Coldplay – The biggest band since the Millennium?
Starting off in ’96, Coldplay had three intense years of band members coming and going. They eventually formed a democracy where all band members had an equal share of all revenue, including publishing.
Following this, Coldplay released ‘Parachutes’ in 2000 and took British alternative rock in a new direction.
Surrounded by other British bands like Travis, Keane, and Radiohead, as well as being heavily influenced by U2 and R.E.M, Coldplay was set for stadium greatness!
After the release of the follow-up album ‘A Rush Of Blood To The Head’, it was obvious that Coldplay was the next big stadium band, a position they’ve managed to hold since.
The Scientist music video
Even though Coldplay claim to have written ‘The Scientist‘ collectively, the basic progression and melody were written by Chris Martin after he had been working on a George Harrison cover.
All great songs deserve a good music video and in ‘The Scientist’ we certainly get that! The video went on to win three MTV video awards, mainly down to its narrative being told in reverse.
This genius music video for ‘The Scientist, directed by Jamie Thraves, starts off with Chris Martin singing the first verse on a mattress outdoors in a London suburb. The rest of the video is played out in a backwards motion.
The story of what happens is told by Chris, singing in sync, whilst the world around him moves backwards.
To pull such an effect off, Chris Martin would have had to lip sync the song backwards during the video shoot!
This effect was previously used in the ’96 video ‘Drop by The Pharcyde’ (Spike Jones).