ten Coldplay facts

Coldplay were formerly called something else! The band began in 1996 when Chris Martin met lead guitarist Jonny Buckland at London University.

The band always worries about odd-numbered albums. They said “the fifth is going to be a nightmare.” Successful ‘Mylo Xyloto’ proved otherwise.

Guy said, “It’s a real privilege to wake up and not have to put on a suit and tie.” as his favorite part of Coldplay in 2008. Chris loved waiting for Madame Tussauds to call.

Coldplay fans call January 13 St. Ode's Day. To remember the 13th of January 2006, when a fan bought an original ‘Ode to Deodorant’ demo cassette from Ebay and leaked it online.

Chris Martin saw the Yellow Pages while naming Coldplay's 2000 song "Yellow." Not as romantic as expected!

In a music video with Jamie Thraves, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin had to learn to sing The Scientist backwards. MTV reported that Martin learned phonetic gestures to appear to sing the lines accurately.

Michael Martin recorded Shiver in one take, according to Parachutes co-producer Ken Nelson. Listeners may hear Martin gasping and his voice cracking in the song.

In their debut song, Coldplay sang about toiletry. The humorous song Ode to Deodorant was written. The song gained popularity with lines like “Here's an ode, ah, to deodorant/It's my thing, ah/It's my favorite hygiene/It keeps me through the day.”

The band has won 58 honors, including 4 Billboard Music honors, 7 Grammys, and 8 Brits.

Coldplay performed at Steve Jobs' memorial to thank him for his support.