Must List 2005: Coldplay
Mustworthiness The London band’s third release, X&Y, will likely be the year’s best-selling rock disc. Blender and Q proclaim: ”Masterpiece!” PEOPLE: Four stars! The New York Times: ”Insufferable!” (Can’t win ’em all.)
Bracelet Yourself What’s that band on Chris Martin’s wrist? ”Oh, this is a hangover from my trip to Ghana,” says the 28-year-old frontman. (Martin took off on that trip during X&Y‘s final sessions to get reenergized about his favorite cause, fair trade.) ”It [represents] an Oxfam campaign called Making Poverty History. But,” he admits, ”it’s also a flashback to my childhood, when I used to be into a-ha, whose singer, Morten [Hacket], always had all this stuff around his wrists.”
Writer’s Block ”There’s a few times on this album when I tried to sneak in literary references, and it’s always the drummer who’s like, ‘Uh, can you change that, please? It’s pretentious.”’
On His Must List ”I think it’s a good idea for a baby to arrive in the world with Sigur Rós playing,” says Martin, providing a clue to the early musical influences of Apple, his 1-year-old daughter with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Battle of the Bands ”I think Radiohead are better than us,” says Martin of his group, which includes guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman, and drummer Will Champion. ”They’ve pushed themselves further. Them and U2 are tough to catch up with. But my mission is to beat those bands out of town. When the world ends in 200 years, it’d be nice to have it be ‘Oh, yeah, and the best band was Coldplay.”’
Next Months — and years? — of touring.