On Snow Patrol's "Signal Fire"

As I was walking out of the theatre Saturday from seeing Spider-Man 3, I caught a few bars of the song that played across the film’s closing credits.

I said to my sister, “Is that Snow Patrol? It sounds like Snow Patrol.”

“I like it,” she said. “I don’t know who it is.”

I couldn’t catch the song clearly. Yes, it definitely sounded like Snow Patrol.

Ah, Snow Patrol. One of those bands I felt like was “mine” before everyone else discovered them. Thank you so much, Grey’s Anatomy. :/

Yes, it was Snow Patrol on the closing credits of Spider-Man 3. The song is called “Signal Fire.”

And it’s not that good.

It sounds more like a pastiche of a Snow Patrol song than a new, authentic Snow Patrol song. It’s a facsimile, a simulacrum. I’ve heard this song before. It’s had other names, but I know this song. It’s called “Chasing Cars.” It’s called “Open Your Eyes.” There’s nothing new about “Signal Fire.” It’s all formula.

It’s a pastiche. Snow Patrol pastiched themselves.

Bleh. :/

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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