Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime [AUDIO]

“All hail disco Coldplay” says the Atlantic. They write:

At some point, it’s typical for rock bands who’ve conquered their genre to dabble in dance. The Rolling Stones did it, the Clash did it, U2 did it, Arcade Fire did it. Now Coldplay has done it, with a gloriously absurd, “Get Lucky”-aping new single called “Adventure of a Lifetime.” Some fans have reacted in the manner of many others whose guitar gods suddenly embraced funk bass and handclaps. A sampling of YouTube comments: “Goodbye, good Coldplay. Your Rock/AltRock Phases will be missed.” “coldplay is a pop band now :/.” “it just sounds like Coldplay collab with some independent EDM producer.”

To casual consumers or active haters of the band, these protests will sound a bit hilarious. When most people think of Coldplay, they do not think capital-R Rock ‘n’ Roll. They think about Chris Martin’s mushy vocals, or about arrangements meant for teary montages on TV dramas. They think about four guys covered in rainbow confetti. Coldplay ditches classic guitar music’s aggression and horndogging, and even indie’s restraint and cleverness, for open weeping, pining, New Aging; the result is that rock culture has about the same contempt for them as it once did for Saturday Night Fever. In fact Coldplay probably should have been a disco band all along.

It’s actually a pretty groovy track. 

  • G Thomas

    Coldplay brings every bit of the magic they brought to rock and roll to dance music.

    • Blobby

      ouch! : )

    • Justin

      You really should mop the blood off the floor after delivering a line like that. And maybe call an ambulance for your target. I bow to you: that was delicious. 🙂

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  • Clungeflaps

    Ugggghhhhh…….Coldplay, the modern day Genesis.

    • fastlanestranger

      This comment is incredibly astute.

    • Lars De

      What a terribly rude thing to say about Genesis. And to be clear I never, ever liked Genesis.

    • tcinsf

      Uh, maybe later Genesis, but certainly not Gabriel era through Trick of the Tail. Yeah, I was a fanboy in the seventies.

      • Karen Williams

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  • Is this what the kids are listening to these days?

    • WiscoJoe

      No. I think this is what middle-aged Coldplay fans are listening to these days.

      (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

      • I’ll have to check it out. I wonder if I can get it on cassette for my Walkman?

        • Michael Rush

          Someone threw some AA batteries on the
          subway tracks in 1987 if that helps .

        • Daveed_WOW

          No, but you can make your own tape. Just make sure that you get one of the long tapes. After you record side one, put a random song on it to fill it up!

          Don’t forget to make your own artwork from magazines and glitter!

      • I’m totally one of those middle-aged Coldplay fans. It cracks me up that it’s fashionable to hate them now.

        • Anastasia Beaverhousen

          It is the fashion, and don’t say the Madonna word or it will really set fur flying.

        • ElenorRigby

          I like U2 and for whatever reason people decided that they hated U2 about 3 years ago.

  • Michael Rush

    Well it’s no Escape (The Piña Colada Song )

  • ElenorRigby

    While it’s true that The Rolling Stones (Emotional Rescue) did it, the Clash (Rock The Casbah) did it, U2 (Discotheque) did it… those albums were all hated by fans and didn’t sell well. Muse fans also mostly passed on “Madness” and Judas Priest fans hated “Turbo Lover” and “Machine Man.” This is also pretty catchy (I like every song I listed above) but I’m not sure Coldplay fans are going to want to hear this.

    Fun side note… the only reason U2 did their “dance” thing was that Pet Shop Boys had poked at them with that dance mix of “Where the streets have no name”

    • CanuckDon

      The Stones’ “Emotional Rescue” album was huge….
      “The album gave the Rolling Stones their first UK No. 1 album since 1973’s Goats Head Soup and spent seven weeks atop the US charts.”
      And then there was their #1 pop hit “Miss You” which was oot-oot disco all the way.

      • ElenorRigby

        True, I guess that one did sell pretty well… but the die hard fans themselves didn’t like it at all. It’s held up as that album where the Stones totally lost their way. (which I personally think should go to Dirty Work, but what do I know?)

      • ElenorRigby

        (technically, Miss You is from “Some Girls,” but I know what you mean.)

    • delk

      Clash disco song: Magnificent Seven– actually, a lot of Sandinista (Ivan Meets G.I. Joe)


    • DirtyPierre

      Well, U2 already had dance hits starting with “I Will Follow” in 1981 (#34), “New Years Day” (#38, 1983), “Desire” (#37, 1988), “Mysterious Ways” (#42, 1992), “Even Better Than The Real Thing” (#27, 1992), a #1 dance hit with “Lemon” in 1993 before the #1 dance hits of “Discotheque” (1997) and “Beautiful Day” (2000).
      Emotional Rescue topped the album charts in the UK and the US
      Combat Rock by the Clash peaked at #2 in the UK and #7 in the US and went double platinum.
      Pop the U2 LP went platinum, #1 in the UK and the US.
      While I appreciate your opinion, you should not state facts that you create.
      I don’t know where you get your information, but I can confirm your comments are inaccurate. When a band stretches like this, they are trying to expand their reach without losing their fanbase. Sometimes the experiment sinks the band, other times they master the genre. Spouting “facts” which are actually invented are easily verifiable. You are entitled to your opinion, but don’t make big statements like “I think Coldplay fans won’t want to hear this” when you mean “I don’t think I’m going to like this new Coldplay”.

      • ElenorRigby

        Um… I Will Follow, New Year’s Day and Desire are NOT “Dance Songs.” Those are new wave rock songs.

        Mysterious Ways is maybe a bit funky-lite but it’s not a Dance Song, either. Mysterious Ways had a dance remix, but the original song is just a rock song. Same with Even Better Than The Real Thing… that’s a rock song. Upbeat yes… but not a dance song. (there was a very popular remix of Even Better Than The Real Thing). Lemon is not a dance track, although there were dance remixes of that, too. Beautiful Day is also not a dance track, that’s a rock song.

        Pop did debut at #1 on the UK and US charts but it’s still looked at a commercial failure because it’s total sales were far below previous U2 albums.

        And no.. what I meant was “I think this song is catchy but I’m pretty sure existing Coldplay fans aren’t going to like this since they’re used to a band that’s more laid back and soft.”

        • DirtyPierre

          ok, negative norman.

          • ElenorRigby

            Listen, Jethro, don’t post all sorts of bullshit, act like a twat, put words in my mouth and then get all butthurt when I correct you.

          • DirtyPierre

            ooh name calling. the last resort of idiots. Oh and you overestimate your impact. butthurt? I laugh and fart in your general direction.

          • ElenorRigby

            Oh honey… no… you can’t start with calling me “Negative Norman” and then burst into tears about “name calling.” You’re clearly VERY upset that you posted something dumb on the internet and someone pointed it out. Don’t worry… you’ll recover.

          • DirtyPierre

            Like i have something to recover from? again you overestimate your importance

  • LuvUrLivr

    Just about as terrible as the rest of their catalog.

    • TuuxKabin

      a lil’ bit louder a lil’ bit worse, verse for verse.

  • David Walker

    Well, if Ethel Merman could do a disco album, why not?

  • 2guysnamedjoe

    Never having paid much attention to Coldplay one way or the other, I was sort of okay with this track … that is, until those execrable distorted Auto-tune ersatz vocals began.

  • TomF.

    I’ve always loved Coldplay, and this is a very cool dance track. It’s nice to visit Discoland once in a while. I just hope they don’t keep in this direction. One dance number is plenty.

  • TheManicMechanic

    “You know how I can tell you’re gay? You like Coldplay.”

    • petewestcentral

      This one made me laugh. I just discovered Coldplay last year. Doh!–wouldn’t you know I’d turn out to be gay.

      • Daveed_WOW

        When I was child, everyone liked Cher and Barbra Streisand…and yet I’m the only gay one….hmmmm.

  • Daveed_WOW

    The Atlantic doesn’t know anything about music. It’s OK. We can’t all be all things.

    Virtually every “rock” band since the Disco era has freely played in many genres, including dance.

    The Rolling Stones did not dabble in dance music. It’s what they’ve done for their entire career. Put one of their records on and then watch how people respond. They dance. They’ve always been – from their inception – a soul/dance band. Gimme a break. Where did they find this writer?

    U2 has been a dance band from the beginning. “New Years Day” is a disco record.

    Arcade Fire, like Coldplay (ahem), is a post-Disco band. Disco is always in there, as influential as blues, country and jazz.

    The Clash did dance music for the bulk of their career. Most of their hits were dance records. They didn’t dabble either.

    • JoeMyGod

      Case in point.

  • Cousin Bleh

    Coldplay had a dance song on their last album called “A Sky Full of Stars” that was produced by Avicii. I find it odd that people are so shocked by this track.

  • vorpal

    Absolutely loving it. Thanks for sharing these with us, Joe.
    I’ve discovered a lot of great music through your posts that I probably would otherwise never have heard.

  • OK, I listened to it. Back to Depeche Mode. (Because that’s who I’ve been listening to lately, for no particular reason.)

  • KaBoomBOX

    Coldplay has always been a “pop” band. They’ve always had some danceable tunes, their music frequently gets remixed into dance hits. This reviewer comes across like some tween-ager who caught their parents singing a song by a band only they can love. “You’be ruined it! You ruin everything, Mom!”

  • patrickboothe

    Sounds much better than Sky Full Of Stars which I thought was atrocious.

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