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I despise Coldplay, so luckily there’s an anti-coldplay article in the New York Times that helps to assauge my despisingness in what shapes up to be the Week of Wallow, er, Josh-Groban-with-Guitars, er, Coldplay.

Mon, June 6 2005 » Music

4 Responses

  1. Hannah Bowen June 6 2005 @ 11:41 pm

    >But put them all together and they add up to Coldplay, the most insufferable band of the decade.

    This journalist has never heard Five For Fighting. Good grief. Good. Grief.

  2. Alan June 7 2005 @ 12:08 pm


    I should have qualified what I said, actually. I think Coldplay as a band per se can make decent music. Better than some. But I don’t understand why they’ve been annointed “Rock Gods”, or ascribed so much importance for what are essentially “nice” songs.

  3. Alan June 7 2005 @ 3:24 pm

    And my favorite quote from the Playlouder review, which sums it up pretty much for me:

    “Men as deliriously happy and unremittingly lucky as Chris Martin should only make records once every five or ten years.”

  4. Hannah Bowen June 7 2005 @ 10:58 pm

    Yeah, that’s fair. I’ll admit that I’ve been listening to ‘em a lot lately-they’re kind of my musical equivalent of searching for a word that means how it feels to be happy and sad at the same time. But there’s a leap between that and being teh best band evar exclamation point exclamation point eleven.

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