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Snow Patrol

After failing to secure an international audience for nearly ten years, Snow Patrol broke into the mainstream with 2003's Final Straw, a mega-selling album that showcased the band's fondness for epic, melancholic rock. The group had originally stuck closer to the pop realm, releasing quirky albums that took more cues from Belle & Sebastian than Coldplay (to whom the band would later draw many comparisons). Final Straw proved to be a turning point, however, paving the way for the success of 2006's Eyes Open -- particularly its worldwide hit single, "Chasing Cars" -- as well as the band's future work.

Although originally from Northern Ireland, co-founders Gary Lightbody and Mark McClelland relocated to Scotland during their teenage years to attend college. While studying at the University of Dundee in 1994, they began composing music under several different band names, including Shrug and Polar Bear. The duo eventually adopted the Snow Patrol moniker and enlisted Jonny Quinn to play drums in 1997. One year later, Snow Patrol signed with Jeepster Records, a small label based in London, and released the debut effort Songs for Polar Bears.

Snow Patrol's audience was modestly growing, and the trio relocated to Glasgow upon graduation. Their second full-length album, When It's All Over We Still Have to Clear Up, was released in April 2001. Jeepster dropped the band from its roster that same year, however, prompting Lightbody to blow off steam by forming the Reindeer Section, a Scottish supergroup featuring members of Mogwai and Belle & Sebastian. He also continued writing songs for Snow Patrol, including a promising ballad entitled "Run." After guitarist Nathan Connolly joined the group in 2002, Snow Patrol signed a contract with Fiction Records and began recording a new album alongside producer Chris Lord-Alge. With the power ballad "Run" serving as its lead single, Final Straw became the band's breakthrough hit, spinning off four Top 40 singles in the U.K. and eventually selling more than four million copies worldwide.

Despite the band's growing success, founding member Mark McClelland left in March 2005, effectively downgrading Snow Patrol to a trio comprised of Lightbody, Quinn, and Connolly. Shortly thereafter, former Terra Diablo bass player Paul Wilson and touring keyboardist Tom Simpson were permanently added to the lineup, and the group honed its expanded sound by opening shows on the European leg of U2's Vertigo Tour. Upon the tour's completion, they returned to the studio and created the slickly commercial Eyes Open, which was released worldwide in May 2006. One year later, with a successful run through North America under their belt and an enduring single, "Chasing Cars," maintaining their presence on the radio, Eyes Open was certified gold in the United States. It later rose to platinum status, becoming the band's most successful release in America. Snow Patrol also became the first U.K. rock act in 13 years to break into the Top Five of the Billboard singles charts, a feat they sought to revisit with the release of 2008's A Hundred Million Suns.

Led by the single "Take Back the City," A Hundred Million Suns featured an emphasis on positive, romantic lyrics, something that Gary Lightbody had pointedly shunned in the past. The band joined U2 on the road once again, this time playing stadiums in Europe and America during the summer of 2009. Rather than record another album after the tour, however, they chose to release the comprehensive Up to Now, a compilation spanning Snow Patrol's 15-year history. Lightbody and Simpson also teamed up to compile a mix album, LateNightTales, which featured the band's own take on INXS' "New Sensation." Lightbody admitted to a frustrating bout of writer's block before embarking on the group's sixth studio album, 2011's Fallen Empires. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life, Tomorrow will be the best day of your life however, if u don't post this u will be injured(u wont die) now you started reading this so don't stop. post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 14 3 minutes. when done press F6 and your lovers' name will appear on the screen.



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Chasing cars makes me sad depressed but happy at the same time. I never knew a song could have that much feeling stuffed in it.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However, if you don't post this, you will be injured, but not die, in two days. Now you've started this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're done, press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
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I love Snow Patrol! One of my fave bands! ��
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Grays Anatomy is a good show. Try have good taste I background music.... Especially Snow Patrol - Chasing Cars That's one of my favorite Snow Patrol songs
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Say iPhone five times pick a color look under your pillow post this on five songs
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This song makes me cry every time��������
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God I Love This Song By Snow Patrol . They Or a Great Group
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Sorry for ur loss jackforster1 2 3 this song is on grays anatomy
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My Wife died to this song :'( just passed away :'(
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fatbendover
I'm so impressed wow /(O.0)\
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I love this song ! So great !
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This song will forever remind me of Grey's Anatomy and MerDer, especially McDreamy's death. OMG, I can just cry all over again!
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Chasing Cars
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Love This Song
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{www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured (you wont die) in two days. Now that you have started reading this don't stop. Post this on at least five other stations/son g s in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary this actually works
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Snow Patrol Great Artist . Great Group . Beautiful Song .
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Snow Patrol Or The Best Of The Best
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Song
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God In Heaven I Love This Sing
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I like this song it used to be my favorite.
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This song reminds me of my cousin when we were little kids I miss those days
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Is Snow Patrol currently recording music
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Os Snow Patrol Hill recordaba Nd eLearning new songs
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jcookiemonst e r 1 0 1
I love this song It's one of the very few songs I like from snow patrol
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I fell in love with the ever since I've heard it on just go with it
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Falling in love with this song! Once I heard it it sent me 100 years light away from you all ��❤������
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Why'd they have to play this song when Derek DIED!!! AHHHHHH Dammmn you GreysAnatomy ! ! !
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enrique0586
Asmayor00 don't know if I believe it...
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I love this song Chasing Car...
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I like this the name is " chasing cars "
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mommy_durham
My favorite song is chasing cars
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Chasing cars <3
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love them
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It's easy to forget the world when laying next to someone you care about. )
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Some of there songs make me cry
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Similar to The Fray.
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Follow for Follow {www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m }
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Chasing Cars! Omg I luv it!
When 1D sang it I was more in luv!
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I do like this as well. Good song.
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I'm sitting by a fake fan
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IF I LAY HERE IF I JUST LAY HERE WOULD YOU LIE WITH ME AND JUST FORGET THE WORLD? <3
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I LOVE YOUR MUSIC!!!!!!! ! !
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I love this song so much that I love snow patrol too much now it came from the show greys anatomy
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Rocky love you!!
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Blue iPhone
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Never really followed this band, but I do like this song. You go guys!!
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One of my favorite songs!
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Love Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol . Great Song Great Sound Great Beat . Your The Best . God I Love This Song .
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