Chris Martin Quotes Abound

Originally posted on July 09, 2005 12:37 AM

Filter magazine's issue No. 16 lets Chris Martin babble about his band and life. Some of the pithier snippets:

On the success of his band: "Let me be clear: We're an incredibly arrogant band and we believe in ourselves above all others. But we also acknowledge that there's no way we can take credit for where we are. I didn't design my larynx, if you want to go right back to Square 1. ... So we work very hard to capitalize and validate what we've been given. Because we have been given it. It's not graciousness, it's just honesty."

Reflecting on his daughter, his actress wife Gwyneth Paltrow, his fans, and his career: "Everything in my life is a fragile decision that somebody else made."

On what he has in common with Coldplay fans: "Well, I'm terrifically handsome and incredibly intelligent."

On the general perception of his band: "Everyone wants to talk with the singer but you really shouldn't even bother asking the singer about lyrics or how the band is perceived, because he or she has no idea."

On the broad, pop appeal of his record: "Well, it's not as if we've just written 12 radio-friendly ballads ... we've written six."

On Detroit star Eminem: " 'Mockingbird' really moves me."

On the Strokes: "They are incredibly potent. The reason they get such acclaim is that they clearly know the past but they're writing songs that no one's written yet. They're retro-futurists. They're going to be a force to be reckoned with for a long time."

On U2: "Our album doesn't have a single song on it as good as 'With or Without You' or 'Where the Streets Have no Name.'"

On Missy Elliot: "When she works with (music producer) Timbaland, she's unstoppable."

On Jay-Z: "I think he's a genius."

On Radiohead: "I think if you imagine Radiohead going through a jungle clearing a path, then we're the ones who are probably just criminally paving it. I always see Radiohead as the braver people."

Source: Detroit Free Press

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