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The end of 'lympics

The Paralympic Closing Ceremonies were fun! I loved the steampunk aesthetic. The homemade-look and the focus on using a more central subset of the stadium meant the whole event felt more intimate and cohesive than its predecessor ceremonies. The giant fish! The dinosaur car! Brief glimpses of a fast-moving motorcycle on a high wire! Lots of whirling flame! Really good use of the pixels too, well-thought out and integrated, not just "oh look, cool pixels we can do things with!"

We had to pause the broadcast periodically to look after little Grouting. Near the end, pausing, we heard booming outside. Distant but loud and thought - fireworks at Stratford? They were! And twenty minutes of unpaused broadcast later, we saw those we'd heard via streamed aerial shots.

Help me with cultural ignorance: why are Coldplay so derisible? FB comments make it clear they are. I mostly only knew them from the one song of theirs I have on DDR.


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Sep. 11th, 2012 10:22 am (UTC)
Can't help with Coldplay, I'm afraid.

FYI - Noticed the word steampunk applied to the pre-Rapaelite exhibition in The Guardian's review this morning - I didn't realise the word had spread to the mainstream...
Sep. 11th, 2012 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, but in "they're punks who are steamy" kind of way from the piece I heard on the radio. Point being missed?
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:44 am (UTC)
why are Coldplay so derisible?
I don't know. I've not heard very much of their music, but it's always seemed pretty inoffensive to me, and certainly more original and more tuneful than most of the other stuff that gets airtime these days. I guess it's just another one of those things I didn't get the memo for, like how we're apparently supposed not to like Paul McCartney any more.
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:48 am (UTC)
I don't know either, but suspect it's one of those "got too popular, too fast, no street cred" things.
Sep. 11th, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, I think they, and their style, suffered from going through a period where they were ubiquitous. The comic musician Mitch Benn wrote a style parody that goes

Everything sounds like Coldplay now
Everything sounds like Coldplay now
No other sound is allowed
Everything sounds like Coldplay now
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
This. And I remember hearing Benn perform that on the Now Show. Very amusing. :)
Sep. 11th, 2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
Linking this with fandom, Here he is performing it with Amanda Palmer (whose husband Neil Gaiman is) in a venue that looks a lot like the ballroom of a con on Saturday night.

He also had a followup on the Now Show called Now Coldplay Sound Like Everyone Else.
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Sep. 11th, 2012 11:24 am (UTC)
Personal vocal preference, I can understand.

Their repertoire was a bit of an odd fit, but after the hodgepodge of the Olympic closing ceremony music (even if there was some enjoyable music in there), it was rather nice to have the coherence of fewer performers. On the other hand, many of the songs were shoehorned in to make them relevant. (They reflected four seasons? Really?)

The DDR song involves lots of jumping back and forth with two feet - I think of it as pretending to be a bell.
Sep. 11th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Someone mentioned that Coldplay are pretty inoffensive; I think that's kind of the problem; they're utterly middle-of-the-road. Decent tunes, inoffensive lyrics, your dad would probably approve, nice enough chaps. They're musical beige, basically.
Sep. 11th, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
I like Coldplay. It's easy, peaceful music to listen to. It's not artsy, it's not cool, it's not "alternative," so it may not fit into the hipster aesthetic.

But then again, I'm not too cool to admit that I like Britney Spears. I once read an article that called Coldplay are the power baladeers of the 2000s, putting them in the same category as Air Supply and their ilk. Which might make some people squirm. But I like Air Supply too.
Sep. 11th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
Coldplay - dad.
I'm with Marzapane on this. And yes, C's dad approves.

The lyrics to some of their songs can be interpreted as a good fit to the paralympics, and there are not very many popular bands who could fit the paraorchestra so seamlessly into their repertoire.

I thoroughly enjoyed the show (from a recording so we could ff the adverts) and thought the steampunk/homemade theme fit the paralympic tone very well indeed. The commentator made the connection that many of the prosthetics are custom modified, sometimes by the user themselves, and that parts are frequently re-used for other purposes. The parasaurus was my favourite too, until the fish gained it's eyes and scales.

I couldn't fathom the four seasons theme at all, for any part of it really.
Sep. 11th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Coldplay - 'it may not fit into the hipster aesthetic'
No it's not that at all. I actually find them offensive. Like others, I'm looking at you Bono, they've taken the precious, life affirming glory that is great rock n roll and made it boring. It's music by focus group, it's bland and derivative, the commodification and packaging of something great and edgy into something that's easy to package and sell. It's lifeless, devoid of passion or inspiration, it is to music what pornography is to sex, a cheapening, demeaning soulless transaction that leaves you dead and empty inside, the very definition of indie landfill.
As you may have gathered, I'm not a fan.
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