Merry Christmas from Coldplaying!
Coldplaying.com would like to wish all our visitors and members a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year for 2019.
The first half of 2018 was quiet for Coldplaying but with the announcement of the A Head Full of Dreams Film and the live album, it felt like old times again! We were lucky enough to interview Mat Whitecross this year and our Twitter and Instagram saw a huge increase in followers. The site saw a slight redesign that made the homepage a lot more pleasing and easy to access. We have finally sorted out the backend for the Coldplay Downloads page and launched it in beta this year. We are hoping to upload more and more concerts and multimedia in 2019!
For now treat yourself with this Christmas cracker filled with Coldplay songs to suit the season!
Merry Christmas from Stephen and the amazing Coldplaying Team!
This masterpiece was released in December 2003 as part of Best Buy’s “Sweet Treats” promotional holiday disc and re-released on streaming platforms last year. Chris recorded this whilst on tour in New York. The track is a cover of ‘The Pretenders’ song ‘2000 Miles’ released back in 1984 on their Learning To Crawl album with a few pronoun changes in the lyrics.
“We love Christmas songs but everytime we try and write one it’s awful so we often cover them well once or twice actually. In fact, the song I would most like to have written is Fairytale of New York by de bloody Pogues of Ireland” – Chris Martin
The world famous “Christmas Lights” track was released on December 1st 2010 as a digital download. Described by the band as “a mid-tempo number” in the key of G major, the song was released to very positive reviews.
A few days before releasing a new single called “Christmas Lights”, Coldplay braved the cold weather to film its music video at the South Bank of River Thames in London. They are seen performing the song on a small theatre-inspired stage with red velvet curtains.
Several Elvis Presley impersonators play the violin (including Phil Harvey and Simon Pegg), and a boat full of Coldplaying members holding colourful balloons and singing the song in a choir-like fashion was floating on the river. “The idea for the video was like a magical, surreal theater show with loads of tricks packed in,” frontman Chris Martin said.
The band also invited one hundred lucky fans to be part of the video and sing a small portion of their new song. The loyal one hundred flew to London from all over the globe for this special boat trip across the River Thames and an exclusive first listen to the much anticipated new track from Coldplay. The devoted fans gladly braved the blistery winter chill on the outdoor boat deck holding balloons in the air which were to be released whilst singing in a choir-like fashion.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Mince Spies (2001, released only to the Coldplay fan club), consists of a cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and a remix of “Yellow”, limited to 1000 copies worldwide. 16 years later, the track was finally released to the masses on streaming platforms worldwide.
The track was recorded for Jo Wiley’s BBC Radio 1 session. It would be some years before Coldplay attempted their own Christmas song, but this was certainly very good training…
Coldplay has played “White Christmas” multiple times at different concerts and shows throughout the year. Perhaps the best version is from Coldplay’s show in Berlin on 21st December 2011. Oxfam released the video to celebrate thousands of fans joining the GROW food justice campaign on the December leg of the Mylo Xyloto tour.
Coldplay’s famous Christmas video messages only lasted a few years but while they did, the band usually got up to some crazy antics. In 2007 they gave fans an acoustic version of Wham’s Last Christmas. Those Jonny fans out there will love this video as it features Jonny’s majestic moustache and cap while playing “some tambourine thing!”
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid 20
Band Aid 20 was the 2004 incarnation of the charity group Band Aid. The group, which included Daniel Bedingfield, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Bono of U2, and Paul McCartney, re-recorded the 1984 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, written by Band Aid organisers Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The song was recorded on 14 November 2004, to benefit Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, and was released that same month. The single became the UK’s biggest seller of 2004 as well as the Christmas number one.
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid 30
Band Aid 30 is the 2014 incarnation of the charity supergroup Band Aid. The group was announced on 10 November 2014 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, with Geldof stating that he took the step after the United Nations had contacted him, saying help was urgently needed to prevent the 2014 Ebola crisis in Western Africa spreading throughout the world. As in previous incarnations, the group covered the track “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, written in 1984 by Geldof and Ure, this time to raise money towards the Ebola crisis in Western Africa. The track has re-tweaked lyrics to reflect the current Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa with all proceeds going towards battling what Geldof described as a “particularly pernicious illness because it renders humans untouchable and that is sickening”.
The song was recorded by some of the biggest-selling current British and Irish pop acts, including One Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora. Bastille and Guy Garvey of Mercury prize-winning band Elbow were also on board, along with Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Bono (U2)—the third time he has contributed to a Band Aid recording.
A Ghost/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
A ghost was played once by Chris Martin on American radio station KCRW on 10 December 2001. The song was intended for A Rush of Blood to the Head but trashed. Although the track isn’t seen as “Christmassy”, it does transition into Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas which puts it on our list!
Gold in Them Hills
This is one of those unintentionally Christmas sounding tracks that fit in perfectly to this list. This collaboration between Ron Sexsmith and Chris Martin came about in 2002.
“Chris was asking Ron all kinds of questions because Ron was one of his songwriting heroes, and Ron mentioned that he writes a lot of songs at the laundromat. Chris asked, ‘Don’t you have a washing machine at your house?’ Ron replied, ‘I don’t have a house. I rent an apartment; I can’t afford a house.’ And Chris Martin looked like he was going to faint.”
Christmas With The Kangaroos
While on tour in Australia in 2016, Chris wrote a Christmas track in his dressing room before the show. Written solely around Christmas in Australia, the crowd seemed to adore the track, cheering after every lyric sung!