Coldplay’s Oracle keeps their feet on the ground and their head out of the clouds…

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September 17, 2010 – submitted by Alison, United States of America
Q. Oracle, what’s the best advice someone has ever given you? And what’s the best advice you think you have ever given to someone? -Ali
The Oracle replies:
The best advice I got is the same as the best advice I give; passing it on seems like a good idea. “Keep your feet on the ground and your head out of the clouds” is one of my favourites that I received that I do share. My own nugget that I think you’ll recognize from this very page is “Regret what you do, not what you don’t do” – of course that’s within reason! By the way, before anyone asks, given the number of times feet on the ground is mentioned in Coldplay songs you’d be forgiven for assuming it was they that gave me that advice. It wasn’t; that phrase is pretty popular over here.


September 17, 2010 – submitted by Eddy, Italy
Q. Hello Oracle, I was just wandering if the song Sweet Marienne is from Coldplay or is just a fake… this is the video. Thank you!
The Oracle replies:
It’s Sweet Marianne actually Eddy and is very real. That clip is not “the” video as no such thing exists. Someone has made that around a live recording of the track; the only versions of the track are live as once again it’s an unreleased song with no studio recording available.

September 17, 2010 – submitted by Tyler, United States of America
Q. Oracle: My question is in light of your answer today to Tyler from The United States (who is not me). Last semester, I read “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” a novel about a British boy written by British author Mark Haddon. In it, the boy, Christopher, kept saying “Maths”. Now, I read you also saying “Maths”. As a Math Education major, I am interested: Is “Maths” the standard in Britain? Thank you. The other Tyler from USA
The Oracle replies:
Yes it is that is why I put the s in brackets as Tyler (not you) is from the States and as you know it’s Math there but Maths here.

September 16, 2010 – submitted by Sara, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle! I came across this. My question is, when and where was this performed? I would absolutely love to know! Thank you so much, Sara.
The Oracle replies:
Ah yes, I was there and I remember what a great sunny day that was. Coldplay headlined this, the Isle of Wight Festival on Sunday 11th June 2006. The reason they decided to cover Lou Reed’s Perfect Day was because Lou had performed on the main stage earlier (before Richard Ashcroft who preceded Coldplay) and to the disappointment of the crowd had omitted one of his biggest hits from the set so the band quickly decided to play a version.

September 16, 2010 – submitted by Tyler, United States of America
Q. Is this legit? Will there be a longer wait time in between albums than expected?
The Oracle replies:
Not unless we’re all bad at Math(s)? I know it can sometimes feel like ages but I honestly don’t see what the fuss is about. Let’s look at history and do some sums:
Parachutes released July 2000; A Rush of Blood to the Head released August 2002; X&Y released June 2005; Viva la Vida released June 2008; 5th album release tbc 2011. The shortest gap was between the first and second album and as far as I can tell there’ll be around the same time in between the rest. Also be aware of article’s wording: “Although no specific dates were mentioned, there is a possibility Coldplay won’t hit the road until 2012”. I mean c’mon, what is that actually saying? “No specific dates were mentioned” and “possibility” is saying nothing!

September 15, 2010 – submitted by Ian, United States of America
Q. All-Seeing Oracle, I was searching for sheet music, when I came across a song named Ladder to the Sun. I could not find any audio recordings and I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction? ~The BIGGEST Coldplay fan ever, Ian~
The Oracle replies:
This is another unreleased track that was played live; that means there is no studio version available.

September 15, 2010 – submitted by Kathryn, United States of America
Q. Did the band win the award for the Strawberry Swing music video? I missed the TV program and I really want to know! Thanks :)
The Oracle replies:
MTV’s Video Music Awards were held on September 12. Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing was shortlisted for Breakthrough Video but the award went to The Black Keys for Tighten Up.

September 15, 2010 – submitted by Gabby, United States of America
Q. Dear Oracle, My brother got me a free t-shirt for Christmas. Should I be offended? If so, what should I do to get back at him?
The Oracle replies:
I know it’s not even October yet but I guess you could get ready to reciprocate this coming Christmas by giving him the same t-shirt back as a gift? Actually I jest… I don’t think there’s anything wrong with gifting items that didn’t cost anything. Last year I purged myself of almost everything I owned. I sold my furniture and most of my home’s contents but every so often I would come across a book or a film or an item that I knew would find a good home with a friend, sibling, parent or children. I can’t see why some people would be offended. It can sometimes mean more than a bought present. It really is the thought that counts; if he genuinely thought you’d like it there’s nothing wrong with it. I think there’s joy in giving presents; the receiving is a bonus.

September 14, 2010 – submitted by Martin, United Kingdom
Q. Hello Oracle, My question is this: How do the crew manage to dismantle a full stage from one venue in one city and take it all the way to another many miles away on the days of consecutive concerts? After reading that it takes until the early hours of the following morning just to dismantle a stage I cannot see how it can then be transported to another venue and set up, and then have the band sound check before the actual concert. It seems impossible so could you please clear this up for me :)
The Oracle replies:
There’s no pulling the wool over your eyes is there Martin? There are in fact two crews and two stages; as one stage is being dismantled the other is being built. They obviously alternate with the “advance team” starting ahead.

September 14, 2010 – submitted by Shayan, Canada
Q. Hello Oracle, I recently read that you said Will had tickets to a Mumford and Sons concert (I really like them) I was just wondering how, like Will Champion would attend a concert without being bombarded by hundreds of people? I’ve been very curious for a while actually.
The Oracle replies:
As with most bands it’s usually the singer who gets most attention so Will, Guy & Jonny can usually attend gigs without much fuss. Generally people who do recognise them are very respectful of their free time and personal space so they don’t get bombarded.

September 14, 2010 – submitted by Leonhard, Austria
Q. Hello, You said that they have not played Trouble live for a long time, but they played it last year at Wembley (Acoustic Version) absolute fantastic. I wanted to ask you which are Chris Martin’s favourite Coldplay songs? Thanks, Leonhard. P.S. Mine are Politik, What If, Gravity and Ladder to the Sun (Why has that never been released?)
The Oracle replies:
Pay attention Leonhard or I will issue you with a detention! The question was not about Trouble… I have personally heard Chris talk about Politik more than any other track and it’s definitely up there in his favourites. It’s hard to know the rest as they change from time to time but what they’re working on right now I’d say. p.s. They can’t release everything!

September 13, 2010 – submitted by Dan, United States of America
Q. I have a couple questions concerning one Coldplay song. 1) Was the Trouble single version of Brothers and Sisters originally recorded with the intention of putting it on Parachutes? *AND* 2) When was the last time ANY version of the song was played live / Why hasn’t it been played since? **This is why I ask** : I can’t help but think that the band hasn’t played it live in a long time because the single peaked at #107 on the UK Singles Chart, and as a result, they didn’t think it was good enough. :( (I hope that’s not what they really thought). But considering that they were not very well known at the time when the single was released, I think that’s a rather unfair judgment to pass on the song (which, by the way, is an extremely epic song). Very much obliged, Dan The Coldplay Fan. PS The best version is the live version (27/10/99) because you can really feel the energy of the band through the music in the live recording. That’s precisely why I’m hoping and begging that they’ll play it live again when they go back on tour.
The Oracle replies:
No it wasn’t; it had already been released – as you know – so it wasn’t a contender. The original release was such a low key/limited release that it wasn’t likely to chart highly and that was not the purpose of the single. It hasn’t been played for such a long time (tbc?) but that has nothing to do with sales results more that to be honest the song doesn’t really fit in the set as many of their other older songs do.

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