Dear Twitter: Hating Coldplay Doesn’t Make You Quirky
I’d like to start off by asking everyone a simple question: why do you all pretend you don’t like Coldplay? I’m a bit mischievous, of course. I know that musical taste is both personal and varied. But the band’s music sales, sold-out concerts around the world, and longevity just don’t correlate with the sheer number of people who seemingly despise them. Shy Coldplay fans, like shy conservatives, hide their affection in order to avoid public shame. Well, I don’t know who needs to hear this, but a fondness for “Fix You” isn’t some kind of character flaw – in fact, I think it could be proof of having a soul. .
On Wednesday, Coldplay announced that they would stop recording music in 2025. Chris Martin made the announcement on Radio 2, saying, “Our last album will be out in 2025, and after that I think we’ll only do that. ‘a tour. Maybe we’ll do some collaborative things, but the Coldplay catalog, so to speak, ends then. This is hardly revealing, as Martin told NME in October that Coldplay’s time in the studio was drawing to a close. His latest comments appear to be the first time that a definitive date has been set.
The jokes on Twitter quickly emerged in full force. One said it was “fantastic news”, another just wrote “finally” and several thanked God. As we all know, Twitter is not the real world. But it’s easy to see why Coldplay might be unpopular there: Coldplay is often positive, clearly uncontroversial, and harmless. In the modern world (especially online), if you don’t provoke outrage, you might as well not exist. OK, so Chris Martin isn’t exactly as charismatic or convincing as some of the leaders, but he’s certainly not unfriendly. Like his gang, he occupies central land.
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Perhaps this massive Coldplay disapproval is indicative of the age we live in, an age in which we are bound by aversion instead of love. It’s a strange phenomenon where disliking something is an important and expected character trait. Where at one point we proudly discussed the music we love, many are now more inclined to divulge who they hate. Openly admitting to enjoying Coldplay’s music has become a cultural faux pas. There’s nothing wrong with standing out from the crowd, but pretending to hate something because it’s popular reveals a depressing touch of insecurity.
Basically, Coldplay is being punished for being good. We all love and love him now, but at some point Paul McCartney suffered the same fate. We Brits seem to hate Martin’s genuine passion and enthusiasm for music. We love to see one of our own doing well, but we want him to look miserable while he does, without jumping onto the stage like Tigger at speed.
Coldplay is without a doubt a brilliant band, and no overexposure can change that. Granted, their latest tracks don’t excite me as much as their early work, but they still make great music. Needless to say, God doesn’t need to be thanked for the band’s looming end. They’ve managed to evolve with the times, incorporating new sounds and experimental elements throughout their careers while creating a visual experience on stage that simply didn’t exist before. Make no mistake: when they stop making music, it will create a noticeable void.
We all desperately want to appear unique, and that sometimes means convincing ourselves (and others) that we are indifferent to popular music. Are you an individual. You want something that is yours and don’t like to share it with millions of others. Note. However, let us be careful not to denigrate the group which was, for many of us, the soundtrack of youth. I urge you to rediscover Coldplay and not to follow the herd. Now go play ‘Politik’ – and make it strong.