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Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 10/25/2011

A brief history of Coldplay insults

Coldplay, the butt of jokes and insults for almost a decade now. (Stephan Craneanscki)
To track Coldplay’s career is to track the evolution of the Coldplay insult, from The New York Times labeling them “the most insufferable band of the decade” in 2005 to The New Yorker last week saying of frontman Chris Martin: “Nobody in popular music is more annoying to watch.” With the band’s new album arriving today, here’s a brief look back at some Coldplay japes from various outlets.

Coldplay insults in the Washington Post: In a 2005 concert review, the Post’s J. Freedom du Lac grouped Coldplay along with Dave Matthews Band and said that the bands “generally appeal to medium-level dull people.” This led to a letter-to-the-editor with a very-2005 retort: “Did an editor even read this drivel before it went to press? If someone did, they would have recognized this mean-spirited review as something more appropriate for a blog than The Post.”

Coldplay insults on television, in movies: It’s no surprise that “The Family Guy” got one of its usual from-out-of-nowhere jokes into a script. And in the 2005 bromantic comedy, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen’s characters played video games and traded homophobe barbs, ending the conversation with:

David: You know how I know you're gay?

Cal: How?

David: You like Coldplay.

Chris Martin’s futile attempts to own the Coldplay insult: In recent years, the band’s frontman has attempted to corner the market on Coldplay insults, famously stating in 2008 that “Like millions of people in the world, I can't listen to Coldplay.” And just last week on “The Colbert Report,” Martin couldn’t let a word out of his mouth unless he was poking fun at himself.

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