I Don’t Get Coldplay

So Coldplay and I have never really connected; I've listened to, I think, their first three albums several times each, and found them pleasant and completely unmemorable. Why are these guys superstars? I do not get it. I mean, sure, Chris Martin's a good-lookin' dude, I guess, but it's not like he's gorgeous or nothin'. (Is he?) They've pleasantly captured the style of U2 meets Radiohead without any of the substance. (Not that I'm crazy about Radiohead.) 

But then there's "Viva la Vida," which I would marry if I could. It sounds—and I mean this in the best possible way, as there is little higher praise available from me—like a 70s AM radio pop tune with 2008 production, and that's nothin' but a great damn combination, prolly because my boy Brian Eno (GENIUS!) produced it. 

The video, on the other hand? In it, Chris Martin hasn't quite pushed John Mayer off the top of the Must Get His Ass Kicked Savagely and Hopefully on Pay Per View charts, but he's staking his claim. What a tool. On the other hand, Martin's massively rich and gets to see Gwyneth Paltrow nekkid. So. 

Here's a live version of "Viva la Vida," as the studio version is unembeddable. (A foolish move on the label's part, but when are they not foolish?) The sound's not in synch with the video, but that's okay; the less you actually watch the band, the better your chances of enjoying their musicks. 


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8 Responses to I Don’t Get Coldplay

  1. Jennifer says:

    I do like Coldplay but I feel as if I should be embarrassed about that. 🙂 I like how they are a little less polished sounding than most bands, you know? Not so over processed. I like how Chris Martin can’t really sing that well but sings anyway. I’m not really a big fan of Viva la Vida, but I love, love, love Violet Hill and Cemeteries of London.
    (and no, he’s not gorgeous)

  2. Theresa says:

    Admittedly I don’t listen to a lot of popular music, but to me Coldplay always sounds like “U2 lite”–the band you listen to when you are in the mood for U2 but don’t want to have to think. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because we all need a little junk food for the brain now and then. I like them enough that I wouldn’t turn them off if they came on the radio, but I’m not buying.

  3. scott says:

    I have nothing against Coldplay. I just really don’t understand their massive popularity. I can listen to one of their songs three times in a row and still be unable to remember even a bit of the melody five minutes later. But clearly they’re tapping into something I’m missing, as they’re one of the biggest bands of this century.
    As far as being embarrassed about liking them, though: this is the blog of a guy who digs Barry Manilow. There is no embarrassment here.

  4. Jennifer says:

    As much as you don’t get their massive popularity, I don’t get why there’s this huge group of people who *hate* Coldplay – really hate them. They seem fairly nice, their music is rather harmless – what’s to hate?

  5. scott says:

    Yeah, I know. That’s why I tried to emphasize that I don’t hate them–although watching too much Chris Martin could push me in the direction of that camp–I’m just befuddled. As is not unusual.

  6. scott says:

    But you know what? In their defense, they are really and truly trying hard to be not just the biggest band in the world, but the best. They have no real chance of ever scaling those heights, but major props to them for their attempt.

  7. Jennifer says:

    And that’s what I like in music. I think I respect passion and enthusiasm more than talent. 🙂 I bought their first CD after seeing Clocks performed at the Grammys years ago. They seemed so *into* the performance. I’ll take that over the vocal perfection of someone like Celene Dion any day.
    Did you see Green Day on Colbert Thursday?

  8. Ed says:

    Barry Manilow! BARRY MANILOW! Yuck, I gotta go wash my hands and clear my head. TMI Scott, TMI. Still love ya, but some things are better left swept under the rug…

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