British band Snow Patrol has hailed legendary U2 producer GARRETT 'JACKNIFE' LEE as the "king of everything", because he inspired them to overcome their natural laziness.

The RUN hitmakers, who wowed audiences at the London leg of the Live 8 charity extravaganza last year (JUL05), are thrilled with Garret's energetic input on their forthcoming disc EYES OPEN.

Frontman GARY LIGHTBODY says, "(He's) just the f**king king of everything.

"I don't know what we'd do without him. The man is a god. He's one the very few people that I've ever met who has a map of the song before it starts. Our attention span isn't what it could be and Garrett can crack the whip as well."

Eyes Open is the British rockers' first offering featuring new bass player PAUL WILSON, who makes his debut following the departure of MARK McCLELLAND.