Coldplay vs. The Frog
Originally posted on June 01, 2005 1:30 AM
Speaking about his recent chart battle with the Crazy Frog's "Axel F," Martin dropped a bombshell about the Frog's dubious backstage demands, before back-pedalling possibly in fear of another chart panning.
"We refer to him as 'That Little Frog'," Martin begins. "We don't like the frog and it brings me out in hives. I go red. The point is that little thing should have its legs chopped off and I'd like to eat them in a restaurant.
"I don't know what I'm talking about," he continued. "We love the frog. He's friendly nice. We saw him backstage at Top Of The Pops. He was doing all kinds of drugs. He was with all kinds of pond life hanging around him.
"He has such a big entourage. Two toads are his bouncers, and a duck that follows him around filming things. I mean, he's cool but he's annoying. And don't think we hadn't thought of covering his song..."
Martin also spoke about exactly how much of the album he'd nicked off other artists, holding his hands up to numerous steals.
"As people listen to the album more and more it'll become apparent just how much we've plagiarised," he admitted. "To me, at the end of our album we should have had a bibliography, or a discography, or references. The end of 'What If' is taken from The Beatles. We were stealing from a lot of people. Much more than people think.
"Axel F" outsold its nearest challenger in the singles chart, Coldplay's 'Speed of Sound', by around four copies to one to reach the top of the charts this weekend.
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