Eventually, they all give in. And damn it, you might be next, Bryan Adams.
After initially declining Glee permission to cover their songs, Coldplay is giving the Fox hit access to their catalog, according to reports. You might be happy… or sad. That’s kind of a dumb statement, but I’m leaving it because it reminds me of something Brittany would say. I’m happy, but my joy comes with one question: Is Coldplay the right fit for Glee? My gut says it could definitely work, but (and that’s a big but) it has to be done correctly:
- The first step is (for the love of Sue) not having an all-Coldplay episode called “Yellow” and having the color assault my eyes in every imaginable way during an entire episode. Don’t do it. Please. That’s all I’m saying.
- Second, tackling songs from the band might require some re-tooling, which could include barring Lea Michele as lead singer on most numbers. It would be easy to stick Michele (God, love her) at the helm of one of Coldplay’s hits (probably “The Scientist”), have the rest of New Directions lend the supporting vocals, let Amber Riley belt out the key power notes, and slowly watch it climb to No. 1 on iTunes. (It’s a fine-tuned formula that I love and have not grown tired of the yet.) But am I weird in thinking Coldplay requires the subtlety Glee sometimes only gives to solos or songs with supporting characters singing lead (“Dancing with Myself,” “True Colors”)? Michele tends to make even in the most tender of songs into big events because she has a big, wonderful voice. Subtlety might be key in making this TV-music pairing work. Otherwise, the show might run the risk of over-producing music meant to be the complete opposite.
What do you think, PopWatchers? In the spirit of the music they’ve just acquired, should Glee shoot for low-key?
Here are a there numbers I’d like to see. Share yours below:
“The Scientist,” as a group number with Kevin McHale (Artie) as lead
“Amsterdam,” a Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) solo
“Warning Sign,” a Mark Salling (Puck) solo