Chris' Surprise Interview

July 19, 2004 2:40 PM

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has given an unexpected exclusive radio interview, revealing how fatherhood is treating him, the real story behind his collaboration with Mike Skinner and Coldplay's mock rap band, The Nappies.

Martin surprised listeners when he spoke to long-time Coldplay fan Thom Costall on his radio show on South Leicestershire's Harborough FM last week. The singer revealed that all's been well since the birth of his baby daughter Apple with Gwyneth Paltrow.

"Everything's great. I've just been writing lyrics and doing baby things." He enthused, "It's great man, it's the best thing that's ever happened. If someone told me my life at the moment would be changing nappies and writing lyrics I would've taken it, Y'know? It's my dream come true."

When asked if the birth had inspired him musically Martin replied, "Once you know you're gonna have a baby that kicks in anyway, so its been happening for 10 months, but I mean I'm not singing about nappies or anything."

As The Streets new release ‘Dry Your Eyes' heads into the Top 10, Martin also revealed how originally his vocals featured on the track, but never quite made it onto the finished version.

"Well it's an interesting story if you're into Coldplay and if you're not its really boring," he said, "But Mike Skinner, his new single is called ‘Dry Your Eyes' and there was this version of it which I sang the chorus. But I said I didn't think it was as good as the version where he sang the chorus. Then he didn't think that was as good as the version where some other dude sang the chorus, so neither him nor me sing on the chorus.

"But it was cool too, y'know it was cool to spend the day with him y'know. He's an amazing guy; you know there are some great rappers coming out. I don't know whether he'd class himself as a rapper or a MC or whatever.

Martin also chatted briefly about his influences for the new Coldplay record, saying, "I think he's [Jay-Z] amazing. I've been listening to Jay-Z and Kraftwerk a lot. Trying to get inspiration for the last few songs on our album."

Martin also joked with Costall about Coldplay's mock rap outfit The Nappies, who recorded a comedy song for Paltrow just before her baby's birth and put it up for a week on the Coldplay website.

"We've been very big fans of theirs for a while," he explained "And we signed them to our label and let them put out that single on our website. For us the novelty wore off so we sent them back to their day jobs.

"Do you mean does the new Coldplay record sound like Eamon?" Martin laughed when asked if the track would be an indication of the style of the new Coldplay album, "I think strangely it might. I think every white guy growing up in Devon dreams of being able to rap, and that's why we signed The Nappies – it was something that we could never be. But it's just that single track, now everyone's got to forget about them."

Source: XFM Online

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Britney Wants Coldplay

July 06, 2004 5:52 PM

Pop star Britney Spears is desperate for Chris Martin and his band Coldplay to perform when she marries Kevin Federline in November.

Britney is a huge fan of the band and her dream if for them to play their hit song Yellow on her big day.

According to reports, Spears has enlisted mutual friend Madonna to arrange a meeting.

A source tells British newspaper the Daily Star, "She's willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

"Money is no object."


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Recording in the Big Apple

July 01, 2004 5:42 PM

Coldplay have decamped to New York to work on the their third album.

The boys are recording the follow up to A Rush Of Blood To The Head which is due for release early next year.

Working titles for new tracks include Poor Me, Moses and World Turns Upside Down.

A source close to the band said: "The group have been in London working at various studios and now they've flown out to the US.

"It’s still very much early days but they're hoping to get it finished before the year's out."


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Brandy Borrows from Coldplay

July 01, 2004 5:39 PM

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Brandy has sampled Coldplay's "Clocks" for her new album:

"Should I Go" borrows from Coldplay's "Clocks," as the singer ponders "should I go?/should I stay?" in her relationship and decides "I'm in control either way."

The album, Afrodisiac, is in stores now.

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Two in the Top Ten

June 30, 2004 6:17 PM

The Red Hot Chilli Peppers hit Californication has been voted the best album of the last 10 years.

Oasis smash (What's the Story) Morning Glory (1995) came second in the poll.

Californication was released five years ago and has gone on to sell more than 15 million copies for the American rock band, who first emerged in 1983.

Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) takes third place, in front of the album Irish legends U2 released in the same year, All that You Can't Leave Behind.

Coldplay's A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) and Radiohead's OK Computer (1997) take joint fifth and sixth place.

Coldplay's debut Parachutes (2000), is seventh in the FHM poll, followed by the Prodigy's the Fat of the Land (1997).

The oldest album in the top 10 - Blur's Parklife (1994) - came ninth, followed by The Verve's Urban Hymns (1997).

U2 were also voted the best band of the past decade in the survey by FHM magazine, followed by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Oasis and Coldplay.

The Matrix (1999), starring Keanu Reeves, was voted the best film of the decade, followed by the last in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Return of the King, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Fight Club (1999).

FHM surveyed 100,000 people online.

Source: Sky News

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