Chris said he'd been in tune with the songs in his head ever since: "Everything comes easily. Just not necessarily of high quality. I have to filter out the bad...I think, with songwriting, it's a tap you have turned on in your head."
Still, he'll occasionally have to search for inspiration: "Sometimes I just go and, like a fisherman, just sit there and [pounds on piano] f' around for hours and hours."
Chris insisted he just "starts" the songs, finishing them later--sometimes the next morning--with the rest of the band, and divvying up the royalties accordingly: "We split it 20-20-20-40. I've never told anyone that but you asked nicely."
The band's first hit, Yellow, came to him as he tried to make the band laugh with a Neil Young impression. It's central image, yellow night stars, still makes little sense to him: "They're not yellow...it was a feeling more than a meaning."
At Howard's request, Chris then performed a portion of the song.