Posted by Newson 06/12/2012 at 9:01 AM
You’re just messing around one morning, reading an interview with Usher about his quite good, if quite scattershot, Looking 4 Myself. (If you don’t spend your mornings reading about Usher, consider starting. With this, perhaps. Or this.) And amid the standard stuff about Usher looking for himself, still having falsetto, being OK with the club and its natives like David Guetta, plus the non-standard stuff like Shazam being the new record crate and Big Boi selling him a dog(?), there’s this:
Second verse [of Climax] I didn’t even give anybody no time to say anything. I said, I got it, I got it. Instantly. It was a little bit of Coldplay that I pulled from.
How do you translate Coldplay into “Climax?” I never would have heard that. I told you, you never know when it’s gonna be useful. That’s naturally where I went. I don’t know how it worked, but in my vast library of stored musical references, I kind of flipped through and found that one like, Yeah, this would be perfect there.
That verse, for those who haven’t broken “Climax” down to verse/chorus/verse (it’s a little knotty), is the one that goes “I gave my best, it wasn’t enough….” We can sort of hear it. But it’s safe to say we’ve never have heard it had Usher not mentioned it. Which is fine! It’s interesting. It’s something we’ve learned today. And most of all, it’s a great new way to troll music snobs (you know you know some) who love “Climax”: tell them they’ve secretly fallen for a Coldplay song. That’s a blow that’ll keep raining down.
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