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    Have Coldplay lost their touch? The Oracle responds...

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    June 9, 2011 - submitted by Daniel, Canada

    Q. Dear Oracle, I really need to know, have Coldplay lost their touch? I know that they've collaborated with Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson to write Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, but do they now need to rely on other people writing their music for them? Is this the direction the band is headed?

    The Oracle replies:

    Er, Peter Allen is dead so that's impossible! There has been NO collaboration. I don't think people are quite understanding the song's composition. To clarify: Chris was inspired to write Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall after hearing some chords in a nightclub scene in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's film Biutiful (2010).

    The chords in the film are part of a track that is based on I Go To Rio written by Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson, released by Peter Allen in 1976. If you look at a clip on YouTube you'll hear the chords for yourself. As for other people asking if Ritmo de la Noche by The Sacados should also be credited the answer is "no". Firstly, that is a cover of Chocolate's song by the same name who sampled I Go To Rio. Secondly, they both came later in 1990 so hopefully they should have credited Peter & Adrienne.

    June 9, 2011 - submitted by Nick, United States of America

    Q. Dear All-Knowing Oracle, Is there any chance that the band might officially release the alternate mix of The Escapist that plays over the end credits of the film The Escapist? Possibly as a free download for their fans? (Hint hint).

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm afraid that's not likely. We're moving forward with the new album campaign you see. I thought I'd ask Jon Hopkins to give more info on its existence: "That version of The Escapist actually only appears at the end of the film. It is a different, longer version which was how it originally sounded. I wrote it with Chris in LA back in 2007. I mixed it in surround sound at Air later that year. We then trimmed it down for the album version, and Rik and I mixed it to normal stereo."




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