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    Coldplay's Oracle dispels rumours of the origin of 'Yellow'

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    August 11, 2010 - submitted by Svenky, France

    Q. Hi Oracle ! It's true or not? From twitter: "Chris Martin wrote the song Yellow after a family holiday to Osaka in 1996". Thank You, Sven

    The Oracle replies:

    Yellow wasn't written until 1999 so no that's not at all true. There wasn't a family holiday in Osaka either! The twitter page you saw will have absolutely no connection to anyone in the band so is not a trusted source of information. God only knows where people get some of this stuff from in the first place...August 11, 2010 - submitted by Jim, United Kingdom

    Q. Oracle, A while back you answered a question about Chris not playing the guitar on Yellow in Live 2003. Why did he not want to play? And do the technicians/backstage people play some instruments that the band can't/don't want to play? Also, do you think Chris Martin looks a bit like Formula 1 driver Jenson Button, or is it just me?! Jim

    The Oracle replies:

    At that time Chris wanted to do something different during the song to make it more interesting for the audience and for himself. It was decided that Matt McGinn would play the guitar part on that tour but generally speaking the techs don't play instruments; the band do. There are occasions where backing tracks are used for instance, the introduction to Life in Technicolor... You're not the only one to comment on a similarity between Chris and Jenson but although I see why people say that, I don't really think it's a great likeness.


    August 10, 2010 - submitted by Allie, United States of America

    Q. Did Jonny specifically choose the same black top hat as Sherlock Holmes in the Christmas Message 2006 because of his liking for the book/movie? Thanks

    The Oracle replies:

    The idea behind the hats was initially inspired by The Christmas Carol look so it wasn't anything to do with Sherlock at all.


    August 10, 2010 - submitted by Kate, United States of America

    Q. Oracle, can you help me please? I just started dating this guy a couple months ago. He's like so perfect. Anyway, he just got out of a really, really serious relationship. Everyone thinks I'm just the rebound. He says it's serious. How do I know if I'm just a rebound or if it's more than a fling?

    The Oracle replies:

    Many people do go from one relationship straight into another and for some it's not a problem. It can depend on many factors whether it works in the long term. It's for you to decide not me or your friends but be wary; he may still have some issues from his previous relationship. Take it slowly and see how things go but ultimately look after yourself and if you ever feel that it's not right, do what's best for you.


    August 9, 2010 - submitted by Rose, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, What is the name of The Simpsons episode where Coldplay appeared? :)

    The Oracle replies:

    The 21st season aired the 11th episode - Million Dollar Maybe - in which Coldplay appeared.


    August 9, 2010 - submitted by Teddy, United States of America

    Q. O Oracle, I was wondering who did the cover Parachutes and how they got the effect of the lit spinning globe and such. I was really stunned by the artwork and that was ultimately what compelled to buy the record, which in turn created my lifelong love of Coldplay. Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    It was actually a lamp so the light was already inside the globe. The shutter speed of the camera is key to the actual effect.


    August 9, 2010 - submitted by Bekkane, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle. I'm sixteen and I'm trying to grow up and become more mature. But I have whiney friends and giggly sisters and I'm a sophomore. I'm trying to take responsibility and re invent myself into a smarter, more mature person who can handle my own business (thank you very much) but I don't want to lose my sense of humor or not be able to laugh. Any ideas? Thank you Oracle. I really, really do love Coldplay.

    The Oracle replies:

    I say chill out and enjoy being sixteen. You'll have plenty of situations come up in the future that will require a grown-up seriousness and you may yearn for this time you were 16! You can be responsible of course but you know what, just let maturity come to you, don't try and make it happen any sooner. By the way, getting old does not mean you lose your sense of humour. It's all about suitable behaviour so obviously laughing at an inappropriate time isn't advisable but there's no rule saying you can't have fun past a certain age.




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