The big single from Coldplay’s debut album, Parachutes, was “Yellow.” They got very, very lucky with this song. Once things got back to normal after 9/11, the melancholy video (featuring the Chris Martin alone on a rainy beach in Ireland because everyone else was off at the funeral of Will Champion’s mom) proved to be very popular. ABC television adopted the song for its promotion of the fall lineup in 2001. Then a cancer society in Australia adopted it to promote their “daffodil day” fund raiser. All this helped establish Coldplay as a band with a future. But what inspired Chris Martin to write it in the first place? He was desperate for a word that would follow the metre of the rest of the lyrics. Looking around for inspiration, he spotted a phone book–the Yellow Pages, actually. The word “yellow” worked–and, well, we all know what’s happened since.