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Scooter Ward Announces Cold's Demise

COLD have called it a day after the disappointing sales performance of the band's fourth album, "A Different Kind of Pain". Frontman Scooter Ward's official statement on the matter (as it appears on the band's message board) reads as follows:

"This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to write, but I've always been straight-up with y'all [the fans] and kept you informed.

"The week before our record was released, Jason Flom and Lee Trink (the two presidents of Lava and Atlantic) were fired. Those were the two people that we had faith would deliver this record like it should of been delivered.

"I'm not blaming Atlantic for what happened, because they did give us a chance to put these songs out and see what was to come. And a few people that tried to work it, COLD thanks them for their time and help.

"When you put a song out on the radio, it is what it is. It's a gamble on your life and your career and your hope. People just didn't react the way we had hoped they would.

"We appreciate all your hard work on trying to promote the record and we love all of you guys, but now I ask you to lay down your arms! The battle is over.

"Since we've gotten off tour in December, we haven't even talked to the label. Hell, I wouldn't even know who to call. But instead of having someone tell us that it's over, we choose to tell them instead. We bled on those tracks and the label just didn't see what they had. The industry today is too jaded and fake.

"Instead of being upset and bitter about this, we reflect on what we did do. We got to touch people's lives for the better part of a decade. We got to experience things we only dreamed about all our lives and for that we are grateful. God, I love you guys so much! And I'm more worried about y'all than I am myself.

"I know that some of you need our music like we do too. And I'll never quit writing songs for y'all. Sam [McCandless, drums] and I are going to start a new project. If God allows us to do this (which I have confidence that he will), you will hear songs again from us some day.

"We made it through a lot of hard times and a lot of bands dream of having a career that lasted as long as ours. We have never made a DVD, and that's the first thing I'm gonna work on. We have footage from the making of the first record until now.

"Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart for what you have given me and COLD. It's too hard to express in words how I feel about y'all, so I'm not even attempting that.

"I know a lot of people are gonna be mad and say that I gave up on them. But I didn't. This is just another bump in the road called life.

"Music has been the important thing to me since i was a lil' kid. I chose to make records instead of being with my family and my two lil' girls, so don't ever say that we gave up, please.

"Some might say we gave up becuase of the money. For some reason, people think we're rich rock stars who live in mansions and all that, but that is far away from the truth. We made enough to survive and we have no regrets.

"I hope that you understand our decision to bow out gracefully instead of being told that we can't do this anymore. I wanted to disappear and shut myself off from the world of music, but I can't do that. My world is music. All I have in my life now are these songs that we created and memories of our life as COLD.

"Thank you guys for being our family for the last 10 years. We love you all and please try to understand our decision."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. heavy hepp writes:

good one less sh**ty nu metal band

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. KORN HATER writes:

fuk yea i hope they relise this and follow a trend so metal is not disgraced any mor

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. yes writes:

COLD have called it a day after the disappointing sales performance of the band's fourth album

hahahahahahahahahahahah they finnaly got the message well it only took 8 years

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. kornknot writes:

good thing the guitar player got out...........as far as cold ive never heard them....dont listen to the raido

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. The G-Mann writes:

God forbid a band come out that just doesn't shred and scream as hard as he can so you can't understand a word he's saying. God forbid a band actually put his heart on the line writing these songs, unlike the metal bands you speak of that just talk about killing sh**. No, it wasn't the heaviest music out. Who gives a sh**. They weren't even classified as metal. Alternative Rock/ Grunge. Most of these metalcore bands that are out sound the same anyway. It was nice to have a change. It was nice to have a group that didn't just write music to make money (Korn) or to live a "Rock Star" lifestyle. They wrote music for their fans. f*** you people. You don't even know what real music is. Children of Bodom, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse...Whatever the f*** you listen to. It's all good music in it's own right, but what do the lyrics mean? Not a god damn thing. "I c** Blood", "Dead Skin Mask", "Are You Dead Yet?"...Need I say more? It's sad that they have "bowed out gracefully", but they will continue to make music under different names and I look forward to it. heavy hepp, Kornhater, yes, and kornknot can kiss my ass.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. KING PAULIE writes:

yo i wasnt the biggest cold fan in the world, but they were a lot better than all the other sh** being put out there

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 12:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. DeadGodInMe writes:

I read here every day what people have to say and how much certain bands just get sh** on by certain people. All I do is read it and usually don't say too much to anyone because everyone has there own opinion. But you, The G-Mann, you are a disgrace to metalunderground.com. You have no understanding of what real music is peroid. Your talking about how metal is all about killing sh** and the lyrics not meaning sh** because of a couple of death metal bands? Get the f***k off this board! Korn is not metal in anyway! Listen to bands like Stratovarius, Kamelot, In Flames, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and many more and you will see that metal can be cleanly sung, with intelligent lyrics, and clean guitars. Im not hating on Cold at all because I personally have never heard them. But to say the lyrics don't mean sh** in metal is ridiculous, you jsut are to stupid to think about lyrics and you want to sing every little bit of the song. Lyrics shouldn't mean near as much as the music, it should be about the instruments that are being played more so. However, thats my own opinion. Anyway, you are the reason I hate most rock lovers like you. All you think about is the lyrics.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 12:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. deathbringer writes:

Trashing other bands or genres because you're p***ed someone is talking sh** about one you like isn't very productive.

I personally liked a lot of Cold's older material when they had a more moody/melodic Tool-influenced sound. I picked up the newer album because it was on sale and I really didn't care for it. It went on the shelf pretty quickly. I'm sure when you're close to the music and the label and can see all the things working against you, it's easy to get upset about a record not doing well. But I can easily see why many of their fans of their older music might not like this record, and without a proper push to the radio/mainstream, they're dead in the water.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. enjoygreg writes:

ight, cold was a good band not my favorite but they were good. and what it really comes down to is respect. i mean this is a page wrinten in morning for this band and the majority of the comments are anti cold whats the f***ing piont i don't care if you don't like the band but im sure people who do don't really give a s*** what you have to say. and by posting that sh** it's kind of a slap in the face. but realy the only reason im commenting is for a friend (g-mann) and accually he loves all those band (ie. slayer, children of bodem, Cannibal Corpse) but his piont is yes lyrics are important in a song sometimes and colds lyrics really mean something to some people. just like any other type of music every part of the song is important not just the lyrics, not just the instruments.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 1:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Body Hammer writes:

13 ways to bleed on stage was a great album. They went downhill from there though.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 2:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RememberMetal? writes:

You can scarcely call Cold metal, of that I am sure...

However, If there was one nu-metal era band that had an interesting lryicist it would be Cold.

They went a bit beyond the faux-punk of Papa Roach and the fake bullsh**-insanity of Disturbed. Somewhere more tortured than Korn...but without the pity party attitude. They didn't even try their hand at the rap-metal thing while Limpbizkit were making millions and they left the gimics to Mudvayne (the only other nu-metal band that matters) Slipknot and Mushroomhead.

....Their big hit "Stupid Girl" was written by Rivers Cuomo...and that song was utter sh** IMHO....Other than that the first three albums were decent I thought.

While I can cite 100 bands I like more it's a shame Cold had to call it a day....They DID turn in a very terrible closing album, one I'm happy to say I did not purchase....But their first 3 were good, especially if your wanting something that was melancholic and not sh**ty emo or long winded prog rock.

RIP

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 3:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Slayerhead writes:

\m/ SLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYERRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! \m/

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 4:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. rising end writes:

well i understand that they had a long career, so it should have brought them more than enough money being in the mainstream. i mean come on, for example AILD is not exactly a little known band, well only if you listen to the radio and have no idea what heavy music is, beyond things like SOAD. but anyway, point is AILD, for example, makes enough for a decent living (or so i've heard). so for cold as big as they were compared to smaller band like that, to say thta thgey barely made a good living seems out of place. and ok, one record wasnt a chart topper (hahah, just the tought of making records for that purpose make me laugh), so they decide to quit? i don't know it kinda sounds lame and half-assed to me.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 6:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. BaKeD writes:

Cold isn't metal, and they know that. They really never tried to be metal, atmost they tried to be kind of heavy for their debut album. COLD is a great band, Scooter Ward is the only singer I can name off the top of my head who really put his emotions in the lyrics so gracefully. It's a shame their new record didn't meet the sales they needed to exist, because it was more about the message he wanted move across. I'm going to look forward to the new project, and hope it can meet the success I thought COLD had.
As far as it goes with other bands and their songs, their songs DON'T mean sh**, I like the most of them, because I listen to the music instead of the singing, but COLD had more than just instruments. Most songs by COLD I do like, and even though they are gone, i'm sure they will still sell records and more people will see the real message that Scooter Ward hoped for them to see. Peace.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 9:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Buzzard writes:

Cold were a great band and a lot of what they had to say was important and its truely sad when things like this happen. I am still a big fan of the band and i hope that the new stuff comes close to what they accomplished as Cold.

Oh, and all you rat-fukc-sons-of-b!tches that sit and go on about how sh!t Cold was (and other bands for that matter) just remember one thing: Listen to metal is about opening your mind, accepting the other sides of life and not giving a rats-ass about the tends....so if you want to sit and pass judgement and snide comments about people that listen and identify with what bands like Cold are saying, go buy the new Westlife album and join the rest of the brainless masses, you fukcing trendy bastards!!

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 2:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. WTF??!! writes:

Slayer and COB's lyrics doesn't mean nothing?? OMG!! You lost all the reason when you said that!! Fuk you man, they don't say nothing to you 'cause you're stupid and can't understand them!! You piece of shiit!!

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 8:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Slayerhead writes:

tu shay man - your a straight up h0mo

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 10:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. atarishark writes:

I had the luck of seeing Cold live in Sauget, IL. and it was awesome. I was looking forward to seeing them again. Someday, there will be people discovering just how good their material is. Until then, keep it real Scooter!

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 10:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. The G-Mann writes:

Listen. Maybe my point wasn't as clear as I would've like it to be. To Deadgodinme: I gave a couple examples...and I'm not even saying I don't like the bands I mentioned...I do. Hell, I like some of the bands that you mentioned. But the lyrics contribute just as much to the song as the music behind them do. If they didn't, then why don't we see more bands like Dysrhythmia, who have no lyrics at all. If they're not important, then why even have lyrics at all? Since every band I can think of uses lyrics, I believe that means that the lyrics are just as important as the music. I'm the type of person that relates every part of my life to music. I have a song for every sh** moment I'm going through, or every moment I just want to release some energy to, or whatever. The lyrics have a lot to do with that feeling. Lyrics help the mood of the song. Look at "Demon of the Fall" by Opeth. That song wouldn't be nearly as powerful as it is without good lyrics. They also give songs direction. Without them, every song would just be like a metal symphony...a little boring. That's why I appreciate the lyrics. It just pisses me off when people hate a band because they're not "heavy" enough. People are starting to hate Slipknot now because they aren't "heavy" enough. The cd they just put out has to be the best they've ever done, MUSICALLY. The music is melodic and still metal...Plus, the lyrics (on some songs) are very poetic. Cold's lyrics were very poetic...and the music just backed them up. It wasn't about huge solos or anything like that. I'm rambling now. Hopefully, I've made my point. I respect your opinion, Deadgodinme, and didn't mean to piss someone who actually knows something about metal off. It's these other a$$holes like Slayerhead and WTF that don't get it.

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 11:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Body Hammer writes:

Gotta love the middle school mentality on this site. Heavy = Quality? Pathetic.

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 1:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. deathbringer writes:

G-Mann, your point is well taken, but may not be applicable to everyone here. The more extreme the metal gets, the less the vocals AND lyrical content matters. Hell, they often go hand in hand, since you sure won't be impressed with the lyrics if you can't understand the vocals (unless you sit down and read the lyrics on the insert). I don't mind it a bit. I listen to Christian metal/metalcore as well as Black Metal and Death metal including many "Satanic" bands or lyrics. It doesn't really matter to me as long as the music rocks and/or is good and enjoyable (note that I like some Cold and a lot of "lighter" bands as well - my tastes are very broad within metal).

On the other hand, there are certainly songs I can relate to and like more because of that, but they are as few and far between now as my teen years are distant. I can't remember when I've even had time to sit down and read an insert like I used to religiously as a teen and college student.

In short, bands focus on what they do best (any one part may be less important to a given band based on their strengths and songwriting style) and fans focus on what they like best.

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 3:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. some_guy writes:

lol... Who cares if they broke up or not? haha, It's about time!

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 8:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Negatyve_One writes:

I do, I for one was nearly into tears when I just read this. I swear to god this community makes me sick. This band put more heart and soul into their music then anything Ive ever seen. You just have to be there to understand what he sings, and how to relate it to yourself.

If I had my way right now, id take this site down for the insanity and disrespect you guys are showing. You dont f***ing deserve music. Cold helped save my life, and my brothers, in a family of mine that well, was never there for us the music was. This band has touched me in a way that no other band has, and probably never will. I am truly saddened by the loss of Cold and forever will be.

# Mar 1, 2006 @ 2:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Matthew writes:

I'm going to have to second Negatyve_One. The lyrics of Cold have been the most important factor in the band's history. They never had rocking guitar solos or massive drum solos, the music has had a simple structure to it. But the lyrics are what definately stand out the most.

Personally, through past experiences, I've been able to relate to nearly every one of Cold's songs, especially from the album 13 Ways to Bleed Onstage. And if your life is better than mine, I'm happy for you. But that does NOT give you the right to downtalk people who are going through difficult times. If you don't like the music, don't listen to it. Don't sit there and talk about how bad it is. Though it may be bad to you, it has been everything to me.

I've went through many losses in my time and when I was alone, left to tears and thoughts of suicide, the only thing that could help me was to turn on Cold. And it has, because I am still here today.

Scooter Ward has been the man I've looked up to most. And now he is giving in because ignorant fools like yourselves who take what you have for granted are going to downtalk him because of his hard times. His fiancee left him, his band members quit on him, and his sister has cancer. You try going through what that man does, I dare you.

I will always listen to Cold. It saddens me that people like yourselves downtalk what has become my inspiration. If it makes you feel better about yourself, then go ahead. I'm sure one of your bastards is going to comment back about this, but quite frankly I don't give a damn what you have to say.

And just like Negatyve_One said, "Cold helped saved his brothers life". Well I am his brother, and yes Cold did play a major factor on my existence today.

Bottom line is if you don't have the problems that people like me, my brother, and Cold face, then I'm glad that you're not going through as hard times as these are. But please, keep your insults to yourselves.

Cold will always remain in my heart. I wish Scooter and the rest of Cold the best. I hope his sister makes it.

Farewell

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25. abovegreyskies666 writes:

cold was awesome, ive listeined to them since their first album. knowing they broke up just ruined my f***ing day.

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26. Chimaira_Kid writes:

COLD isnt metal but they were a big factor in saving my life as well. For a while, Scooter was the only person that could help me and show me that others are just as F***ED up as i was.

I like hardcore metal just as much as everyone else on this site but for people to criticize others for letting their emotions show in lyrics instead of talking about killin people
is stupid.

some of you need to drop the 7th grade bulls*** and grow up.

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27. Matthew writes:

To the two men above me - thank you

# Mar 1, 2006 @ 5:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. DeadGodInMe writes:

To G-mann in reply. Not many metal heads like slipknot period and don't even consider them metal. People don't hate them because they aren't as heavy, they hate them because they took a pop like approach to their latest album, sure maybe their songs were a bit better musically but the vocals got worse. Sure the lyrics may have been a bit better but how he sang it was the reason why slipknot lovers got away from their music. I love the vocal parts ofthe song as well, but in metal its not about the vocals as much as it is the guitar and drums. A band in metal can get by if they have outstanding guitars and drums with a sh**y lead singer. Thats what I meant by that, I didn't mean that vocals shouldn't be there at all. I never critized Cold at all once because I haven't heard much from them, but I jsut don't like it when people bash metal because the lyrics are a bit harsher then Rock in some cases, all I say is grow up and open your mind and stop being a p***y. We all know that the bands don't suggest you go out and kill somebody thats just their way of letting out their anger and letting people that they know how they feel. Just don't bash metal because you don't like a couple bands' lyrics.

# Mar 1, 2006 @ 6:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Matthew writes:

^ Good point ^

# Mar 1, 2006 @ 10:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. BLACKDOG writes:

I did not really mind COLD although I would cringe at the suggestion of them being Metal.The only reason I liked stupid girl is because I was p***ed at my Ex when it came out.I suppose the early stuff was the best but I can say the same thing about KoRn so go figure.

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31. BLACKDOG writes:

\\n/...lol.

# Mar 1, 2006 @ 11:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. By Demons be Driven writes:

They weren't metal in the least but hell.. even Year of the Spider or w/e was pretty sweet and that's probably their worst album next to the latest release. R.I.P. Cold. Even if the music was mediocore at least they were putting their hearts into the sh**.

# Mar 5, 2006 @ 2:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Slipknot/COLD/Bloodsimple FREAK! writes:

dammit! ....would everyone just bickering!!, if you hate COLD , then dont post messages saying "oh how great! yay!" the news was technicly made for the COLD fans/listeners, we dont care if youb hated them, so just shut the F*** up!!!!, your only trying to make yourself look tough, dumbasses!

# Mar 7, 2006 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. BLACKDOG writes:

AWWWW! is someone upset about the break up ?

# Mar 7, 2006 @ 9:09 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. RememberMetal? writes:

I hated Colds last cd, but not them....

And I liked their first 3 efforts (ST, 13 and YOTS) before they got donkey stomped by their labels expectations. They outlived their era and lyrically surpassed most if not all of the nu-metal set...Maybe not Mudvayne....I duuno....

Either way they deserve a pat on the back for bringing substance to a mostly sh**ty genre.

# Mar 7, 2006 @ 9:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. big wig writes:

cold was a great inspiration in my life and all other peoples lif e. we will all miss them a great deal. hope to see them on the seen again!

# Mar 10, 2006 @ 8:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Spider writes:

To COLD, I bid you all a good life. Scooter and Sam, I'll be waiting for the music, as long as it takes. You guys deserved better labels and better oppurtunities. And all Cold fans out there, I kinda liked ADKOP. Really great music there, though my fave is YOTS right now.

To all you other idiots who are crticizing them, just stop because you simply can't grasp the reality of life that some people are going through. The music isn't bad but the lyrics is what puts the heart into the music itself. So sit down, shut up, listen to one of the songs and TRY to understand what Scooter's saying, thats going to be the hard part, I know. Kthxbai.

# Mar 24, 2006 @ 8:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Cold Fan writes:

Cold was a great band. What more is there to be said? Just because they didn't fit a particular category or genre of music, doesn't mean they are bad, does it? I liked this band for two reasons. They connected with me on a spiritual basis. One could argue that Scooter's lyrics are quite spiritual. The other is that they're just real. Please take their music and sound for what it is, nothing more, and then you will have got it. Thank you.

# Mar 26, 2006 @ 6:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Cold Fan writes:

and yes, Stupid Girl was a good song, the genuality of Scooter is present...

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