A Headful of (Driving) Dreams: Chris Martin (Coldplay) joins James Corden for Carpool Karaoke

Chris and James sing their  Carpool Karaoke hearts out (image via YouTube (c) The Late, Late Show)
Chris and James sing their Carpool Karaoke hearts out (image via YouTube (c) The Late, Late Show)


James Corden is a thoroughly lovely, engaging guy.

Which is a very good thing indeed since as the host of The Late, Late Show on CBS, which airs at 12.35am when many people are not at their most awake – the viewers, not the participants who tape the show at a far more civilised time, thank you – he has to be, wrangling celebrity guests and all manner of viral-wanna-be segments.

The most viral-y of these segments and the one that regularly garners the most attention because it’s just good old fun, disarming and a little bit revealing is Carpool Karaoke, where a famous music artist – think the likes of Adele, Sia, Sir Elton John and Justin Bieber to name but four – jump into his car and sing their tunes with the late night host.

One of his recent hosts was Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay, who ostensibly needs a lift to the band’s Superbowl Half Time gig – poor planning band management, POOR; yeah, yeah I know it’s a joke, relax – and once in the car the two Brits have a fine old musical time.

If you think it’s a case of Corden, simply recording a segment and moving onto the next workman-like, you’d be wrong, because as he told EW, he was really looking forward to throwing a few tunes such as “Adventure of a Lifetime” and “Viva La Vida” down with Chris:

“It’s more of a road trip than it is a Carpool in many ways. I’m such a fan of his. I’m a fan of that band — they mean the world to me. It was very funny. He brought a keyboard over, and it involved an overnight stay.”

It sounds like a lot of contrived fun and it is, one likely to cause, in the words of EW, a thoroughly enjoyable Rush of Blood to the Head … boom-tish thank you I’ll be here all week … or Chris and James will be … you know what I mean.


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