ďReally geekyĒ Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland discusses the making of Viva La Vida.
Where did the magic happen?
In North London, at our new studio, the Bakery.
The money spent recording this album could buy Ö
Eight thousand Dalmations.
Lunch. Not so much the food but the sitting down together. Brian [Eno] taught us that you should all eat together and have a break. Itís a bit like going to school.
The thing you canít record without?
Clothes. We donít like to record naked.
Why should someone buy your album?
I donít want people to be taking this record back. Maybe listen to a friendís copy first, then buy it if you like it.
Album you unabashedly ripped off?
There was this Donna Summer song Brian brought in. I cannot think of the name, butóthis is really geeky shitóit had an interesting form.
Number of babies in the studio?
Occasionally we brought them in, but they tended not to play.
Number of paparazzi sightings?
Zero. I donít think they are that interested in me, to be honest. Iíve tried to sell pictures of myself. Believe me, no one will pay.
The haters will say?
That itís shit. But whatever anybody says about us, at least the album is not really long.