Coldplay Are Wankers

This is Steve Wilson, the vocalist, lead guitarist, and mastermind behind Porcupine Tree, one of our band’s favorites.  An account of the photo above said that a fan threw the piece of paper on stage and Wilson held it up to the crowd — an endorsement of sorts.

When I think of these two bands, Porcupine Tree and Coldplay, I think of Ayn Rand’s characters Howard Roark and Peter Keating from The Fountainhead.  Roark is a brilliant, forward-thinking architect who is unsuccessful due to his immutable creative integrity.  His close circle of friends and clients consists of characters who admire and respect his genius.  In spite of being a lesser architect, Peter Keating, (Roark’s classmate and contemporary) is extremely successful in his field because he operates by pandering to the demands of others, and appealing to a safe and traditional artistic sensibility.

Like Howard Roark, Porcupine Tree earned a small but passionate fanbase of listeners throughout their pursuit of personal artistic ideals.  Their music is beautiful, complex, rich, and versatile, but not everyone’s cup of tea.  Coldplay, their UK contemporaries, in step with with Peter Keating, have pursued a more accessible sound and become a household name.  Critically, however, they are a punchline. Even their most recent and most mature effort, Viva La Vida (an album I thoroughly enjoyed) received mixed reviews, and was under scrutiny for plagiarism.

Also, the word “wankers” is hilarious.

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    • Lovish Behl
    • September 12th, 2010

    That so unprofessional!!

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    • Lovish Behl
    • September 12th, 2010

    PT are Mofos!

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    • Lovish Behl
    • September 13th, 2010

    PT are really Mofos!

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    • Spiral2012
    • September 23rd, 2010

    Unprofessional? Are they in an office? Steven didn’t write the note… besides the fact that it’s a true statement. :) SW has more talent in his pinky than Train could ever hope to have. @Lovish Behl

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    • Spiral2012
    • September 23rd, 2010

    haha, or coldplay for that matter… Shows how much I really care about those bands. ROFL

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    • Steven Wilson and Coldplay aren’t “wankers”
    • February 8th, 2011

    Steven Wilson didn’t write it. Some dude in the audience did. Actually, Steven Wilson criticized him. Steven Wilson doesn’t think Coldplay are wankers. And people who are fans of Coldplay: you should seriously listen to Porcupine Tree it’s a great band. Coldplay is also a great band nevertheless :)

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    • karupan
    • June 20th, 2011

    I announce a truth for all fools that’s “COLDPLAY IS ROCKING”

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    • Tiny Nitai
    • October 26th, 2011

    I’m a Coldplay fan since several years ago, I recently came across PT and I truly LOVED their music… Great band, I’m sure Steven doesn’t belive Coldplay are ‘wankers’, anyways, shame on that fan

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    • mattyrasker
    • February 9th, 2012

    Porcupine Tree are great, Coldplay are not.


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    • Nani
    • February 21st, 2012

    @Lovish Behl
    I freakin’ love you! Ha! Coldplay for life man, sorry that this is so late.

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    • Nani
    • February 21st, 2012

    Heck yea, Coldplay for life man.

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    • Katya
    • March 16th, 2012

    @Lovish Behl – You put these comments up purely for a reaction, didn’t you? FYI – A fan threw a crumpled up piece of paper on stage with those word on it. Steven wasn’t encouraging or endorsing the statement. Secondly, it takes a kind of sophistication to understand PT’s music.I agree with the author when he compares Wilson to Howard Roark from Fountainhead. Have you read Fountainhead? Wait – do you even read? And I’m not going to judge you by the kind of music you listen to. I don’t even know you. But there are some things you just don’t do, not out of ethical reasons, but because they reflect badly on you, and insulting Steven Wilson is right up there with arson, Nazism and Necrophilia. You can be born a million times, but you still won’t be able to make music like this man. So, in short, maybe you’re better of listening to the shit you usually listen to. Heard Nicki Minaj’s new song – I’m a stupid hoe? You might like it!

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    LOL – I love the comments on this post. Character Nine (my band) has hung up it’s laurels for now, but these comments keep the site alive. Thanks for chiming in!!

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    • Lebenox
    • January 20th, 2013

    Well it’s not that Coldplay can’t do good…surely they can someday they will also make tracks which will be really worth listening lool their last track which I heard was paradise totally crap…but Steven Wilson is a genuine person…none shall deny the fact….I’m not saying that Coldplay can’t make music surely they can entertain heartbroken kids and blonde girls but Porcupine Tree my friend is not for ãll….One has to be classy

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