RE: Jon Pareles‘s article about him hating Coldplay. I know that this is an opinion piece, and that’s fine, but I do take issue when you start making incorrect references such as the following:
“‘Am I a part of the cure/Or am I part of the disease,’ Martin pondered in ‘Clocks’ on ‘A Rush of Blood to the Head.’ Actually, he’s contagious. Particularly in its native England, Coldplay has spawned a generation of one-word bands–Athlete, Embrace, Keane, Starsailor, Travis and Aqualung among them–that are more than eager to follow through on Coldplay’s tremulous, ringing anthems of insecurity.”
Who fact-checked this? Sometimes I make mistakes like these, but then again I’m not getting paid to write the garbage that appears on this site and I certainly don’t have fact checkers, but what the hell is your excuse Jon Pareles? I would expect you to know that both Embrace and Travis were around way before Coldplay and both reached their peak of popularity even before Coldplay had ever released an album.
If anything, Coldplay is influenced by those bands, not the source of inspiration for them. Chris Martin looks to Embrace lead singer Danny McNamara for advice about his work–he was one of the three people Chris gave rough cuts of X & Y before they finished recording the album in order to get feedback. (The two others were Tim Wheeler from Ash and Jake Paltrow, Gwyneth‘s brother.) Oh and Travis are from Scotland, not England–so they’re Scottish–not English.
I’m so pissed at you Jon Pareles, I hardly know what to do with myself.
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