A little preview of my stance on them first. Back when they came on stage and were white hot, me being a cool macho dude, I was in camp with the other cool dudes they were sucking off, and I was sad and sappy.
I managed to look past the ridiculous amount of smashes they had – Clocks, Fix You, The Scientist, In My Place, Yellow, Viva La Vida, Trouble, Talk, A Sky Full of Stars, Politik, Don’t Panic, God Put A Smile On Your Face, Shiver, Lost, to name a few…
And I just settled on the fact that they stank. Even if you had to be an asshole to think like that.
Over time, I matured, became wiser, and learned to appreciate them. As recently as when I went to see them live at Soldier Field in 2017.
Without a doubt one of the best concerts I have attended. Not knowing what to expect when walking in (certainly not expecting the energy and production I witnessed) only made it better.
My socks were taken away.
We had amazing seats thanks to a friend, but it was one of those shows that even though you were on the third deck, the band made sure to include you in all the bells and whistles.
I told my friends leaving the show that it felt like we were just at a two and a half hour Super Bowl halftime performance.
The number of confetti explosions, the amount of fireworks and lasers was staggering. I couldn’t forget the fact that it was just a regular stop on a 100 stop tour. How the fuck do they do that every night?
I immediately had a new respect for the band and their work.
But how short-lived it was.
For starters, yah, they did the Chainsmokers thing.
If you didn’t know the Chainsmokers were behind it, you’d admit you like it a lot more than you love it.
I can’t hit him. The song hits. Still to this day.
Then Coldplay released their new album, music of the spheres, last October and the best way to sum it up I think is that for a band that’s made quite an incredible career out of “never trying too hard” it’s mind blowing how much they have tried on this album.
On our podcast, “On The Guest List,” Kenny Carkeet (of AWOL Nation) and I always (but not really) joke about how music labels can and do find a way to screw it all up.
I think that’s exactly what happened with Coldplay in the end.
Their first single, “People Of The Pride”? Sounds IDENTICAL to “Uprising” by Muse.
Now Chris Martin is on the record saying he’s a HUGE Muse fan. And they even influenced his “Clocks” writing. (But I don’t hear it in Clocks).
I also publicly acknowledge that the best artists in the world are more than comfortable admitting that “to create is to borrow” and that everyone pretty much uses other people’s stuff to create their own. So I understand. I was just shocked that a band as creative and original as Coldplay sounded blatantly like someone else darn great. And someone they’ve publicly acknowledged as a big fan.
But it was nothing.
For their next single, they not only teamed up with a K-pop boy band from South Korea, but they filmed an entire fucking documentary that they, BTS and all the music marketers in the world pushed on us in the throat for two months, “My Universe”.
When you say “sell”, that’s the definition of it here.
I used to think throwing goofy rap verses over a song they didn’t belong on was Maroon 5’s plan for how to do things, but it seems like Coldplay caved.
Oh why is that?
BTS is SO MASSIVELY HUGE I don’t even think we can fathom it.
A song they feature on that came out 6 months ago is still burning the charts dancing around the top 20.
It didn’t stop there.
Last week, for no reason, they released a cover of Kid Cudi’s classic, “Day n’ Nite”
The single is part of their “Spotify Singles series”
The band give Cudi’s megahit an atmospheric, piano- and synth-driven revamp. “I loved ‘Day ‘n’ Nite’ when it came out, and I still love, love, love,” frontman Chris Martin said in a statement. “This is the first time I think we’ve really taken the time to record a cover, because in my head I could hear a version of it quite different from the original, which hopefully reinforces how point it’s a brilliant song. Somehow I hope everyone who listens will just think, “Wow, Kid Cudi is amazing.”
Honestly, I don’t know what to think about it.
I’ve listened to it two dozen times and I’m still 50/50 on it. For me, “Day N Nite” will always be The Crookers remix. So to hear a downtempo, deep version of this one just sounds weird. Even if she Is it sounds a bit dope.
Is it bad, or lame, that I’m upset that Coldplay is evolving for no real reason? I think so, and I know I look like one of those miserable haters (which are the absolute worst). But I do not know. Am I crazy?
ps – one of the coolest montages I’ve ever heard/seen played live. Swedish House Mafia at Madison Square Garden drops Coldplay – Fix You x Nadia Ali – Pressure. The place has gone crazy. I still can’t believe I missed those shows.
pps – another amazing edit (humble boast) is the Taylor Swift – Haunted x Coldplay – Scientist mash at the end of my T-Swift Fix mix.