Coldplay’s Oracle discusses old demo tape Ode To Deodorant

More questions answered by The Oracle… (submit yours now!)

September 9, 2009 – submitted by Lucas, Canada
Q. Hi Oracle, Is the song Ode to Deodorant by Coldplay, or by a different band, The Coldplay, as shown on the demo tape?
The Oracle replies:
That tape recording is from 1998 when Coldplay were still The Coldplay. It’s our boys, not the band that were previously called Coldplay before changing their name to The Bettina Motive; Chris asked if they could use The Coldplay once it had been discarded. Keeping up? Good!


September 9, 2009 – submitted by Sue, Italy
Q. Hello dear Oracle! I heard of Cockney, the London’s dialect, and I wonder: what are the features of it? And who, among famous people, speaks that way (among the singers maybe Lily Allen? Luke Pritchard?)? Does Chris speak Cockney? Hope you can help. Thanks a lot! Lots of love, sue =)
The Oracle replies:
Cockney is a dialect of London but NOT the sole London accent; it’s associated more with the East End of the City. It’s famous for having a rhyming slang such as “apples & pears” meaning “stairs” as well as a very distinctive pronunciation. Famous Cockneys include David Beckham, Michael Caine, Ray Winstone and Eliza Doolittle. Lily Allen and Kate Nash both sing with a Cockney accent. Luke Pritchard doesn’t; he just has a very distinctive singing voice. Chris isn’t the least bit Cockney and wasn’t born or raised in London to acquire the accent.

September 9, 2009 – submitted by Jim, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, My son and I were wondering what is the highest note sung by Chris on a studio album? He thinks it’s in the beginning of Fix You, but I think he goes higher in Talk. We have a small wager riding on this – please enlighten us!
The Oracle replies:
Off the top of my head, I’d have actually said it’s neither. Everything’s Not Lost would have got my money. Between the two of you though I’d say it’s a close call, but Fix You sounds higher to me. I shall ask the man himself in case we’re overlooking something obvious.

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