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Coldplay's 'Speed Of Sound' Inspired Partly By Fatherhood

05/31/2005 4:00 PM, Yahoo! Music
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Coldplay singer Chris Martin said that the band's current single, "Speed Of Sound," was written in the summer of 2004 and inspired by two very different women--British songstress Kate Bush and Martin's daughter, who was just a few months old at the time.

"That's a song where we were listening to a lot of Kate Bush last summer, and we wanted a song which had a lot of tom-toms in it," Martin said. "I just had my daughter up also, and was kind of feeling in a sense of awe and wonderment, so the song is kind of a Kate Bush song about miracles."


Martin and his wife, actress Gwyneth Paltrow, became parents in May of 2004 to Apple Blythe Alison Martin. British singer and songwriter Kate Bush has been called "one of the most challenging and eccentric artists ever to achieve success in rock music," according to Her last album was 1993's the Red Shoes.

Coldplay has enough footage for a full-length documentary about the making of its upcoming X&Y album. Martin told, "We've been documenting stuff from the beginning, but we just don't release it at all. There's a vault in London with 500 hours of us in the studio. One day we'll be able to whittle it down to a five-minute DVD."

X&Y is due out on June 7. Coldplay will begin an extensive eight-week North American tour on August 2 in Toronto, Ontario.

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