Chris Martin: Limp Bizkit Fan

Jun 13th, 2008 // 15 Comments

AP06071302581.jpgI know for some people this will just be another example of Chris Martin making Coldplay fans feel like idiots, but for me? Love. Sheer, unabashed love. The love I can only feel for a sensitive, interview-wary multiplatinum artist that goes off on a tangent about how unappreciated Limp Bizkit are in Entertainment Weekly. How was I to know that the man behind “God Put A Smile On Your Face” was a huge fan of “Rollin’,” which, yes, is indeed the best Limp Bizkit song of all time? “It might be unfashionable to say it at the moment, but Limp Bizkit had a lot of life in them when they were at their best. I’m proud to say it right here, live and on the record.” And I’m proud of you, Chris. You played Limp Bizkit for Brian Eno! I doubt anyone’s ever thought to do that before.

MARTIN: With Brian [Eno], he’s not snobby about any kind of music. He’d say, ”Listen to this Donna Summer track and then this Boyz II Men track.” Then we’d listen to Rammstein, and I played him a Limp Bizkit song. It could be literally like that, so we were able to plagiarize from the most extraordinary places.

Which Limp Bizkit song?
MARTIN: ”Rollin,” which is my favorite. I love Limp Bizkit. Just watch, in about 10 years people will start saying, ”You know what? They were great.” Because you can’t question their energy and enthusiasm and that’s Brian’s big thing — he doesn’t care what the music sounds like, as long as it has life in it. It might be unfashionable to say it at the moment, but Limp Bizkit had a lot of life in them when they were at their best. I’m proud to say it right here, live and on the record.

I don’t even know how to respond to that…
MARTIN: I also think that their version of ”Behind Blue Eyes” is better than the Who’s. Call me sacrilege.

No, I call you a hero. Keep on rollin’, Chris! You know what time it is!

Coldplay Talk Viva La Vida [EW]
Limp Bizkit – Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle) [YouTube]

  1. Chris N.

    “Which Limp Bizkit song?”

    That, my friends, is a canny follow-up question that would not occur to most reporters but in retrospect was pretty much guaranteed to elicit an interesting response. I salute you, Shirley Halperin.

  2. The Van Buren Boys

    MARTIN: I also think that their version of ”Behind Blue Eyes” is better than the Who’s. Call me sacrilege.

    Really?…He is talking about the same version that spells out “Limp Bizkit” in the middle of the song right? Although I do have a sneaking suspicion that there will be people talking about how great Limp Bizkit was 10 years from now. *throws up*

  3. Ned Raggett

    Surely this is just Chris Martin crossing his fingers and hoping that in ten years’ time some new huge band says “It might be unfashionable to say it at the moment, but Coldplay had a lot of life in them when they were at their best…”

  4. Chris N.

    Is that like George Bush saying history will vindicate him?

  5. Al Shipley

    I was with him right up to the “Behind Blue Eyes” thing. LB were a pretty solid singles band.

    @The Van Buren Boys: It actually says “Discover L-I-M-P”

  6. Whigged

    @Al Shipley: Me too, what the fuck is up with that? The whole thing just went off the rails at that point.

  7. R. Morast

    underappreciated=wes borland’s guitar work on the first limp bizkit record. it was a brilliant evolution of tom morello’s reinvention of the instrument. plus, he played a frickin’ a four string guitar like a bass. too bad borland started recycling riffs for the following records.

  8. Anonymous

    Take a Bite Out of Rhyme = No New York 2000

    [www.amazon.com]

  9. RaptorAvatar

    The fact that Eno didn’t shoot him in the face for purveying acres of blandness attests that he’s probably lying about the whole ‘as long as it has life and energy in it’ thing.

  10. FionaScrapple

    To be fair, Coldplay did it all for the nookie.

  11. Nicolars

    Their second album was titled A Rush of Blood To The Fred until Capitol made them change it.

  12. Anonymous

    The first time I dropped acid in high school someone played “Counterfeit” and it sounded SO AWESOME that I went out and bought the CD the next day.

    Yeah…don’t do drugs, kids.

  13. Anonymous

    Does this mean Chris Martin will show camera photos of his smally wang on the internet now?

  14. Anonymous

    @The Van Buren Boys: I believe he also is talking about the version that totally skips the part of “Behind Blue Eyes” that actually has an element of hard rock, the breakdown in the middle, leaving nothing but a nu-metal ballad centered on Mr. Durst’s whiney voice. Sacrilege indeed.

  15. TheRunningboard7

    Without shame, I can state the Wes Borland did a sweet tap move on one song from 3 Dollar Bill, Yall, and I frequently rip the technique off when writing music, if even for a brief measure. I still think he’s a great example of Mesa tone (unfortunately, this showed best on later albums).

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