Coldplay came directly out of the BritPop movement that began in the late 1980’s.
The term Britpop was first coined around 1994 when the media began to use the “Brit” prefix to describe the success of British fashion designers and films. However, the Britpop label referred to a new marketing term for a new musical movement. Britpop emerged in England in the later 1980’s after an interest in club culture and rave music (breakbeat and techno music played
at rave parties) developed. Simultaneously, electronic dance music (EDM) was dominating the underground dance clubs in England.
In America, the dark and moody grunge movement of the early 1990’s was growing in popularity. Britpop music began as a musical reaction to these occurrences and provided another example of the evolution of rock ‘n’ roll. Young British musicians found themselves looking for their own sound, and became inspired by many of the early British mod and glam bands. Consequently, Britpop signified a return to guitar-oriented rock, but with an updated pop sensibility. Britpop bands created catchy pop melodies with positive themes. And they rocked hard. America’s independent music scene and grunge movement inspired this new emerging English music scene. Suddenly, British indie record labels and bands such as The Smiths were developing just as independent bands had in America.
The next step came to fruition with the arrival of two “competing” bands, Blur and Oasis. Similar to the earlier media driven competition between The Beatles and The Rolling Stones; there weren’t winners and losers, just great music.
In the mid-to late 1990’s established bands such as Radiohead and The Verve were beginning to gain more popularity, having been previously overshadowed by the Britpop movement.
By 1996, the post-Britpop band Coldplay would emerge and achieve a wide international audience!
Rock Hard Fact: Coldplay band members Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland formed the band when they met at the University College London (also known as the UCL).
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