“Surely, we’ve got the one Radiohead, we’re alright,” Kill Your Friends and Kill ‘Em All author John Niven says in a new interview.
In the interview, Niven recalls how wrong he was not to sign Muse and Coldplay when he worked as an A&R man in the 1990s. Both bands were some that ‘slipped through the net.’
“Muse and Coldplay… I actively told to get fucked,” he told This Feeling TV. “Now, I mean, it wasn’t like they were sat in the office, but I remember those demos doing the rounds back when I was an A&R guy back in 96-97’s-ish and my kind of feeling was, ‘does the world need another Radiohead’, because in the early days both those bands were quite sub-Radiohead and I thought, ‘surely we’ve got the one Radiohead, we’re alright’. Turned out, we did need the others as well.”
He added: “They’ve done alright. Meanwhile Mogwai were going to be bigger than Pink Floyd. I love them, I still do, I don’t always choose wisely commercially.”
Niven also did an interview with NME in 2013, where he said: “I’m still not really a massive fan of either band, but I guess if my job was to predict the public’s interest in them then I failed.”