Coldplay’s Chris Martin covered Paul Simon’s song “Graceland” when he performed on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge today. He was backed by horns and a choir. Watch it below. Chris Martin said he first heard the song when he was living in Zimbabwe at age 10. “I was trying to get the attention of another 10 year old girl,” he said.” There was no texting in those days, but she was doing the eighties equivalent of not texting me back and I remember this song playing and thinking ‘at least the music is awesome.’” “Graceland” is the title track off Simon’s 1986 album. In 2012, he released a 25th anniversary edition, and a special documentary about the album, titled Under African Skies.
Coldplay recently paid tribute to Hurricane Harvey victims with a brand new song “Houston.” They said they would never play it again after their one-off performance. Earlier this year, they released their new EP Kaleidoscope. Revisit “In Defense of the Indefensible: Coldplay’s X&Y; at 10” on the Pitch.