MUSIC, LEADERSHIP, CULTURE… and humor (sometimes)

these are a few of my unfavorite things – hating on coldplay

Every once in a while, I come across a talented and somewhat accomplished musician who proudly proclaims that they hate Coldplay; some of these people are actually my friends.  There’s even a scene in the “40 Year Old Virgin” when they imply that anyone who listens to Coldplay is “gay” (their words, not mine!).  

There are some common reasons as to why people (claim) they hate Coldplay:

  • they are a very commercial and trendy band
  • Chris Martin is a tool and he’s fake
  • they are rip-offs (Satriani sued them, they sound like U2, etc)
  • their stuff is so elementary 
  • they have no substance
  • blah, blah, blah, blah

I think what’s going on here is that the “real” musicians believe they are making a stand against the mainstream by hating on Coldplay.  By declaring that Coldplay is lame, they are separating themselves from the rest of the pack, therefore (in their minds) establishing their enduring musical credibility.  (BTW, why am I referring to these so-called “real” musicians in this way?  Am I not a “real” musician myself?  Yes, but I just don’t like to jump on the hate band-wagon too often… unless it’s regarding the Jonas Brothers, in which case I am the conductor of that train…)

It’s fine if you’re gonna hate bands like Coldplay but you should reconsider your reason if it’s simply because they are too mainstream or too popular.  

The truth is, it’s more “trendy” to be a hater than it is to be a fan.


4 responses

  1. akoosticman

    good call my friend – love coldplay – always have! (as you can see from our wedding video :))

    April 15, 2009 at 11:12 am

  2. Dave Brubaker

    I feel the same way about people who didn’t see Titanic (“because they already know the ending” ha ha, not funny). That movie captured the hearts of like a billion people, giving another billion people the chance to be “too cool” for it.

    You jump, I jump remember? So make it count.

    April 18, 2009 at 1:31 am

  3. Dave Brubaker

    PS I’m glad you chose this picture– Chris Martin’s face looks like he just found out someone hates him

    April 18, 2009 at 1:32 am

  4. caleb

    i am a very proud HATER of coldplay. obnoxious vocals, over-used falsetto, annoying guitar triads… blah blah blah.

    July 21, 2009 at 7:35 pm

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