You know how in high school the surefire way to get made fun of and/or beat up was to like anything different? “What the hell IS THAT?” a cheerleader would say as she pointed to your Joy Division shirt, her face full of disdain. “That is like the stupidest thing I’ve seen in my life.”
Well when you become an adult and move to New York City, the exact opposite becomes true. If you like something mainstream you’re suddenly a pariah. Just two days ago I made the mistake of wearing a Coldplay t-shirt with the ugly X & Y cover on it. “Ewww! What is THAT!,” I heard as I walked by a fellow music-conscious friend who was now wearing a look of horror on her face. “What? It’s a COLDPLAY shirt, ok?,” I replied. She just shook her head in pity. I retreated from the scene.
Just minutes later I’m going through my e-mails and there is a link to the new Coldplay video, “Fix You.” I excitedly click on it because “Fix You” is one of my favorite songs on the new album. I am then subjected to the most mind-numbing 5 minutes of my life.
The video consists of Chris Martin walking through empty back streets and across deserted bridges as blinding lights produce lens flare. He then starts running through tunnels, and ends up onstage singing the song in Bolton, England in front of a stadium crowd.
Then, in a moment of sheer bizarro behavior, Chris decides to start violently twirl around a lightbulb (see above). He twirls around a lightbulb–that’s like the big exciting part of the video. Uuughh.
Anyway, as I’m watching the video, I send a link to Joc, who clicks on it and then promptly gets hit with a barrage of hideous ad pop-ups and spyware, which takes her 45 minutes to clean off her computer. She doesn’t say so much, but I have a feeling she now believes Coldplay are the spawn of the devil for wrecking her comp.
Since when did everything associated with Coldplay just totally suck? Oh Coldplay, you’re making it hard to bring the love.