New MTV Interview

Originally posted on September 10, 2002 5:12 PM

Coldplay raised a lot of eyebrows (including their own) when A Rush of Blood to the Head debuted at #5 last week, but they aren't letting success get to their heads.

"We're very obviously not celebrities," said frontman Chris Martin. "We're never going to make the cover of the National Enquirer. We're never going to have our heads put on someone else's naked bodies, unfortunately. I mean, I'd love to have Enrique's chest or something."

Martin is psyched about his band's popularity especially considering that drifting, melancholy pop songs aren't exactly the belle of "TRL." However, there was a time not so long ago when public exposure freaked out the sensitive singer.

"Before we started touring, we'd never really traveled that extensively," Martin explained. "When you're going to play in a big football game or something, you're in a tunnel and there's hardly anyone there and then all of a sudden there are all these people and it's like, 'Ahhh!'

"Some people are booing you, and some are not looking at you. They're just interested in their beer. Some people are cheering, some people don't want you to win, some people do. Suddenly you're out there in the spotlights and it takes a while to get used to it. But when you do get used to it, it's brilliant and it's very exciting."

With their prime slot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the atmospheric pop group stands just three positions away from Eminem.

"Eminem is amazingly important in the world of music," Martin said. "To me, Eminem is everything that democracy and free speech is about. He says what he wants about who he wants, and I think that's amazing. I don't necessarily agree with everything Eminem says, but everything he gets away with is brilliant because you should be allowed to voice your opinion like that."

"In My Place," the first single from A Rush of Blood to the Head, is in rotation at rock radio, and Coldplay have already chosen "The Scientist" as the disc's second single.

"That one was a real turning point for our record," Martin said. "It was really the first song we had which was not in the original plan, and it just came out of nowhere. We recorded it in about two days, and the singing was done only once. It was all done straight away after it was written. It was the first time we'd ever done a song like that, and it really saved our bacon."

Source: MTV News

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