The secret behind Coldplay’s success is democracy!
Starting off in 1996, Coldplay had 3 intense years of band members coming and going, eventually forming a democracy where all band members would share everything equally.
Following this decision, things fell into place and Coldplay released Parachutes in 2000 and became the band that 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 Irish U2 and American R.E.M, Coldplay’s songs were set for Stadium greatness!
After the release of the follow-up A Rush Of Blood To The Head, it was obvious that Coldplay was the next big stadium band, a venue size they’ve managed to hold on to since.
Even though Coldplay claims 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 music video went on to win three awards at the 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 in a London suburb, but we quickly enter reverse mode.
As Chris sings in sync and the world is backward the story of what happened is told backward.
To pull such an effect off Chris Martin would have to sing the song backward!
The effect was previously used in the 1996 video Drop by The Pharcyde (Spike Jones).
The Scientist – Chords
This arrangement uses an open tuning when playing The Scientist by Coldplay, which originally was performed on the piano.
By allowing the top two strings to be a part of every chord we get different extensions for the chords that are unique and bind the progression together.
Go to The Scientist chords.
The Scientist – Lyrics
Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are
I had to find you, tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart
Go to The Scientist lyrics.