Nov 3, 2002
This week, our radio.wazee Spotlight
gleams on Brit-pop sensations Coldplay. Since their
2000 breakthrough into the mainstream, the boys continue
to resist being commercialized and command 100% control
of their music. Despite offers ranging in the millions,
Coldplay refuses to allow their tracks to be used
in mainstream advertising.
The quartet - composed of Chris
Martin (vocals/piano), Jon Buckland (guitar), Will
Champion (drums) and Scotland native Guy Berryman
(bass) - all came from working class families that
encouraged them to express themselves musically. They
met in the mid-90s during their first week as
students at University College London and with an
eclectic set of influences including Bob Dylan, Stone
Roses, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Waits; they formed a band
and rehearsed almost every night. "We used to
play in bathrooms, the basement, even in the park,"
revealed Chris, "anywhere we could find to play."
They released the four-track "The
Safety EP," which got them a gig at the In
The City Music Festival in Manchester in 1998.
Shortly after, Simon Williams signed them to his Fierce
Panda label where they issued "Brothers and Sisters,"
which, like their previous release, had only 500 copies
made. This work soon led to their U.K. deal with major
label Parlophone in 1999.
A limited edition five-track, "The
Blue Room EP," followed which received critical
acclaim as well as lots of coverage from the media.
Two more EP's, "Shiver" and "Yellow,"
were released in spring 2000 and followed by their
full-length debut "Parachutes." It won the
band a Mercury Music Prize nomination and was released
in the U.S. later that year. Coldplay went on to receive
three Brit Awards nominations and performed to sold-out
shows in the U.S. Rumors of a breakup erupted when
they canceled a number of U.S. dates and an entire
European tour, but it was only due to Martins
illness and vocal exhaustion.
Afraid that their success was a
fluke, Coldplay went back to the studio and labored
to perfect their sophomore album "A Rush Of Blood
To The Head," released in 2002. It has been a
tremendous success and according to Chris, "A
lot of it is meant to be about drive and confidence
in the face of worry and insecurity." "A
Rush Of Blood To The Head" features the hit singles
"In My Place" as well as "Clocks"
and "The Scientist."