Hate is a strong word, but this is a blog and I need to find some way to be sensational! SCANDAL! I said I hate Coldplay which probably got you to read more! I win!! Are you on my side? Do you want to hang me upside down, sending a rush of blood to the head before bashing my face in? Do you even care??!
If you’re still reading…I beg you to read through to the end. You probably know me to be a positive kinda guy, and I am going somewhere with this. I’m not being a snarky hipster, trust me.
I’ve disliked Coldplay since the early days, when I first heard the song Yellow in a gym in Norman, Oklahoma. And then heard the song again. And again. And again. WE GET IT! It was all YELLOW!
I began to refer to Coldplay as ‘Radio-Play Radiohead.’ Every song I heard sounded like an attempt to recreate The Bends for an audience confused by the route Radiohead was taking (keep in mind…Amnesiac was their latest release). This alone made Coldplay seem cheap and lame to me.
Over-cynical? Big time, but I was listening to a LOT of music and something about Coldplay seemed off…as though Maurice Starr had decided to branch out and create a rock boyband. It felt fabricated…I had the image so many music fans probably do: a band trembling in a studio while a bunch of men in suits stand around debating what chord they should play next. THAT was how I pictured Coldplay.
Yet, in the back of my head, I had the strange feeling that I was wrong. I do that a lot: see both sides of the picture and effectively ‘take’ both sides. I wasn’t a fan of the music, so I was public with that perspective. But in my brain-meats…I questioned. I even defended them once when a friend and co-worker suggested that Chris Martin was trying to copy Thom Yorke, specifically as an activist. I noted that it’s very likely that Chris Martin is passionate about his causes, and that it’s kinda weird to think he’s doing it to be like Thom.
But how do I explain The Scientist?
Awesome song. Even better video. It’s made me cry. My hero Aimee Mann even recorded a cover. How can you hate a band that pulls that off??
Have you ever had a movie, or episode in a TV show, be SOOO bad that working backwards from it you begin to see flaws in the rest of the show? The Matrix sequels did that for me…I stopped liking the original after seeing the sequels. I liked where my imagination took me through the world more than the actual storyline.
The Scientist is the reverse of that. Although I still have this general dislike of the band, I’m more likely to give a song a chance now…that private brain half that can see what the band is getting at. It’s another example of ‘singles aren’t the whole story.’ Although singles are taking over the pop market, with rock there still is something to be said for the album and the non-single tracks by Coldplay are usually pretty good. I actually give props.
So maybe I don’t hate Coldplay after all…I just think I do!
Funny thing is…this all came to mind when someone noted that the opening theme song to the TV show ‘Lie To Me’ was by Coldplay, and I thought to myself “Damn…I kinda like that song…”
I guess we’ve found our next generation…Radio-Play Coldplay?