The Streets' Mike Skinner: 'Record labels stopped me releasing 'Dry Your Eyes' with Chris Martin'

Ex-Streets star also admits Coldplay frontman didn't like the sound of his own voice on the track

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The Streets' Mike Skinner has admitted record labels stopped a version of 'Dry Your Eyes' featuring Coldplay's Chris Martin from ever seeing the light of day.

Martin originally recorded vocals for track, which eventually became a UK Number One hit in 2004, but admitted that he didn't "like the sound of his voice" on the song so it was never released. Writing in his memoir 'The Story Of The Streets', however, Skinner said that record label EMI weren't big fans of the version with Martin, either.

"When I wrote 'Dry Your Eyes' I thought the chorus would work well with Chris singing it, so I sent it to him," he wrote. "We met up in Primrose Hill (in north London) and recorded the vocal, which I was really pleased with.

''But then the guy from EMI said he didn't think the song was a hit, and Chris didn't like the sound of his own voice on it, so that version got pulled."

He added:

Once the song was done, the whole thing changed from being something that was between us, to something that was between our record labels.


The 352-page book, which is out now, sees the ex-Streets man collaborating with writer Ben Thompson, who has also worked on autobiographical books with Russell Brand, comedian Vic Reeves and actor Phil Daniels.

The memoir also features previously unseen pictures from Skinner's youth, as well as tales about his adolescence.

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