The Flood (Cheryl Cole song) and Mitsubishi GTO

"The Flood" is a song by English recording artist Cheryl Cole. The song was written by Priscilla Hamilton and Wayne Wilkins, for Cole's second studio album, Messy Little Raindrops (2010). It was released on 2 January 2011 through Fascination Records, as the album's second and final single. The song, produced by Wilkins and Antwoine Collins, has lyrics that refer to a "natural disaster love" and make many allusions to shipwreck, the sea, and water.

"The Flood" received mixed reviews from music critics. Despite some saying the song is perfectly suited to Cole's voice, critics questioned Cole's effectiveness as a balladeer, while calling the song "a flood of stool". "The Flood" achieved moderate success, peaking at number eighteen in the United Kingdom, making it Cole's first song to not enter the top 5 in the chart. The song also peaked at number twenty-six in Ireland and at number forty-six in Europe.

An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Sophie Muller, was released on 24 November 2010. Filmed on the southern coast of England, it portrays Cole alone in a remote house overlooking a stormy ocean, while she struggles to adjust to life without her love. "The Flood" was performed at 2010's Royal Variety Performance in front of Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. It was also performed in an acoustic form, along with "Promise This", on Alan Carr: Chatty Man.

Contents 1 Composition 2 Critical reception 3 Chart performance 4 Music video 5 Live performances 6 Track listing 7 Credits and personnel 8 Charts 9 Release history 10 References

Composition

"The Flood" was written by Priscilla Hamilton and Wayne Wilkins, who also produced the song, along with Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins. It is a pop song, with strong hooks and synthesised strings. The song composed in the key of C major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 80 beats per minute. The song has a basic sequence of C–C–G/D–Am–C/E as its chord progression. Cole's vocals range from G4-D6. The lyrical content of the song was described as "a massive, strong-laden, Christmassy tear-jerker about 'wreckage', 'drowning' and 'natural disaster love,'" while noticing the song's trip hop influences. "The Flood" received comparisons to songs by singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia. Critical reception

The song received a positive review from Digital Spy reviewer Nick Levine who gave the song four out of five stars. He wrote, "Cole's no Leona of course, but she more than holds her own vocally as she delivers an extended and just-slightly-strained love-as-h20 metaphor." Adrian Thrills of the Daily Mail noted that it "builds from an acoustic introduction into a beguiling, trip-hop ballad that is perfectly suited to Cole’s plaintive voice." Critics questioned Cole's effectiveness as a balladeer. The Guardian's Maddy Costa criticized the song's "lacklustre quality exacerbated by Cole's weakness as a balladeer and her (understandable) difficulty injecting feeling into a love song." Tom Hocknell of BBC Music wrote, Cole "loses focus with The Flood, stretching a shipwreck analogy over an uncomfortable four minutes." Luke Turner of NME gave the song a negative review comparing it to "a flood of stool." Chart performance

On the week of 13 November 2010 "The Flood" debuted at number eighty-one in the United Kingdom. However, the song peaked at number eighteen six weeks later, making it the highest chart position for the single, and also the first song by Cole not to reach the top five in the UK. "The Flood" is one of Cole's worst chart performances behind Only Human which didn't chart in the top 100. It became her first single to chart outside the top 10, and only the second in her entire career, the first being "Untouchable" two years before with Girls Aloud. The song also peaked at number twenty-six in Ireland. Music video Cole staring at the ocean from a remote house, trying to adjust to life without her love.

Before the release of the album, a preview of "The Flood" was first premiered through Cole's official website. Later, the music video for the song, directed by Sophie Muller, premiered on 24 November 2010, three weeks after the album's release. It was filmed against a backdrop of white cliffs on England's south coast. The music video portrays a lonely Cole in intercalate scenes as she struggles to adjust to life without her love, including in a remote house overlooking a stormy ocean, sitting beside a bonfire, walking along a beach in stormy weather, tossing and turning in bed and in an underwater room. Live performances

"The Flood" was performed at the 82nd annual Royal Variety Performance, held at the London Palladium theatre with Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in attendance. She wore a gown from Roberto Cavalli's spring 2011 collection with jewelry by David Morris. Cole also performed on the 20 December 2010 episode of Alan Carr: Chatty Man, singing "The Flood" and an acoustic version of "Promise This". Track listing CD single "The Flood" — 3:57 "The Flood" (The Wideboys Radio Edit) — 3:01 Digital download "The Flood" — 3:57 "The Flood" (The Wideboys Radio Edit) — 3:01 "The Flood" (The Alias Radio Edit) — 3:14 "The Flood" (Loco Remix) — 3:31 Credits and personnel Songwriting – Priscilla Hamilton, Wayne Wilkins Production and programming – Wayne Wilkins, Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins Backing vocals – Priscilla Renea, RaVaughn Brown Drums – Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins Engineering – Anthony Kronfle, Juliette Amoroso Guitar – Nick Lashley Keyboards – Wayne Wilkins Mixing – Mark Stent, Matty Green (assistant) Mastering – Brian Gardner

Source: Charts Release history

Mitsubishi GTO and The Flood (Cheryl Cole song)

The Mitsubishi GTO is a sports car built by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi between 1990 and 2001. In most export markets it was rebadged as a Mitsubishi 3000GT. It was also imported and sold by Chrysler in North America as a Dodge Stealth captive import from the 1991 to 1996 model years with only minor detail/appearance differences; mechanically, the two cars were identical. The Mitsubishi GTO, or Mitsubishi 3000GT, and Dodge Stealth design was the result of the collaborative effort between Chrysler and its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Motors. The Japanese model took its name from the Galant GTO, a two-door hardtop coupé sold by the company in the early 1970s, which in turn got its name from the Ferrari GTO, which means Gran Turismo Omologato (homologation). In Japan, it was sold at a specific retail chain called Car Plaza.

Contents 1 Overview 2 1990–1993 Z16A 3 1994–1997 Z15A 4 1998–2001 Z15AM 5 Gallery 6 References 6.1 Notes 6.2 Bibliography 7 External links

Overview

Following the successful showing of the Mitsubishi HSR and Mitsubishi HSX concept cars at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi developed the new GTO as a technologically advanced 2+2 seater sports coupe to compete with the Honda NSX, Mazda Cosmo, Nissan 300ZX, Skyline GT-R, Subaru SVX and the Toyota Supra. They resurrected the GTO name, and the car went on to serve as Mitsubishi’s flagship for the remainder of the decade. However, despite the cachet of the badge at home, it was marketed as the Mitsubishi 3000GT and as the Dodge Stealth outside Japan; the company was concerned that connoisseurs would object to the evocative nameplate from the highly regarded Ferrari 250 GTO and Pontiac GTO being used on a Japanese vehicle. However, regardless of its badge or eventual target market, every car was built on the same production line at Mitsubishi's plant in Nagoya, Japan. Its introduction in Japan was during the softening of the Japanese economy, known as the "bubble economy" which had an effect on sales.

A Dodge Stealth (an American export of the GTO) was initially to be used as a pace car for the 1991 Indianapolis 500 race. The United Auto Workers (UAW), however, rejected the Japanese-manufactured car, as they deferred the concept of a Mitsubishi being a pace car for the race, and a prototype Dodge Viper was substituted. 1990–1993 Z16A

The first generation model incorporated many of Mitsubishi's contemporary performance-enhancing technologies, such as full-time four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, active aerodynamics featuring automatically adjusting front and rear spoilers, sport/tour exhaust modes and electronically controlled suspension (ECS). These "Active Aerodynamics" were not used on the Dodge Stealth. Visually, both the GTO, 3000GT and Stealth featured pop-up headlights and noticeable "caps" on the hood to accommodate the ECS controllers at the top of the strut turrets. However the rest of factory body kit differed in styling with their respective badges. Most notable are the Dodge signature cross-hairs on the Stealth front bumper fascia, Ferrari inspired gills on the 3000GT rocker panels, Crescent shaped spoiler on the Stealth commonly referred to as the "Banana Wing" and front Active Aero air dam on 3000GT VR4 (later discontinued on newer models). 1994–1997 Z15A

Second generation models are identified by a revised front bumper to accommodate projector beam headlights and small, round projector fog lights. The caps on the hood were replaced with integrated blisters, and the side air vents and rear bumpers were modified. The interior was redesigned with dual air bags, a new audio system, and revised air conditioning refrigerant. The engines in the twin-turbo models received a slight boost in torque from 307 lb·ft (416 N·m) to 315 lb·ft (427 N·m). To complement this, the VR-4 now included a six-speed Getrag manual transmission. Bigger wheel/tire combinations were provided beginning in 1995. The base and SL model received 16" wheels in silver or chrome with 225/55 tires, while the VR4 now had 18" chrome wheels with 245/40 tires (the Spyder had the standard 17" with higher profile tires from 1994 to handle the additional 400 lb (180 kg)).

As the price of the cars increased, many of the "gadgets" on the car were discontinued. The tunable exhaust was phased out after model year 1994, the ECS disappeared after the 1995 model year, and the active aerodynamics disappeared after 1996. Finally, Chrysler ceased sales of the Dodge Stealth captive import, and for the remainder of its life only Mitsubishi-badged versions were available.

Mitsubishi had produced a number of limited edition 3000GT VR4 convertibles. The rare special edition was known as the Spyder VR4. Only 877 were imported to America. When the Spyder was released, it never reached the European and Japanese market. The United States had their own version of the VR4. These cars were modified to be convertibles in the United States by ASC Corporation. The U.S and the Mitsubishi factories worked with another company to convert the 3000GTs into a hard-top convertible.The Spyder was one of very few hard-tops to release in the United States. The Spyder had released in 1995 and ended production in 1996. In 1995 Mitsubishi's 3000GT Spyder was available in 4 different combinations: carson red w/ grey leather interior, sable black w/ ivory leather interior, glacier white pearl w/ grey, and martinique yellow pearl w/ ivory leather interior. In 1996 the 3000GT Spyder was available in four different options: caracas red w/tan interior, solano black pearl w/ tan leather, glacier white pearl w/ tan leather interior, and pamana green pearl w/ tan leather. Its many unique color options, and soft-top convertible gave the vehicle a unique history, and created a cosmetic impact in the auto industry. While the cosmetics of the Spyder VR4 made it unique, its framework differed. The Spyder’s frame and bodywork was similar to their brothers, the 3000GT SL and VR4 models. The Spyder model had its disadvantages over the VR4 and SL, due to heavy brackets under the body. The extra weight under the body interfered with the handling. Due to slow sales of these vehicles, Mitsubishi decided to discontinue the 3000GT VR4 Spyder. 1998–2001 Z15AM

The SOHC engine, previously only available in the base model Stealth, was added to the Mitsubishi range after the Dodge version was discontinued. Slower sales in the American sports car market led to a planned facelift for 1997 being abandoned in favor of minor cosmetic adjustments, including a new front bumper and rainbow shaped arched type wing. In 1999 the car received another exterior makeover, including a new aggressive front bumper, headlamps, turn signals, sail panels, and a true inverted airfoil spoiler coined the "Combat Wing" for the 1999 VR-4 to distinguish it from previous models. 1999 was the final year the 3000GT was available in the U.S. market. Production for the Japanese domestic market finally ceased in 2000, with the last two cars sold the following year. Gallery
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