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Is it true they met in college?
Yes, they did (though in England they call it "university"). Chris Martin and guitarist Johnny Buckland first met in 1996 during orientation week at University College in West London. Martin studied ancient history, Buckland studied "maths." They soon met bassist Guy Berryman (engineering). Rounding out their lineup with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Will Champion (anthropology), the band began playing gigs around Camden under various names, including Pectoralz and Starfish. They changed their name to Coldplay in 1998.

Who are their biggest influences?
U2, REM, Radiohead, Radiohead, and Radiohead. In 2008, Martin said: "Sometimes I feel like they...

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