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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

5. Crazy In Love

6. Just Say Yes

7. Batten Down The Hatch

8. You're All I Have

9. Hands Open

10. Cartwheels

11. Planets Bend Between Us

12. Ask Me How I Am

13. On/Off

14. Making Enemies

15. Run (Live)

Disc 2

1. Take Back The City

2. Shut Your Eyes

3. Olive Grove Facing The Sea (2009 Version)

4. Run

5. Give Me Strength

6. Signal Fire

7. Spitting Games

8. Open Your Eyes

9. Dark Roman Wine

10. Fifteen Minutes Old

11. You Are My Joy

12. Golden Floor

13. Starfighter Pilot

14. Ppp

15. Chasing Cars (Live)

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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: Greatest Hits

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

5. Called Out In The Dark

11. You Could Be Happy

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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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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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This is not fake apparently. If you copy and paste this you will have the best day of your life tomorrow you will either be kissed or asked out of you break this chain you will see a little girl in your window tonight in the next 53 minutes will say I love you or 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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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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Should've told you what i feel about us and now that i know that you are leaving my mind is going crazy and i think that im in love with you but i don't want you to worry because no one will ever know how much and how far i would've gone for you. No. I have let others go before but you are different, So i will fight for your heart.
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I really miss u and care about you a lot lets just run
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Long distance relationship love you so much
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I love this song XD
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I luv this song so much <3
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Badass song though
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Go play in traffic sugar the world would be better off
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this is a beautiful song about true luv <3
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You guys are good
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Remains me of my brother as he laid in his coma! :)missing you!
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Love snow patrol and their song chasing cars .
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I love this song so much❤️❤️���� and I sing it all the time
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I love chasing cars its very good music to make love on! ��
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I love chasing Cars it makes me want to cry bit like a happy cry
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This is my go to cry song. Always can cry with this song, it relates to almost everything for me ❤️
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Why did they add laser sounds in the second chorus
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crashing cars!!!!!!
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Love this song��
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I really do like it
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