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    Coldplay's Oracle on the importance of song order for albums

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    July 21, 2010 - submitted by Zach, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle! I was listening to the album Parachutes yesterday and realized that the songs seem to go in an order that just... fits. And it's the same for almost every other musical album. So, my question is, during some point of production, do either the band or a highly trained group of putting-music-into-order people select which order the songs go in? Or is it all just done chronologically? I wouldn't think it's chronological, because if memory serves, Yellow was the last song to be written for Parachutes...maybe? Anyway, thanks in advance!

    The Oracle replies:

    It's not based on when songs were chronologically written. Choosing the song order on an album can sometimes be a very stressful decision making time; it's very important to get it right. You need the album's opener to really set the tone of the record and there needs to be a conclusion. It's amazing how weird albums can sound if the order isn't right. Let me share an example... Back in 2004 Youth Group released their album Skeleton Jar on an independent label in Australia called Ivy League Records. A while later the band got signed to Epitaph/ANTI in the States and label boss Brett Gurewitz completely changed its running order before they re-released it. If you listen to that version of the album it sounds so much better. Usually it's band, management and label that will have some input as well as the producer.

    July 21, 2010 - submitted by Laure, France

    Q. Do the band recognize some fans who come to all of their shows? Like me in Paris since 2005. I'm all the time in front of Guy 1st or 2nd row.

    The Oracle replies:

    Absolutely! It's amazing how many faces you get to recognize time after time from seeing them on the front row. Last year there was a number one fan who sadly died in a tragic accident. Her name was Jennifer but we knew her as Nettie as did so many bands and artists. It's just over a year ago now but she's not forgotten but missed from that front row...


    July 21, 2010 - submitted by Abbey, United States of America

    Q. Greetings from Cali Oracle!! I was just wondering if any of the boys in the band are fans of Kings Of Leon... Yes? No? What about you?? I recommend you check them out live if you haven't already..

    The Oracle replies:

    Yes, I've mentioned before that Chris is a fan though he took longer to catch on than myself. I saw them in May 2003 in a 200 capacity venue and have seen them around 6 other times since but I have to confess the sight of everyone going crazy in an arena to Sex Is On Fire in 2008 was the last time I saw them; I felt I had lost that special feeling I got from all the earlier smaller places. Plus the first 3 albums were better than the fourth for me. Let's see what the fifth holds...


    July 20, 2010 - submitted by Indraja, United States of America

    Q. If the members of Coldplay were sorted into the houses at Hogwarts (from the Harry Potter series), which house would each member be in?

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm going to put them each into separate houses: Chris in Hufflepuff, Will in Gryffindor, Jonny in Ravenclaw and Guy in Slytherin. You can sort yourself if you like...


    July 20, 2010 - submitted by Eddie, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, I need your help. I have a friend (who is a girl) and I like her and I told her so. A couple weeks later she finally told me that she doesn't feel the same way about me. I'm pretty upset now, but should I get over her and embrace our friendship? Or should I keep on trying to win her heart? Please help me oracle!

    The Oracle replies:

    I think you did the right thing by telling her even though you are rightly upset right now but it's not as easy as just deciding to get over her. That may take a while but in the meantime try and stay the same as you always have with her so the friendship doesn't become awkward now that she does know. Don't try to win her heart; if that's going to happen it just will. You never know in time her feelings may change but don't hold onto that thought just - as you say - embrace your friendship.


    July 19, 2010 - submitted by Lucas, Brazil

    Q. Is it possible to find all the singles on sale? I'd like to have them, but I can't find them here in Brazil. What about you (Coldplay) release a collection with the singles from each album? In the case of Parachutes, for example, you release a box including the singles Yellow, Trouble...

    The Oracle replies:

    You should be able to find most/all the band's singles online if not the physical cd/vinyl etc. There was an official target="_blank">box set of singles released but there's no further plans to do anything similar. No offence but it doesn't make sense to me to release singles per album as one collection... Greatest Hits are a great way to get all singles of one artist on one release but as you know, there isn't a Coldplay one.


    July 19, 2010 - submitted by Will, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle I have question I hope you will answer. The girl of my dreams left me the other day and she is the one who brought Coldplay into my life we even went to their show in Hartford ct. Last year (which may Iadd was the greatest night of my life) and everytime I listen to Coldplay I feel so many emotions and I have to stop. Will I ever be able to listen to one of my favorite bands like I used to?

    The Oracle replies:

    Honestly? Yes. It may take some time and it may hurt like hell when you do hear them but it might actually help with your healing process. If not, take a break from certain songs and come back to them later when you feel stronger. It's ok to feel sad at a time like this but don't listen to them if it becomes a self-torture. Some time in the future you will be able to smile about the memories those songs hold for you even if a tinge of sadness remains you will move on with your life I promise you.





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