David Bowie turned down Coldplay collaboration: 'It’s not a very good song is it?'

'It’s not a very good song is it.'

Christopher Hooton
Wednesday 20 January 2016 09:42
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David Bowie with dyed red hair and a yellow suit, circa 1974.
David Bowie with dyed red hair and a yellow suit, circa 1974.

David Bowie had an eclectic taste in music, working with everyone from John Lennon to Iggy Pop, Arcade Fire to LCD Soundsystem, and taking inspiration from rapper Kendrick Lamar on his final album.

There was one act it seems he wasn’t a huge fan of though: Coldplay.

"We once submitted a song to him because it had this three-part thing that had a sort of David Bowie-type character," drummer Will Champion explained, "and I think Chris wrote him a letter saying “Please will you sing on it?” and he came back and said: 'It’s not a very good song is it' (or as Chris Martin tells the story, 'It’s not one of your best')."

"He was very discerning – he wouldn't just put his name to anything,” Champion admitted, "I’ll give him credit for that!"

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When Bowie returned on the scene in 2013 with the haunting ‘Where Are We Now?’, it made Martin feel a little inadequate.

When [the song] came out I was staggered, and also annoyed," he said. "Like, 'Come on, it's not fair.' He's already got all these amazing songs and then this instant classic."

Labyrinth is the movie that springs to most people’s minds, but he also played Nikola Tesla in 2006’s The Prestige, with director Christopher Nolan paying tribute to him this week.

"I've never seen a crew respond to any movie star that way, no matter how big. But he was very gracious and understood the effect he had on people,” he wrote in EW.

"Normally when you meet stars, no matter how starry they are, when you see them as people, some of that mystique goes away. But not with David Bowie,.

"I came away from the experience being able to say I was still his biggest fan, and a fan who had the very miraculous opportunity to work with him for a moment.”

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