Ellen: Coldplay Interview
Between performances of “Every Tear Drop Is A Water Fall” and “Paradise,” both songs from Mylo Xyloto, Ellen got to interview the founding members of Coldplay, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland.
Chris Martin Gives Ellen Elephant Head
Chris walked onstage with a large fake elephant head. It was comical looking, like the head from a costume for children. Chris said that he had used it in the filming of Coldplay’s latest music video and he wanted to give it to Ellen.
“No one’s ever given me an elephant head before,” Ellen said.
“Well that’s what the English do,” Chris said.
Ellen: Coldplay Origins
Ellen asked why Jonny and Chris are considered the founding members of Coldplay, if all current members of the band are original members. Chris explained that he and Jonny were making music together before the official lineup of Coldplay was formed.
“We started as a bad Simon and Garfunkel,” Chris said. “We thought we could do this folk thing. Then people told us we really couldn’t.”
Ellen: Chris Martin Gwyneth Paltrow Marriage
Ellen asked Chris about his lovely wife, Gwyneth Paltrow.
“You guys have a great relationship and two precious kids,” Ellen said.
Chris said something at this moment that implied that their relationship was all a hoax. What exactly he said was hard to make out. Whatever it was, it made Ellen laugh.
“She just pretends to be your wife?” she asked.
“It’s hard to believe,” Chris said, playing along with the joke.
Ellen asked if Chris had any serious relationships before Gwyneth.
“I think a lot of people like me and Jonny join bands because we were really not doing so well with women or anybody,” Chris said.
Jonny laughed and said “The longest relationship we’ve had is with each other.” He estimated that they’d been seeing each other for 14 years.
“I don’t understand how you could forget our anniversary,” Chris said in teasing indignation. “It’s 15 years this week.”
Ellen: Mylo Xyloto Review
Ellen asked Chris and Jonny what the name of their new album means. Jonny and Chris didn’t give any definitive explanation.
“It doesn’t really mean anything,” Jonny said.
The most enlightening thing they said about Mylo Xyloto was that they like “the idea of people with music in their fingers and toes.” Chris implied that this was how they got the word “Xyloto,” as a bastardized conjunction of the words “xylophone” and “toe.”
“Now you’re just making things up,” Ellen said.
“Well I am in a way because I’m on TV,” Chris admitted.