All I Want For Christmas is Old Coldplay Back

Sigh. Coldplay has released a new Christmas single:


It’s a decent song I suppose, if a bit predictable somehow and rather sappy. People who like to express opinions about pop music but who don’t listen to a lot of music (i.e., most college student) will say that’s to be expected, because that’s what Coldplay is all about. They’re wrong. Back in the day they had much more depth. Even when tackling a Christmas theme. As proof, I offer the following:

Okay, so that’s not a Coldplay original, as I’ve pointed out on this blog before. It’s actually a cover of a song by The Pretenders. Still, there’s no denying that this version has been given a real Coldplay makeover, and somehow it really really works wonderfully, in my eyes.

So what’s the catch? Both songs are vaguely about needing to reach someone to try to correct a past wrong, and yet one of them feels much more genuine and earnest than the other. My theory is simple: Chris Martin married Gwenyth Paltrow, which made him a very happy man, but also put him out of touch with a lot of life’s sadder emotions. Is it selfish that I spend every day hoping that they break up?


About Colin West
Colin West is a graduate student in quantum information theory, working at the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. Originally from Colorado (where he attended college), his interests outside of physics include politics, paper-folding, puzzles, playing-cards, and apparently, plosives.

One Response to All I Want For Christmas is Old Coldplay Back

  1. Moominmamma says:

    My favorite part of that first video was the trio of Elvis-impersonating violinists who float by. That was uber-awesome!

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