Sunday, 13 January 2013

Desert Island Discs 67 Parachutes by Coldplay



67 Parachutes by Coldplay 2000

Alan McGee once famously described them as "bedwetters", they have turned into the band that music critics and trendy bands seem to love to hate , often held up as what is all wrong in music today. All for deciding to make melodic piano driven pop songs with chiming guitars.

I love the debut lp , before all the stadiums , festivals, celebrity wives, guest appearances and Eno. It has a really crisp sound and you can almost feel the uncertainty of the band feeling their way towards.

 The debut single didn't really hint at what was to come


It was the release of Yellow when people seemed to sit up and take note , helped with the simple but effective video


Compare the band form teh first clip and the see how the song has grown with them. If asked at the time I would have said they were the least likely stadium band going.



My favourite track is the single Don't Panic , less than 3 mins of a perfect bit of melody




You've almost certainly already made up your mind about Coldplay and Chris Martin's do gooder persona does sometime make it difficult to like them , but listen back to the debut and judge it on their own merits. I do wonder what kind of music they would have made if the follow up had bombed rather than propelling them to bigger and bigger things. They still make great songs , but gone is the personal touch and that sense of uncertainty that weaves its way through Parachutes

14 comments:

  1. With you on this David, it was a really fresh and light touch that made them stand out. Stadiums and the buck beckoned; they succumbed and the songs gave way to crowd friendly chants and slogans; they do it almost as well as U2 who they clearly adore. Good luck to them; they don't need it, they've got it sussed; but they no longer hold my attention.
    Do you know what their songs are about anymore? It's no longer taste but mastication; as the famous critic once said "that's not writing; it's typing..."

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  2. The debut had a great deal of promise. I was a smoldering grower of a very personal sounding album. Coldplay success with Parachutes is that you can't dismiss this album. It might not catch you the first time you hear it, but it will because you will listen again - and then again, and then it will speak to you/sing to you. Yellow, Trouble, Don't Panic, they don't have to shout at you to get your attention. It's not dream pop as some would like to categorize it. Parachutes is just personal, personal to the performers and personal to the listeners.
    I paid attention to each of the next albums, but with less and less enthusiam or feeling that I understood them.

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    1. Parachutes is (for me) their best album; full of musical mischief.
      As are the later albums; it's just the whiff of corporate bombast that grates a little. I want to love 'em but...

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  3. I'm glad you had the cojones to admit Coldplay aren't total bollocks. They're only guilty of the backlash of getting too rich & famous for us music snobs. I reluctantly admit (after your coming out of the closet!) that those first two albums were stellar. I still sing along to the Scientist, Clocks, et al; Rush Of Blood should really be high on my list if I weren't so damned fickle. Good on you for your bravery!

    #67 STARS - Heart (2003)

    - I'm sure the later albums are better, but... first love syndrome here.
    Heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Hm7vWmFSEU
    Elevator Love Letter: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOJcwOiUyVM

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    1. Really like Stars TT. Both this and 'Set Yourself On Fire'. Initially drawn by the Prefab comparisons but they offer more than that lazy comparison...

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  4. Hi all

    reently saw their live set on tele and couldnt believe how well just dam confident they were.

    I tend to lik eall their lps for a bit and then stop playing them - i do still go back to the Eno produced one and its half sister follow up but there is still a sense of them not letting themesleve completely go

    Tim - just done a post for Strs which will be coming up later and went for Set yourself on fire - mainly as it was the 1st one I heard. Not sure they ever really hi tthe peak of those 1st 2 lps although latest North is a "return to form"

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  5. I remember hearing 'Yellow' for the first time and really liking it, but never listened to an album. I seemed to loose interest more and more with each passing single I heard.
    Tim - Love Stars and really hard to pick a favourite.
    # 67 is my oldest album in my chart. From 1966 it's The Beach Boys with 'Pet Sounds'. I don't think I need to add more!
    Phil

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  6. Aye Phil, Pet Sounds essential for my desert island too...
    TT

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  7. Pet Sounds is a classic Top 20 album.
    'God Only Knows' as close to divine as songwriting gets...
    As we get down to the dusty end of these lists it will be interesting to see how the recognized classics fare versus personal favorites. I'm fairly conflicted with this; the usual Pet Sounds/Revolver/Astral Weeks/Blonde on Blonde/OK Computer choices are given but... should they be?

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  8. I'm out of synch ! Pet sounds nowhere near my list i'm afraid.

    I've def gone for the pers favs v the calssic lps approach

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  9. Sometimes personal favs and classics can be the same? I still have only half an idea what will be in my Top Ten, but, classic or not, they will all be albums that mean a lot to me, or meant an awful lot at one particular time.
    Pet Sounds is jumping around singing Pick Me, Pick Me in glorious harmonies. Will I, won't I? I don't know.

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  10. Agreed Seamus,
    It's all about individual connection. It's pretty obvious our gang share a wilful streak. I'm doubtful that critical/mass opinion of what is "classic" will impinge much with this lot!
    TT

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  11. TT; I challenge you to somehow seamlessly get 'impinge' into your next 5 messages...

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  12. Ha! Only if you use "off-piste" in 10!!! I do way too many crossword puzzles... Impinge, one of my pet words.
    TT

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