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    Coldplay's Oracle answers questions on Hard-Fi, Liam Gallagher and James Blunt

    oracle.jpgMore questions answered by The Oracle... (over 1700 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    November 8, 2010 - submitted by Danny, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle! I am curious about one remix of Coldplay. I found a version of Yellow called the Alpha Remix. Did Coldplay help create this song or is it an independent song from a DJ (such as Junkie XL)? Thanks and hope your October is going well!

    The Oracle replies:

    Well I guess the whole point of a remix is that someone takes a song and puts their spin on it so the band don't get involved in the process. Please note that in my eyes Coldplay did help to "create" it as they wrote the original and that is the fundamental part; a remix is an alternative version so I wouldn't refer to it as "independent". Bands don't necessarily commission remixes by the way. There have been a few mixes that the band have really liked and gone on to use such as the Yellow Alpha remix (appeared on the Mince Spies CD) and the Thin White Duke remix of Viva la Vida (used as a musical interlude on the last tour).

    November 8, 2010 - submitted by Gijs, Netherlands

    Q. Dear Oracle, How do you feel about the comeback of James Blunt after two years of absolute silence? How do you feel about comebacks of artists in general? Thank you :)

    The Oracle replies:

    Erm two years silence? Isn't that just what artists do between albums? It's not a comeback is it? Sorry that's more questions than you asked! I must admit to be being more of a fan of Mr. Blunt's sense of humour than his music. I was lucky enough to see Jarvis Cocker (of Pulp) lecture on the role of lyrics. A highlight for me was him pointing out the absurdity in the lyrics for

    . It starts with "My life is brilliant" which is fair enough but watch out for him having a plan and then never telling us what it is as he realizes that he will never be with her. Genius! Ah so back to the questions, I have no feelings at all as to the release of his new material but it was worth sharing the wit of Jarvis. I'm not a fan of bona fide comebacks if the act in question isn't coming back with good quality music. I don't find comebacks offensive but I'd rather there be room for new, exciting artists and leave the past where it is. I'm all for nostalgia but I could do without Boyzone popping back up but at least I can laugh at how ridiculous that name seems now!


    November 8, 2010 - submitted by Christoph, Germany

    Q. Dear Oracle, am I the only one who absolutely looooves Square One?! I think its a beautiful tune with a powerful message, but not many people take it into their consideration while discussing Coldplay's best songs. What do you think about Square One?

    The Oracle replies:

    Just as Politik did on the previous album, Square one did on X&Y; they both gave their albums the most epic beginning! I absolutely LOVE Square One and when I got taken for a spin in a new car that was the song I put on the stereo to test its speakers. Awesome! I remember hearing it for the first time and love everything from the intro to the middle eight to the crescendo and the ending with a softer climax. Spine tingling stuff.


    November 5, 2010 - submitted by Christian, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, Is the puppet at 3:14-3:15 of the Life in Technicolor ii Music video the mysterious fifth band member I've heard about and exactly who is he?

    The Oracle replies:

    There is no mysterious fifth band member; that's about the only thing that's not a secret around these parts! Phil Harvey is the 5th band member and although he does appear in human form in this

    around the 1'56 and 3'03 marks, the puppet is just representing a crew member but bearing no resemblance to any living member of it.


    November 5, 2010 - submitted by Helmut, Austria

    Q. Hi, you have been asked during the time being an Oracle often about having heard alrady this or that new album released of any bands and you almost always answered yes, you have heard it already even before it was opened for folks. Now I aks you, since Beady Eye is supposed to delivery very soon their first album - have you been able to touch those songs already? What do you think of it?

    Thanks, Helmut

    The Oracle replies:

    I was also asked a while back what Beady Eye means. First I should explain for those who may not know that it's the name Liam Gallagher chose for his post Oasis band. To use the phrase in context, some might say (sorry, I couldn't resist) that someone has their beady eye on us; beady eye just means to keep a close watch. It gets its name from the gleaming nature of beads. I often think of birds seeming to stare intently with their bead like eyes. Anyway, I haven't heard Liam's Beady Eye yet but have heard reports. They've been mixed but I prefer to reserve any judgement for myself until I listen to it - as I do with all things.


    November 5, 2010 - submitted by Colin, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, What do you think of the up and coming English band; Hard-Fi and their hit single, Hard to Beat? Colin

    The Oracle replies:

    Up and coming? Gosh Colin these boys have been around for over half a decade! In fact, I knew of the band when they had a different name and a record deal under that name. They have actually been making music for a very long time; well over ten years. Hard To Beat was released in 2005... Oh and in answer to your other question (Colin is a regular asker people), I'm afraid we don't have internships or job availabilities during the summer, sorry! They're great guys with some top tunes so let's hope they do come back with a great third album.




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