Throwback Thursday ‘Yellow’ by Coldplay (2000)
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and guess what color represents Endometriosis Awareness? YELLOW!
When I realized the last day of March landed on a Thursday this year, I knew exactly what I had to do!
"Yellow" by Coldplay was the lead single in the US off of their debut album, Parachutes.
"Yellow" was the song that really put Coldplay on the map worldwide.
According to Wikipedia, "'Yellow' achieved popularity in the United States and was Coldplay's first American hit. The single charted on eight different Billboard singles charts; it also topped various US modern-rock radio playlists in the spring of 2001. The single performed as it did in Europe and has helped Parachutes be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America during the single's stay on the chart. As of October 2014, the song has sold over 2 million copies in the US."
But, what exactly is "Yellow" about? Well, apparently, the song was written after one of the guys said something about looking at the stars and Chris Martin did a Neil Young impression using a chord he liked. 'Yellow' was supposed to just be a filler word and would eventually be changed. After a while, it just stuck.
Chris Martin told Howard Stern that he sometimes makes up false stories about what "Yellow" is actually about, but it's really just a filler word that stuck.
The music video was filmed at Studland Bay in South West England in May of 2000. Chris Martin is the only band member featured in the music video, but that wasn't the original plan. Band member, Will Champion's mother's funeral ended up being on the same day as filming. Wikipedia states, "...it was decided that only Martin would appear in the video, which was also the immediate explanation of his mood during this part. The weather also opposed the original plan, with harsh winds and rain instead of the sunny day that had been envisioned. It had also been originally intended for there to be moving stars in the sky, as if in a time-lapse. The directors agreed that the moving stars would distract the focus of the video from Martin. The plan of time advancing was kept. The video begins with the beach being somewhat dark until sunlight arrives nearly at the video's midway point."
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