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Coldplay answer your questions
Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin and drummer Will Champion popped by to chat to Jo Whiley ahead of their special Radio 1 gig on Monday. They also had time to answer a few of your questions and explained the inspiration behind Viva La Vida.


Would you rather be in EastEnders or Lost?

Chris: You can't go wrong with Barbara Windsor right? I'm sure you can, I'm sure you can put your hand where she would not allow it... But I mean she's lovely. I'm going to go for EastEnders.

Will: I haven't seen Lost. I'm one of the few people on the planet I think that haven't seen it. So it would have to be EastEnders.

What is the meaning of the lyrics for Viva La Vida?

Chris: Really that song is about Mini me from Austin Powers. I don't like to explain lyrics, only because I had an English teacher at school who every time I wrote anything creative, would give me a D or a C - which a lot of people still do in various newspapers. It's definitely not about Tony Blair. It's more about relationships.

Will: That song works for me more as an allegory of a real relationship, the principle that you had something and you lost it.

Chris: You messed it up. You did something you shouldn't have done with a shortie in a club.

Are there any changes you'd like to make to Viva La Vida?

Chris: I'd love to re-record the whole thing.

Will: It's tough because albums are like a photograph. They are a moment in time and you make decisions based on how you feel about it at the time and then inevitably as soon as you can't do anything about it, that's when you decide you want to start changing stuff. Unfortunately you just have to let it go, otherwise we'd never release an album. It took us long enough to record it anyway!

Chris: I'm going on record to say I wouldn't change a thing.

Most played song on you MP3 player?

Chris: I'd say for you (Will) it must be The Pogues - Fairytale of New York. That's probably my favourite song as well. I never get tired of that. I wish it could be Christmas every day!

If you could go back in your career and change something, what would it be?

Chris: I would go back three years ago and take three songs off our last record.

Will: I would go and grab Phil by the scruff of the neck from Australia and bring him back here... I wish he'd never left.

Chris: Our fifth member of Coldplay who went mental for a little bit. We were lost without him.

Do you have a special food that inspires you to write?

Chris: Chocolate all the time. I'm heavily into chocolate.

Will: Chocolate, non-brand specific chocolate of any type.

Do you plan to headline any festivals in the near future?

Will: We're playing two festivals this summer, none of them in Britain unfortunately. We're playing one in Japan and one in Canada.

Can you remember the first band you saw who totally blew you away?

Will: I went to see a band called The Notting Hillbillies with my mum - it was Mark Knopffler from Dire Straits' side project. It was about 1987 and I remember thinking 'that's pretty cool'.

Chris: The Flaming Lips.

If Coldplay were a type of ice cream what flavour would it be and why?

Will: We stay up most nights discussing this particular quandary. I'm feeling like mint-choc chip. It has something for everyone, covers all bases.

Chris: I would totally agree with whatever Will says.

What keeps you all motivated and together?

Will: What keeps us together is the fact that when we first met we were friends before we were in a band. Bands based on friendship have more longevity than bands based on one guy who hires in session players. We're quite frank and open with each other and if things are going wrong we tend to talk about them and deal with it. We are very keen that we don't split up because why would we do that? It's our lives and it's what we love doing.

If you were asked on desert island discs what would your luxury item be?

Chris: I would like to take some pills which make you never say something stupid ever again. It's inevitable that your singer is eventually going to say something ridiculously stupid.

Will: A fridge full of water. I think most good things can be kept in a fridge.

Chris: Just a little bucket and spade.

Do you feel your personalities have changed since becoming famous?

Will: I don't think you can ever really evaluate it. You don't look back at your past and go 'I've changed man, I'm going to hang out with my new mates.' I think other people tell you if you're changing or not but I would like to think that we haven't particularly.

What would you give your album out of ten?

Will: It's impossible to negotiate this question because where is the line between arrogance and self-deprecation? Is it 7?

Chris: Can't you split effort and achievement? I would give us a 10 for effort.

Will: Maybe we can draw a line there.

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