Major Minus is the eighth track on Mylo Xyloto, Coldplay's fifth album released in October 2011.
First reference. They were still considering what the title will be, but Chris Martin gave away a hint to the album name saying, "I don't want to say about the title. It will probably begin with an 'M'. Two words."
Chris said the lyrics on the band's next album are inspired by New York graffiti and the White Rose Movement - a group of German children in World War II who printed anti-Nazi flyers - and he admires people who speak out and express themselves in negative environments - admitting he's not always done that himself. "I admire it. I've spent a lot of my life playing it a bit safe or conforming to something, even though I didn't agree with it. So I have respect and admiration for people who don't. The ideas come from graffiti art of the 70s in New York, where people were expressing themselves with paint. Then there was the White Rose Movement. Anybody who's standing up for themselves. It's about being free to be yourself and to express yourself among negative surroundings. Being able to speak out or follow your passion, even if everybody seems against it."
In the article by Q Magazine published on 10th October 2011 entitled "First Impressions of... Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto" they wrote: "Beginning with the jagged strum of a detuned acoustic guitar, Major Minus sounds like the bitter flipside of God Put A Smile On Your Face. Chris Martin's vocals sounding like they were recorded in a seedy phonebox, the "they got one eye on the road/And one on you" chorus delivered amidst guitar shards and a kinetic percussive groove. One of the most immediate songs on the album, and the most darkly playful thing they've done since Daylight."
Coldplay first performed Major Minus at a friends and family gig at The Forum, Kentish Town, London on 31st May 2011. They then continued to play it at the summer festival dates of 2011, beginning at Rock im Park Festival, Nürnberg, Germany (3rd June 2011), and again at Rock am Ring the following day.
Trending of Major Minus
During Coldplay's headlining performance on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury festival on 25th June 2011, Major Minus trended on Twitter worldwide after the song had been played.
The Oracle on Major Minus
June 21, 2011 - submitted by Stevie, Mexico
Q. Hello, Oracle
Please answer me, this is like my seventh question, and this time I'm sure it's not illogical.
I read that Major Minus is gonna be released as a B-side of ETIAW. I think that Major Minus is a beautiful song, and is a track that must be on the album. But I obviously know that B-sides are usually not included on other albums than special editions. Is it going to be included on the album?
The Oracle replies:
You raise a good point. I must admit I thought the same as historically you're correct; b sides haven't appeared on the album.
All I can say is that there have been even more changes to how things (and what) are released since the last album so I wouldn't rule it out. That said, I swear I don't know the final track listing of the album and as you already know what I am about to say... even if I did, I couldn't provide the definitive answer to your question.
They got one eye watching you One eye on what you do So be careful who it is you're talking to They got one eye watching you One eye on what you do So be careful what it is you're trying to do And be careful if you're walking into view Just be careful if you're walking into view Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh oooh Got one eye on the road and one on you Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh oooh Got one eye on the road and one on They got one eye watching you One eye on what you do So be careful cause nothing they say is true No d, -don't believe a word Its jus-ust-us against the world And we just got to turn up to be heard Hear the crocodiles ticking round the world Hear the crocodiles ticking, they go ticking round the world Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh oooh Got one eye on the road and one on you Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh oooh Got one eye on the road and You could hear them climbing the stairs Got my right side fighting while my left hides under the chairs Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh oooh Got one eye on the road and one on you Ooh ooh ooh, ooh ooh ooh oooh Got one eye on the road and one on you