Yeah, I finally bought this tonight, about nine (!) years after it was released:
Certain songs bring me back to my freshman year of college, songs like “All My Life,” “By the Way,” “She Hates Me,” “Spin,” and “No One Knows” (man, I just got really nostalgic right now). I was deep in my classic rock phase at 18 but I came out of it every now and then to turn on MTV and watch music videos of current groups. “Clocks” is another one of those songs – just listening to it brings me back to February 2003, when I had rushed home in the rain from my electricity and magnetics class to my dorm where my best friend, who visiting from out of town, was waiting for me. We turned to MTV (back when they still played videos) to watch this song. Everyone from my classes kept talking about how amazing Coldplay was. Posting “The Scientist” lyrics to your AIM profile was a cool and introspective thing to do. I was usually skeptical of “modern bands” because I was annoyingly pretentious back then about any band that didn’t originate before 1976, but I found myself liking Coldplay right away.
And even if you don’t like the band, you have to admit that this song is amazing.