James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Younger – Part 24: X&Y

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On last year’s A-Z I had to cheat a little bit for X by including XTRMNTR by Primal Scream. The main reason this was cheating was because last year’s retrospective was meant to be 90s music and that particular album was released in the year 2000. It was very much at the beginning of the year though and was, effectively, only a month away from being a genuinely 90s album.

However minor a transgression that may have been, I do find myself paying a bit of a high price this year, because of course that same album would have been an excellent choice for this year’s 00s A-Z. But I used it last year so I can’t use it again.

Which means I have had to go to a very dark place indeed for ‘X’…

X is for X&Y

At the beginning of the noughties, Coldplay represented everything that was wrong with British guitar music as far as I was concerned. They may have been popular and critically acclaimed but they were, in my humble opinion, a bit dull.

All that changed when they released their third album X&Y.


No, it didn;t.

I still thought they were insipid and bland. I had no interest in them whatsoever.

But then something did happen. Bob Geldof announced a follow-up to Live Aid. This time it was called Live 8 because it was…erm…something to do with the G8 summit and making poverty history.

That’s right, in 2005 all the popular music acts of the day got together and made poverty history. Which was brilliant because poverty was a bit rubbish and it’s good that it doesn’t exist anywhere and in any form now. Thank goodness for the power of celebrities.

Anyway, Live Aid, whether it entirely achieved what it set out to achieve, was definitely a seminal moment in the history of popular music. Live 8, as it turns out, was not.

But it did happen and I had a ticket to the London bit of it.

I saw quite a few good bands that day but for some reason Coldplay are the band I remember the most vividly. It turns out they’re pretty good live and I quite enjoyed their set, even if I derive no enjoyment from any of their albums when I hear them in any other context.

X&Y had only just been released when Live 8 happened. And Fix You was getting a fair bit of airplay, although it was yet to be released as a single. It was the song they finished the set with on that day. So if I have to include a Coldplay song on my blog, it might as well be that one.

  16 comments for “James’ Shamelessly Nostalgic A-Z Of Albums That He Liked To Listen To When He Was Younger – Part 24: X&Y

  1. April 28, 2021 at 7:09 am

    if you count this pick as two days (why not) then you can give yourself a day off. How’s that for fixing things.
    If you count this pick as two days worth, then you can create a spare day. Then, You could have space for a guest pick from Mrs Proclaims to choose the best of the best. How qbout it

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    • April 28, 2021 at 9:10 pm

      I wish I’d though of that before I had written tomorrow’s post. Alas, the list is already complete though so tomorrow we’ll get what we get. But Mrs Proclaims would have done better.


  2. April 28, 2021 at 10:18 am

    I never quite understood why it became fashionable to bash Coldplay. I guess they were everywhere for a while though – a bit like the Corrs back in the day – whenever you turned a radio on, they seemed to be playing.

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    • April 28, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      The ubiquity didn’t help but I disliked them long before it was cool to dislike them. I’ve always been a trendsetter in that way.

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  3. April 28, 2021 at 11:53 am

    Chris Martin’s girlfriend suffered from eXtreme Xerosis and he said I desperately want to be able to fiX you. Not many people know that!

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    • April 28, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      I bet even Chris Martin doesn’t know that!

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  4. April 28, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    I share the same opinions as you regarding Coldplay. But it’s cool that they ended poverty, though.

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    • April 28, 2021 at 9:13 pm

      We will always be in their debt for ending poverty.

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  5. April 29, 2021 at 5:03 am

    I’m also glad that we don’t have to worry about poverty anymore.

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  6. May 1, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    I actually like Coldplay. Then again, I like Nickelback too, so maybe I’m just weird.

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    • May 1, 2021 at 4:26 pm

      Coldplay are not for me but I do understand why people like them. You have lost me with Nickelback though…

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      • May 1, 2021 at 4:27 pm

        Maybe it’s a Canadian thing–we’re socially obligated to like them.

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      • May 1, 2021 at 4:30 pm

        That’s a reasonable explanation. Perhaps that sheds some light on Bryan Adams too.

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      • May 1, 2021 at 4:38 pm

        Oh no, none of us like him.

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