed as the week goes on it’s kind of knowingly funny, whereas first it was kind of “John and Edward. ah they’re rubbish, they should get out of there” and they were doing these terrible performances and it was hilarious, and then the producers cottoned on to this, as occasionally they do, and kind of make scenarios which they thought it would be funnier to put them in, and it wasn’t which was a shame.

Chris: In a weird way though, you may have helped J&E to stay in next week

Calvin Harris: This is what I want to do, I want them to win, I love them

Chris: So you do want them to win?

Calvin Harris: Yeah I’d love them to win because where can they go from there? Not them, where can X Factor go from there? It’s not a music competition

Chris: Would you like to see the demise of X Factor as a show?

Calvin Harris: I think if you look and… I mean obviously I release singles, I try and get in the charts and all this kind of stuff, but separating me from that I’m a fan of music, I’m a fan of pop music. If you look at the chart it’s like a frightening stranglehold that Simon Cowell has got over the entire music chart in the UK at the moment, it’s really impressive but it’s really frightening at the same time. It would be nice to see him use that power a little bit more creatively and maybe use I don’t know interesting producers of music to make songs because pretty much whatever he puts out by Leona or whoever is going to do incredibly well so why not try and make the most amazing music that anyone has ever heard in their life? I think it just shows that he’s not really a music fan.

Chris: I think by his own, and I’m not defending Simon, but I think by his own admission that he makes popular stuff, he’s not there to make groundbreaking music

Calvin Harris: Why can’t he make groundbreaking music popular? The position he’s put himself in he could change the whole country musically and make it amazing and it’s annoying that he’s not doing that, he’s pretty much just releasing the same records again and again and again

Chris: OK so you have a fairly serious point that you have obviously thought through long and hard, so explain to me where the pineapple came in

Calvin Harris: The pineapple was the mimic the hair and it was the only available tool at the time in order to mimic J&E hair, and I think to be honest it did an incredible job

Dave: I think I don’t think any other fruit could have mimicked their quiff in such a way

Calvin Harris: No you’re right

So now you know!

1 comment:

  1. I caught a bit of X Factor on Sunday and thought it was funny that somebody had infiltrated the latest John and Edward performance but was amazed to hear it was Calvin Harris. Then again, Mr Harris has let fame go to his head somewhat.

    He makes a good point about Simon Cowell's strangelehold on the charts, but it's not as though he's going to give somebody a Captain Beefeart, Battles or Fuck Buttons track to perform on prime time ITV Saturday night is it? The closest X Factor comes to counter-culture is when Simon bends the rules to allow his afroed charges the chance to sing songs out of Harmony Korine movies. Still, when has 'Gummo' ever been mentioned on mainstream TV before?