The Power of Three: ‘Cool’ bands


Ali Wagner

This week: three pop songs that may have lost their luster.

Eli Vaglica, Staff Writer

How do monkeys survive in the arctic? Why is there a patrol over the snow? Who makes the cold play? Simple questions that have bands to answer your curiosity. To stick with the whole winter theme, let’s play some music from nearly a decade ago. I’m getting old, but not as old as these bands have to be.

Viva La Vida – Coldplay

Cold Play/YouTube

I remember when this song was popular, such a long time ago, around a decade or so. “Long live life” is what the name means in Spanish, but I took French, so don’t hold me to that. I think I could live if this music never returned. I did like it, but I was a kid then. The song seemed to have meaning at the time. It use to seem so peaceful and soothing, but looking back it was confusing to hear a band sing of kings that never existed in their own time and how authority should not rule every aspect of our lives.

Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys/YouTube

No, you probably don’t want to know because this song seems to be a lot of teenage angst or infatuation with the desire for another person. It’s like really having feelings for someone, and you want to know if they’re reciprocated or just a waste of time, “benefiting” as friends without receiving the emotional satisfaction that one might need. To be honest I never really liked this song, just parts of it like the bass line.

Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol/YouTube

All these songs seem to be really deep, although I view them as partially superficial and just music made by musicians. I personally think this song is about finding someone or having someone who will just lie down with you and do something pointless, like chasing cars around your heads. Not everyone has the same things happen to them, but I think that deep down we can all relate that sometimes the little things like this are the best.