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Old 10-26-2008, 12:48 PM   #1
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Good or Bad- Coldplay and other contemporary U2 imitators

Hey everyone. I know there has been much discussion about this topic. But I just wanted to expand on it a little further.

As you already know, there are many alt-rock bands that are being labeled by critics as “the new U2.” There are many acts have put some sort of twist on the U2 sound and made it their own. These are the kind of acts that I like to call “U2 for the younger crowds.”

I can think of the 5 of these types of acts:

Coldplay = a Radiohead version of U2

Angels & Airwaves = The Cure version of U2

Snow Patrol = an R.E.M. version of U2 (I couldn’t think of anything else to call them)

The Fray
= a Counting Crows version of U2

The Killers = a Morrissey version of U2

What is it that makes these bands "sound" like U2? I mean- Why do people compare bands like Coldplay to U2?

Do you guys agree with these comparisons? And do you guys think the presence of these “U2 rip-offs” is a good or bad thing?
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:03 PM   #2
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I'm sick of seeing band comparisons to U2.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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Did you really have to shoot this persons thread down so rudely, though?
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:10 PM   #4
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It's not directed at the original poster. It is my reaction after seeing tons and tons of threads about Coldplay being the next U2... Are Killers the next U2?... Who will carry U2's torch? Are Arcade Fire the next U2?...... Sorry if I sounded mean but it's not like I'm locking this thread and preventing any discussion from taking place. Carry on.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:38 PM   #5
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Coldplay has NOTHING in common with Radiohead, aside from being British.
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They also have a drummer.

Very similar.... hmmmmmmm.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:43 PM   #7
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I can think of the 5 of these types of acts:

Coldplay = a Radiohead version of U2

Angels & Airwaves = The Cure version of U2

Snow Patrol = an R.E.M. version of U2 (I couldn’t think of anything else to call them)

The Fray
= a Counting Crows version of U2

The Killers = a Morrissey version of U2

Do you guys agree with these comparisons? And do you guys think the presence of these “U2 rip-offs” is a good or bad thing?
These comparisons are stretching it a bit and don't make too much sense to me. You lost me from the beginning.....Radiohead and Coldplay have absolutely nothing to do with one another and if you combine them, to me, they still would sound nothing like U2.
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I always find it strange that U2 fans seem to hate any other band being influenced by U2, you think it would be something fans would be happy about or proud of.

That all said, I think calling people "U2 rip offs" is generally a bit harsh. Granted, I'm not greatly familiar with a good amount mentioned, but what I have heard doesn't even strike me as entirely U2. U2 themselves did not create chiming guitars. U2 did not create anthemic choruses. U2 themselves have blatantly shown "influence" from numerous other bands through out their entire career. Given that, are U2 themselves "rip offs"? I personally wouldn't say that, and thus find it completely unfair to label any other band who shows their influences as such either, particularly when those bands have been successful on their own merits.
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:49 PM   #10
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The weirdest thing on that whole thing was Radiohead compared to Coldplay, as Laz and Lance said.
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Old 10-26-2008, 05:57 PM   #11
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Coldplay a Radiohead version of U2? They both have bald drummers? I like Coldplay, but I've never really heard that much U2 in them, the guitarist is obviously influenced by Edge and the band are huge U2 fans but don't really sound much like U2 at all to me.


Bands get inspired by other bands and they make a somewhat similar sound in some regards. I mean what were U2? A Joy Division version of Television?
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The Fray? Now that's a new one.
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how can one band be another band's version of another band?

I'm sorry but some people have way too much time on their hands.
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coldplay also has a singer, and use lights. in fact i've seen chris martin wear sunglasses. they're a pure u2 rip off. they might as well call themselves a cover band.
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coldplay also has a singer, and use lights. in fact i've seen chris martin wear sunglasses. they're a pure u2 rip off. they might as well call themselves a cover band.
Coldplay are such U2 copy cats! They have a bald one! A good looking one! An over the top one with an ego! And someone else who's just there! They're copied U2's formula for music
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