Coldplay’s Oracle discusses stage fright, that Q Magazine article, Chinese Sleep Chant and more…

More questions answered by The Oracle… (circa. 5500! questions now answered – submit yours now. Also via Twitter!)

January 30, 2014 – submitted by Jessica, Australia
Q. Hi Oracle, My fiance & I are getting married next August and we want to have Yellow for our first dance as a married couple. Are there any releases that feature an acoustic version we can buy?
The Oracle replies:
There are acoustic versions of the song around. The most notable being from Jo Whiley’s Lunchtime Social session back in 2000. Whether you will be able to buy it remains to be seen but the track featured on Coldplay Acoustic, a promo E.P.

January 30, 2014 – submitted by Fred, United Kingdom
Q. I am a big fan of both Coldplay and Kings of Leon, so I was just wondering whether the bands are friends? And have they ever met?
The Oracle replies:
Yes and yes. Chris was a late comer to KoL but as I was at one of their first UK shows back in 2002 (yes, I am showing off), he and I used to chat about them when he discovered their music. They have since become friends and I believe, mutual fans.

January 30, 2014 – submitted by Matias, Argentina
Q. I just saw a picture in which Chris kisses Jonny. Is it real?
The Oracle replies:
That photo is from when Coldplay performed at the Hollywood Bowl, 2003. Someone (with too much time on their hands perhaps) has made it look like a longer kiss by editing the speed.

January 29, 2014 – submitted by Michael, United States of America
Q. Hey, so I was listening to Chris’ interview with Howard Stern and he joking came up with a song called Play the Game by Howard’s request. Now, that song was good and I could see millions of people liking it if Chris developed it more. So my question is why doesn’t the band release more b-side songs that their true fans would absolutely love? I would love to know so please get back to me. Have a good one.
The Oracle replies:
Quality control, Michael! Are you SURE you think that was good? Chris was just mucking about. I’ll be honest & say I disagree. Chris is more than capable of writing brilliant songs so I’m hoping he leaves those fun / off the cuff ones where they are. Now… B-Sides on the whole are on the decline due to the practical non-existence of the physical single. Coldplay aren’t the only band not to have a plethora of B-sides from their most recent album. It’s just a sign of the times but hopefully we will see more of them again in the future.

January 29, 2014 – submitted by Aaron, United States of America
Q. Does the band ever experience stage fright or get nervous?
The Oracle replies:
The band don’t have stage fright – that can be pretty debilitating as an extreme anxiety. They do get nerves but not before every performance – for example, the Paralympics Closing Ceremony was a big deal so they were nervous. That was more about getting it right and nothing going wrong than the size of audiences though. Generally the band get adrenalin rushes and excitement about playing live and it takes a while to come down from that after a show.

January 29, 2014 – submitted by Ayesha, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, It’s that time of year again where I must search and search for scholarships and fellowships to help finance my higher education. They have the capacity to put me on track of the career choices I am bent on pursuing. This year I feel more confident being a college junior and having an excellent internship under my belt. However, I am not good at “selling” myself in my personal statements, and they are probably the most important parts of the applications. I’ve had to work two jobs for the past three years to help pay for college, so these scholarships could help me ease some financial stress off my shoulders. As I am somewhat lacking in imaginative writing skills, I am a bit worried about my chances. Do you have any advice on how to talk about myself and my potential under an imposed word limit while remaining honest and “myself” so to speak? Many thanks, Ayesha
The Oracle replies:
If you’re so bent on your career choice, you will need to show confidence. Self-deprecation and humility aren’t the way forward when you want to get ahead. I know it worked for Chris to a degree but in your case, you have to prove you want that place and are deserving of it more than someone else.
See this as your one shot – after all you only get one chance to make a first impression.
The key is to strike a balance as you don’t want to be over confident – cockiness isn’t attractive!
Here’s what I suggest. Ask employers, colleagues, family, friends, peers & teachers if they’re willing to say one positive thing about you. Compile these and work out a strategy of how to work them into your application. Good luck.

January 28, 2014 – submitted by Brisa, United States of America
Q. Hello Oracle, I was always wondering what was said in the end of the song Yes and I just figure it out. Is Chris just saying random stuff or is he saying something? Please reply! I really want to know what it says :) Thank You Oracle!
The Oracle replies:
I can’t help think you’re confusing what’s the end of Yes with what is in fact a hidden track – Chinese Sleep Chant. We haven’t published lyrics to that song.

January 28, 2014 – submitted by George, United States of America
Q. Hi Oracle, I just saw a video of Coldplay playing Animals Live. I noticed Chris didn’t have any shoes on??? What’s that about?
The Oracle replies:
I chose this question for the simple reason that it amazes me how two people from different parts of the world can send in a question around the same time that both feature questions about videos that lead me to reply with clips from the same Big Day Out performance. How mad is that?!? You see, the question I previously answered about me seeing another live video of Sparks with Guy sitting down was this. It also shows Chris with no shoes on. If you were watching Animals live, I’m thinking it may have been like this video from the same day. Spooky eh? Anyway, that means the answer to this question is: it was hot there back in 2001.

January 28, 2014 – submitted by Ben, New Zealand
Q. Hello! My question is about this video (and others) of Sparks: Guy is sitting down. I’ve looked up a few videos of the song played live in that time era and Guy is always sitting cross-legged on staged. Is there a reason why? Although sitting down with a bass is slightly easier than standing up, I can’t think of any reason why he would be sitting. What’s your opinion on this? Big thank you!
The Oracle replies:
Sparks is an acoustic song so I can’t think of any reason why Guy would be standing either apart from it’s “usual”. I personally never saw Guy sit on the stage in those days. I can only actually see two videos of Sparks from this time where Guy is sitting down. As both were in Australia, perhaps it was heat or jet lag? The clip you sent was from Australian TV on a very small stage. The intimate setting lends itself to a cross-legged performance. The other one I found was the polar opposite. The Big Day Out was in front of a large crowd on a huge stage. It was a stifling hot day and they were under the sun. Back then the focus was very much on the songs rather than the performance so curious as it may be, I’m afraid there’s no story. Nice little video find though!

January 27, 2014 – submitted by Chris, United States of America
Q. I saw that the next edition of Q magazine will feature an article on Coldplay’s triumphant return. Is there big news coming?
The Oracle replies:
The new Q magazine (issue 332 March 2014) has the headline “COLDPLAY – Q gets inside their triumphant return” on the cover. I can see why it is slightly misleading as it’s referring to a past return, not a future one. There’s a small feature about the Under 1 Roof gig from December. I suppose as it was the band’s first live appearance in quite a while, it was billed as a return.

January 27, 2014 – submitted by Tahj, United States of America
Q. Oracle I have been a fan of you the first time I heard Clocks piano ballad, which,actually was about when the song was first released if I can recall. If I met Chris Martin in person I would ask him this question I’m asking you and that would be, what inspired you to make the song Clocks.
The Oracle replies:
Clocks isn’t what I’d call a ballad, Tahj. I remember back in 2002 Chris mentioned that Clocks was inspired by Muse and their piano driven music of the time. In 2008 The Independent newspaper spotlighted Clocks in its Story of the Song feature which will tell you more.

January 27, 2014 – submitted by Varsha , India
Q. For the past two years I’ve had a crush on a guy, who (if I consider his personality would be the last person I’d prefer ending up with). I just can’t get him over my head nor think of anyone else. He’s the first crush I’ve ever had. I keep on daydreaming that one day he’ll ask me out for a date and things like that. Am I really stupid? Please advise.
The Oracle replies:
Attraction is a funny thing. They do say opposites attract. We can find ourselves drawn to someone who annoys us or as you say is everything you’d prefer not to have in a partner. Who can say for sure what it is about someone. It may be chemical (pheromones), physical (appearance) or spiritual (auras) not to mention good old astrological signs. Whatever it is, ask yourself what would you say if he did ask you out? Would you say “yes”? If so, ask him out! You could be missing out on finding out why you have a crush – he may not be what he seems so perhaps don’t judge him. Get to know him better and you may see a different side to him.

A random Coldplay video…