Corporate Alternative Rock?

If Coldplay are “Alternative rock”, then words have ceased to have any meaning whatsoever. What, exactly, are they the alternative to?

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9 Responses to Corporate Alternative Rock?

  1. Ian Almond says:

    Two little words are missing.
    They are. An alternative to rock

  2. This was exactly the line I had when “alternative rock” first appeared. The term was rendered meaningless so quickly it became difficult to remember a time when it had any meaning at all.

  3. Tim Hall says:

    One rather sad comment I remember reading was the line “The bands that play at this club are too good to be commercially successful”. I interpret that as the classic rock sound of those bands being too unfashionable.

  4. Thor says:

    An alternative to anything better?

  5. Tim Hall says:

    You guys *do* know Bryan Josh is a fan of Coldplay, don’t you? ;)

  6. PaulE says:

    Talking of genre definitions …
    Do not go near the forthcoming release incorrectly called “Now That’s What I Call Rock”.
    Do not read the track listing, or your head will explode.
    It is much worse than you think.
    (and warning, it does contain Coldplay).

  7. Tim Hall says:

    Curiosity got the better of me, and I Googled.

    And no, most of the artists on that list are not “Rock”.

  8. Tom B says:

    I just had to google it too.
    I’m so appalled I can barely speak

  9. Tim Hall says:

    To be fair, he did warn us.