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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Fallen Empires

1. I'll Never Let Go

3. The Weight Of Love

4. This Isn't Everything You Are

5. The Garden Rules

6. Fallen Empires

7. Berlin

8. Lifening

9. New York

10. In The End

11. Those Distant Bells

12. The Symphony

13. The President

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Track List: Up To Now

Disc 1

1. Chocolate

2. Chasing Cars

3. Crack The Shutters

4. Set The Fire To The Third Bar Feat. Martha Wainwright

5. Crazy In Love

6. Just Say Yes

7. Batten Down The Hatch

8. You're All I Have

9. Hands Open

10. The Planets Bend Between Us

11. Ask Me How I Am

12. Making Enemies

13. On/Off

14. Run

Disc 2
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Track List: Eyes Open

1. You're All I Have

2. Hands Open

3. Chasing Cars

4. Shut Your Eyes

5. It's Beginning To Get To Me

6. You Could Be Happy

7. Make This Go On Forever

8. Set The Fire To The Third Bar

9. Headlights On Dark Roads

10. Open Your Eyes

11. The Finish Line

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Track List: When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up

1. Never Gonna Fall In Love Again

2. Ask Me How I Am

3. Making Enemies

4. Black And Blue

5. Last Ever Lone Gunman

6. If I'd Found The Right Words To Say

7. Batten Down The Hatch

8. One Night Is Not Enough

10. On/Off

11. An Olive Grove Facing The Sea

12. When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up

13. Make Love To Me Forever

14. Firelight

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Track List: Songs For Polarbears

1. Downhill From Here

2. Starfighter Pilot

3. The Last Shot Ringing In My Ears

4. Absolute Gravity

5. Get Balsamic Vinegar...Quick You Fool

6. Mahogany

7. NYC

8. Little Hide

9. Make Up

10. Velocity Girl

11. Days Without Paracetamol

12. Fifteen Minutes Old

13. Favourite Friend

14. One Hundred Things You Should Have Done In Bed

15. Sticky Teenage Twin

16. Limited Edition

17. Jj

18. My Last Girlfriend

19. T.M.T.

20. I Could Stay Away Forever

21. When You're Right, You're Right (Darth Vader Bringing In His Washing Mix)

22. Raze The City

23. Riot, Please

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Track List: A Hundred Million Suns

1. Please Just Take These Photos From My Hands

2. Lifeboats

3. The Planets Bend Between Us

4. The Golden Floor

5. Take Back The City

6. Engines

7. Set Down Your Glass

8. The Lightning Strike

9. If There's A Rocket Tie Me To It

10. Crack The Shutters

11. Disaster Button

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Track List: Called Out In The Dark (Single)

1. Called Out In The Dark

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Track List: Final Straw (Limited Bonus Tracks Edition)

1. How To Be Dead

2. Wow

3. Gleaming Auction

4. Whatever's Left

5. Spitting Games

6. Chocolate

7. Run

8. Grazed Knees

9. Ways & Means

10. Tiny Little Fractures

11. Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking

12. Same

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Track List: Just Say Yes (Radio Single)

1. Just Say Yes

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Track List: New York (Single)

1. New York

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Track List: Signal Fire (Radio Single)

1. Signal Fire

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Track List: The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?) (Single)

1. The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?)

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Say mermaid 5 times post on 2 other tracks don't talk til you touch water
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Thank u for not being mad at your sister, I love and miss u. Let's smoke a big one
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This song makes me think of u, Erik this song was on when u let go, u where flying free!
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Kiss your left hand
Say your crushes name
Choose a day of the week
Post this on 5 other songs
Ur crush will ask you out
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I think I heard this in a movie. Love it ever since. Profoundly awesome. Sing to me...
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I love this song
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Grey's Anatomy :(
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You will be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest friday tomorrow will be the best day of your life put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes if you ignore this you will have bad luck then when you are done press the space bar and the name of your crush will appear in big letters,
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Love this song so much. This is about trusting someone so much that you don't care if they see the flaws and vice versa. Love and trust. I'm loving this like nothing else. Such a powerful message.
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God this is a great song
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DONT READ! now that you started continue you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read and ignore you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes and when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in all caps it's creepy but it works
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you have started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When you're done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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ive liked snow patrol for some time now about a decade listening to kroq california. and yeah i agree w last too many chain comments
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Pandora is plagued by chain comments!!!
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Those 3 words are said too much but not enough
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Greys anatomy ������
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I miss u my baby brother, we are still chasing cars, if we just lay here, thank u for your love
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Love this song ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Grays anatomy
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Let's waste time... chasing cars...
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ER scene, 21 guns episode. Everything was happening. Chilling.
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this takes me back to grays anatomy soooo fast
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GREYS
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Heard this song on 'ER'. 21 guns episode. So powerful
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The Office!!!!
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Takes me right back to the uk before I moved to Australia
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Nice band
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Cadabug04 Did it work.... and what if I'm single will a girl still say I'm sorry
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Am I the only one who remembers this from the episode of Grey's anatomy when they were all singing
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Snow Patrol is weird
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No one really calls me a dog but it's a great song #RuinedJoke
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Some people call me a dog cause I love chasing cars.... hahahahha =)
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Chasing cars
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I have never heard this song. I guess it's okay.
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GREYS ANATOMY
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Chasing cars♥️♥️♥️♥️
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424 the the. Right now 424. The. The right now
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J kll p ooo0oooo k j J k o pmoo no kinpji imbibingiinp o i n m 8 h k jukeihg I I9 op k ooo0oo. Noo
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IF I..... ?
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Two words, Grey's. Anatomy.
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I love Snow Patrol. I listen to their CDs every day in my car. #1 favorite band!
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Best band even my sister likes them and she hates music
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This song makes me cry ������
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Don't ever let go the person that is so important to you like i was and don't ever think that you are the only one that is going through this you are not one, don't ever let go.��
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