The majority of my life (all 20 long years of it) have been one great immersion in the enigma which is Coldplay. Seeing as I was born in 92′ and Coldplay first broke on to the scene in 00′ with ‘Yellow’ its fair to say that their countless singles have formed a major part in the soundtrack to my life. I would just like to note that I have decided to discredit all musical interests in my life before I reached the ripe ole age of nine. Why you ask? Well I think my personal ‘Bee Gee’s faze’ of the mid 90’s should sum it up nicely without going into too much detail. And so getting back to Coldplay. They are a band who have experienced almost unprecedented success (please notice that I have said almost, I am not forgetting the late greats of times gone by, like the Bee Gee’s for example) Coldplay have had five major album releases, all smashing up the charts aswell as countless ‘sell out’ world tours. And so at this stage your probably re checking the title of this post. Coldplay..The band i’d love to like. Whats all that about. I’ve just listed a fair amount if reasons as to why I should be madly obsessed with this band. But on the other end of the scale’s lies the counter-balance, in this case being ‘Chris Martin’ or his voice to be exact.

Through out all my years of listening to Coldplay I could never seem to get past this one detail. Coldplay are a very talented band, who have created some very interesting music collectively. But no matter how interesting their music is, Chris Martins lack of vocal talent always seems to supersede everything else. And I’m sure at this point your formulating your own mental lists of great bands with ‘lackluster’ vocals. Blur, Weezer and possibly even Oasis are the ones that spring to mind. And the strange thing is that I like these bands and don’t find their songs to be irritating.Β  Also I would just like to state that this is not a rant aimed at Chris Martin, although it may seem to be. I have great admiration for the man. He does great work for charity and seems to be free from controversy. And also you can’t help but have respect for someone without a great singing voice going on to front one of the most successful bands of the modern age.

So have I managed to convert myself to a Coldplay fan? Has writing this blog provided me with a new perspective and fresh understanding of the band? Unfortunately not, well not yet anyway. I cannot see myself becoming a fan for as long as people keep over hyping Coldplay and telling me that they are the best band that the world has ever seen, or even heard. But you need not dispar. I once had the same problem with The Beatles and their inflated stature amongst my friends and peers. But somehow I managed to overcome that and am now a ‘Beetles fan’. So prehaps one day I will be able to say the same about Coldplay? Who knows. They do seem to be improving, or else they are just growing on me. But eitherway one day Coldplay may very well be the band I like or even love.

So I will leave you with this:

But for the time being I think I’ll be sticking with this :

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24 thoughts on “Coldplay..The band i’d love to like

  1. Wow, you are a great writer.
    I know what you mean about Coldplay. I love their songs, I go through periods when I listen to them for hours on end, but yet, I’m not sure I would consider myself a fan. Strange.

    Funny too, I always wonder how certain bands/vocalists achieved so much success with such bland, even awful vocal sounds. I wouldn’t put Chris Martin in the awful category at all, but what about Billy Corgan? I like the Smashing Pumpkins (on certain days) But, wow – Who listened to Billy’s voice and said, “you are gonna be a star some day”?

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    1. Thank you for your comment, as well as taking the time to read my blog. In terms of questionable vocalists i think the list is possibly endless. It must have something to do with the front man/woman’s character and ‘like-ability’ or something.

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  2. I’m one of those who also doesn’t seem to get Coldplay. As yourself, I think their music has potential, and that they go well together. However, something doesn’t seem to ‘click’ for me… I don’t know, just doesn’t excite me. I get lost in most of their songs. Those spacey instrumental arrangements make me feel like I’m lost in Space xD Just that haha

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  3. This is a great post, Keelan, very well written. I have Coldplay issues as well. ‘Parachutes’ has some cracking tracks as does ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head’, the stand out tracks for me are the album ones, as opposed to singles. I avoid following the charts now, can’t stand the overplaying of certain music/bands. That’s my problem with Coldplay. They’re alright but stop ramming it down my throat, lol. I used to feel the same way about Travis. The airwaves can really kill a great band… I love the Beatles and don’t think they’re overrated. The people who tend to overrate them are those who generally haven’t stretched out to reach another album beyond the red and the blue… as for the Beegees, they have some cracking tracks! New York Mining Disaster… Jive Talking… LOVE IT! Be proud of your cheesy musical roots! πŸ™‚

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  4. Interesting post…I actually didn’t really like Coldplay until Viva la Vida, I know I’m odd, and can leave or take them at this point. I believe it’s in certain people’s natures to resist liking something just because the mass does…doesn’t mean it’s bad, but doesn’t mean it’s good either. Cheers πŸ™‚ BTW thanks for the like.

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  5. Hi, Keelan. I love the title of this post. . . I’ve always been pretty indifferent to Coldplay, and one of the reasons is Chris Martin’s voice. It just kind of sticks in my ears.

    However, I will say that when I heard The Scientist for the first time, it immediately moved me to tears. And actually, coupled with the lyrics of the song, the somewhat dissonant voice to me strikes a perfect note inside.

    It never caused me to investigate their catalog further, but that song is beautiful, and I will live forever in gratitude for the feelings it evokes.

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  6. I am not a fan but I like their music and love some of their songs.
    They sound really great and they have interesting lyrics.
    It’s not a MUST to be a fan.If you are not a fan it doesn’t mean that you are uncool πŸ˜›

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  7. Nice post. And interesting take. My issues with Coldplay surround the fact that U2 and Radiohead already exist–although I think Coldplay have evolved into their own unique sound, especially taken as a whole. I like Chris Martin’s voice. But then again, I’m a Coldplay fan. Yeah, I said it! πŸ™‚

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  8. Chris Martin does sound better in recordings- not so brilliant live (apparently he gets a sore throat every few concerts.) but ah well, the sublimity of their songs makes up for that tiny flaw.

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  9. I really want to like Coldplay too. Although for me it’s more case of “I like your old stuff better than your new stuff” Parachutes was special to me and then after that I found it catchy, but not as interesting. For me it’s the actual music rather than CM’s voice!

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  10. Let to the party on this post. I happen to enjoy Coldplay, but I find Chris Martin’s random roaming and spinning and facial expression to be the biggest detractor from their musical performance XD

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  11. Very well said! I know everybody is supposed to like Coldplay, but I could never warm up to them at all, and could not quite put my finger on it. If they had a different vocalist, they ight be better.

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