In a 2014 interview at the BBC Music Awards unearthed by the fine folks over at Death and Taxes, Chris Martin tells the story of how he wrote a letter to Bowie asking him if he would be willing to provide backing vocals to a song they had recorded.
Bowie, knowing a WHOLE LOT ABOUT MUSIC, wisely declined.
“One time I sent him a song to ask him to sing on it,” recalled Martin. “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.”
Coldplay drummer Will Champion backed the story up in an interview with NME.
“He was very discerning – he wouldn’t just put his name to anything. I’ll give him credit for that!” said Champion about the encounter.
See? Even David Bowie knew that Coldplay blows. But you don’t have to be a rock icon to know that do you?