Chris, Jonny and Ian

Originally posted on October 25, 2002 12:25 AM

Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland both appear on the upcoming solo album by Echo & the Bunnymen leader Ian McCulloch. Martin sings backing vocals on two tracks, while Buckland presumably plays guitar. The still-untitled album will be McCulloch's first solo project since 1992's Mysterio, and is projected for release in March 2003.>

For the Coldplay duo, it was a returned favor of sorts, as McCulloch became friends with the band during the recording of their second album A Rush Of Blood To The Head in Liverpool earlier this year. McCulloch's presence gave Coldplay confidence and also resulted in the song "A Whisper."

Martin tells LAUNCH: "One day he said to me, 'You know, Chris, the record sounds OK, but have you got a song that goes, 'one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three?' 'Cause every record should have one, Chris, every record should have one.' So, I thought, 'No, sh-t, we haven't.' So, over the weekend we did a song. So, there's one song on the record that he basically told us to write. It's a song called 'A Whisper,' which goes 'doogada-doon-doon doogada...' It does what he says, really, but very fast."

Coldplay has also been covering the Bunnymen's 1980s hit "Lips Like Sugar" in concert.

In other Coldplay news, Martin joined Ash singer-guitarist Tim Wheeler to take over the BBC Radio 1 program Steve Lamacq's Evening Session this Tuesday (October 22). Martin sang a song he wrote with comedian friend Simon Pegg about a witch, then took a phone call from British Pop Idol TV show star Darius Danesh, who said bands like Coldplay and Travis had inspired him.

Martin also talked about listening to Oasis while Coldplay was touring the U.S. this past summer, becoming a fan himself, all over again.

Source: LAUNCH

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