(Disclaimer: I'm treading on thin ice here by shitting on something that is for charity, but I'm not shitting on the cause in question, just the content, so bear with me.)
Like all art, the music related to Game of Thrones that’s entered popular culture—specifically, music recorded by rock bands—is entirely subject to opinion in terms of quality. I personally think it has sucked. The Hold Steady’s cover of “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” isn’t a musical tragedy, but it definitely sounds very silly; The National’s cover of “The Rains of Castamere” is terrible, because The National are terrible.
The latest band to enter the musical fray in the Game of Thrones-verse is Coldplay—a band that at one point definitely dressed like guys who were, if not characters on Game of Thrones, then guys who were really into watching Game of Thrones. To elaborate: Chris Martin and Co. have teamed up with “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage (as well as other cast members, apparently) to make something called Game of Thrones: the Musical for NBC’s forthcoming “Red Nose Day” charity comedy special.
Suffice to say, Coldplay's contributions aren't incredibly inspiring so far — or, really felt at all. Dinklage's teaser above sounds like flat lounge music, or a version of Edwyn Collins' "A Girl Like You" that carries absolutely no sense of character. (This only hurts because I love Coldplay; I'm sure the large-scale outrage won't be too sizable.)