Sunday 11 December 2016

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

Published 20/01/2016 | 10:26

The late David Bowie.
The late David Bowie.

David Bowie worked with artists from all different kinds of genres during his lengthy career including John Lennon, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire.

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However, British band Coldplay failed to add themselves to the distinguished list when the song on which they proposed a collaboration fell short of Bowie's high standards.

Speaking to NME, drummer Will Champion said, "We once submitted a song to him because it had this three-part thing that had a sort of David Bowie-type character 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?'"

Champion added, "He was very discerning - he wouldn't just put his name to anyting.  I'll give him credit for that!"

Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Bowie released the epic Where Are We Now in 2013 and Champion joked he was "annoyed" by its brilliance.

"When it 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!"

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