Coldplay frontman Chris Martin credited school hymns with inspiration for some of his work, in an interview this week.
In the interview with USA Today, he said that the rising choruses which Coldplay are famous for stem from his time singing hymns during school assembly.
“There was a lot of singing at school. ‘Yellow Submarine’ and hymns. I think that’s what gives me such a passion for big chord changes,” he said, although he discovered soul soon after.
“The best thing that happened to me when I was 15 was being put in this rhythm ‘n’ blues band, learning all the old school songs like James Carr’s ‘Dark End of the Street’ and Otis Redding’s ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’. That, coupled with religious music, was quite a good education,” Chris added.
He went on to say that he didn’t really catch up with modern music until 1997, although he was interested in rock music, especially Nirvana. The first gig he attended was a Nirvana covers band called Mr Obnoxious – it’s fun to imagine a young Chris Martin sporting one of Nirvana’s music t-shirts, moshing at the front of that show!