Tuesday, December 16, 2014
David Bowie Rejects Coldplay Collaboration Offer
Seems that if you intend to work with pop icon David Bowie, you had best be able to bring nothing but your best and be ready for honest criticism. Coldplay front man Chris Martin found this out recently for himself.
Martin says in a testimonial for a tribute video that aired during the BBC Music Awards that recently Coldplay attempted to start a collaboration with Bowie, but they were rejected. Apparently the tune the band sent Bowie was not quite up to his standards.
“One time I sent him a song to ask him to sing on it. He called me and said, ‘It’s not one of your best,’. He’s got very high standards, and I appreciate that. It inspires the rest of us to keep our standards high.”
Martin further elaborated on David Bowie's high musical standards by discussing Bowie's most recent songs and his 2013 album The Next Day. “When Where Are We Now? (the first single from The Next Day) came out I was staggered, and also annoyed. Like, ‘Come on, it’s not fair.’ He’s already got all these amazing songs and then this instant classic.”
It's certainly understandable that Martin is flustered as he is. Considering how astounding Bowie's officially released material is, I bet most artists would kill to have even one of his rejected songs as one of their own. I really wonder what a collaboration between Bowie and Coldplay would have sounded like. Their styles are both unique, yet they still have the potential to work together quite well. Be that as it may, perhaps from here this will get any artist who wishes to work with Bowie to try even harder and make sure they come up with something that is up to snuff for the pop legend.