Coldplay fans knew the song “Charlie Brown” was destined to be a single after only hearing it once for the first time live during the Rock im Park Festival in Germany early last June. Something about the song’s electric energy and Chris Martin’s rebellious lyrics just screamed brilliance, and the song would soon be heard pumping through the closest speakers Coldplay fans could find. Now, three months after the release of Coldplay’s 5th studio album Mylo Xyloto, the official long-awaited music video for “Charlie Brown” (there is another one, consisting of various shots from the festivals they played this past summer) has been released in all its “luminous and wired” glory.
The video is directed by Mat Whitecross, who also directed Coldplay’s popular video for their 2nd single from Mylo Xyloto, “Paradise.” In it, the band donned elephant costumes while lead singer Chris Martin pedaled down a deserted road on a unicycle (he removes his elephant head momentarily en route to prove that it is definitely him maneuvering the thing).
In “Charlie Brown,” the very popular Xylobands (more about this at xylobands.com), which are now being worn proudly by crowds who attend the Mylo Xyloto world tour, also make an appearance in the video, bringing the essence of what “Charlie Brown” really is to sparkling, glowing life. Actress Antonia Thomas from the Misfits and actor Elliott Tittensor from Shameless star as the rebellious couple in the music video, earning them both a large array of new admirers.
Spoken from a girl who attended Coldplay’s Lollapalooza show back in August 2011 (and pushed her way up to the front five hours in advance, thank you very much), I can’t help but jump to the beat of “Charlie Brown” as soon as the main theme kicks in, each and every time. And you should, too.