[Talk - Coldplay] (2005)
This song has a surprisingly fascinating history I hadn’t known until today (well, yesterday since I queue these posts). First off, the main guitar riff is borrowed from the song “Computer Love” by German band, Kraftwerk. That song isn’t really my thing, so I’m glad Coldplay was able to take a decent tune and make it into a great full song.
Second, there are two quite different versions of this song Coldplay made. The final, album version is what is linked to above. The original version had different lyrics, a way different mix and feels almost like a different song. It was an earlier version they were working on, but didn’t feel it was suitable for the final album and would have been relegated as a B-side. The producers however, felt the song could be the first single from the new album, and so Coldplay scrapped everything, made a mix they liked better and put that on the new album.
Personally, I do like the album version better and am glad they redid everything, but I also find the original version has this endearing quality to it. Heck, I might even say the lyrics were better in the first one. Here’s a Youtube link to it so you can decide for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5DHXHUxxpg