Sunday, June 5, 2005

My Hero: Jon Pareles

The wife thought I'd enjoy this NY Times rant about Coldplay. As usual, she was right. "The most insufferable band of the decade." Heehee.

If a band's got to be pompous, give me the Clash or Public Enemy any day. You are not alone, Mr. Pareles.

(Sorry, Coldplay fans.)


  1. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    I may or may not have heard Coldplay. I really don't know. I did see a magazine where it proclaimed them the next Radiohead in much the same way as Oasis was proclaimed the next Beatles. I'm assuming the reality is similar in both cases.

  2. Imported on behalf of: mck
    **you ain't heared nuthin in them hollars**

    I think Lee was right when he pegged them as U2-esque; the boy's got bone-o's whine down.

    Still i do like that song "Yellow," even after hearing it eleventy million times. Even if you don't know the words (and I don't), you can make up good lyrics yourself on the fly (since it moves at the speed of injured molasses):

    My baby shat/
    My baby shat today/
    A diaper filling spray/
    And it was all yellow.

  3. Imported on behalf of: Dan
    **listening choices**

    If it's not on Air America, NPR, or on one of my CDs, I haven't heard it.

    I wrote a song called "Yellow" once. It was about a guy who kept asking me to piss in a jar for him so he could pass his drug test at work. The only line worth mentioning is "I'm not one to keep things bottled up." Thankfully, I've forgotten the rest of it.

    In other news, Emily turned 2 yesterday.

  4. Imported on behalf of: Mike Jasper

    I like Coldplay. But yeah, they get a bit samey-sounding after a while. I don't really groove on the lyrics that much, so his songwriting doesn't bother me. It's nice background tune-age while I'm writing.

    And funny you mention punk -- I just heard a reviewer on NPR yesterday that said Coldplay inverted punk's anger and noise into their sedate, orchestrated sound. Innnnteresting.