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    Coldplay's Culture Too Expensive For Hard-Fi

    The slightly more polished full-length Stars of CCTV was released last July and went straight into the top 10 of the album charts. It earned the band a nomination for the Mercury Music Prize.


    "First, we were playing in New York when we heard about the Mercury. We were just about to play a gig in a venue called The Mercury Lounge, so we thought we were being given some sort of award just for playing the gig. It was weird. Then, o­n the night of the awards, we lost out by just o­ne vote o­n winning it to Antony and The Johnsons. I know a lot of bands say that, but we were actually told by two of the judges that it o­nly went to them o­n the casting vote.


    "But, still, it was great to be there with bands such as Coldplay. Our entire recording costs wouldn't have covered Coldplay's macrobiotic yoghurt budget for the day."


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