Are you convinced by the inclusion of ‘ASFOS’ on ‘Ghost Stories’?
It was Coldplay’s second single from their latest album, ‘Ghost Stories’ and the uptempo EDM inspired track has become a moderate hit around the globe. The Oracle spoke out yesterday about the general band reaction to the song before release and Will Champion, Guy Berryman and Jonny Buckland ‘weren’t completely convinced’ by the eventually released version of ‘A Sky Full Of Stars’ (nor was The Oracle). Chris was very sure he wanted the uptempo track on the atmospherical journey, as the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’. This is now history but what is your opinion? Would leaving ‘ASFOS’ out of ‘Ghost Stories’ give the album a more consistent flow or does the sudden burst of energy add that extra special spice to the album?
Here is the original question posed to the Coldplay Oracle.
2 October 2014 / submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom
Q. Hi dear Oracle,
We know that Chris had to convinced the band to include A Sky Full Of Stars in Ghost Stories.
Do you know why? Was the song written at the end of the Ghost Stories’ process?
Then The Oracle gave us a more detailed explination of the band’s opinion before the release.
They tried ASFOS many ways and Will, Guy & Jonny weren’t completely convinced by the version that Chris was determined to release. It is is one of the first times that Chris was so adamant that they finally relented and agreed on the version. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure either but Chris was right.
I believe it was written later in the session because Chris describes the song as being the light at the end of the tunnel; a happy ending of hope if you will. He said all the other songs lead to ASFOS.
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