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    The Oracle: Coldplay signed to Parlophone because of Radiohead and The Beatles

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    November 7, 2008 - submitted by Hamilton, United States of America

    Q. Is it a coincidence that the three best bands ever all were(are) signed to Capitol Records? Pink Floyd -Beatles -Coldplay…or did Coldplay hold out for Capitol due to the fact that Floyd and the moptops were on it?

    The Oracle replies:

    Well, all being British bands we prefer to say they are signed to EMI (which goes through Capitol in the States). Bands can’t hold out for labels, as that’s not their position in the process. That said Coldplay always wanted to sign to Parlophone (part of EMI) more due to the fact that Radiohead were signed there but some part down to the Beatles. Although fans of Pink Floyd they weren’t as high up on the list.

    November 7, 2008 - submitted by Tyler, United States of America

    Q. Dear oracle, as an avid fan of coldplay i come on here every single day.

    first, what is the remix of viva la vida that was played after the acoustic bit in boston? it was fantastic and id love to buy it! second, where can i but those bracelets sold at concerts (the ones i see chris wearing). i really want some and couldnt get any at the last concert due to an empty wallet. id love to support the cause! please answer one of coldplays biggest fans [im obsessed XD ]

    The Oracle replies:

    It’s a remix of Viva la Vida by Thin White Duke (aka Stuart Price). There are no current plans to release it commercially though.The bracelets are to raise money specifically for the children of the Dafur crisis and as you say they can be bought at the shows and also here.


    November 7, 2008 - submitted by fika, Singapore

    Q. Dear O, I’m really sad. Few years ago my mum gave her wedding dress to a friend of hers from the village to wear for her wedding. Not borrow, but gave. She ended up not wearing because it was “too pretty”. I’m still upset that she gave her wedding dress to someone else while she has 3 daughters! Is it wrong to feel upset? I just thought a tradition could be made from it, you know.

    The Oracle replies:

    Maybe it still can. I totally understand how upsetting this is for you and your sisters but perhaps your Mum thought rather than give it to one daughter over another it would be fairer to give it to a friend. Or maybe she didn’t think you’d want it? Or maybe she didn’t think the 3rd sister to get married, if that’s the path they choose, would want to? Whatever her reasons it was her dress to give but that doesn’t mean to say that you couldn’t approach her friend and ask if it’s possible for you to wear it if that’s what you wish. Bearing in mind she may refuse but it’s worth a try. If you feel strongly about it perhaps talk to your Mother and then you’ll have some closure. Who knows, your Mum may ask for it back given that it wasn’t worn for the intention behind the gift…


    November 7, 2008 - submitted by Jaime, United States of America

    Q. Okay Oracle, this has confused me for quite some time. I was going to print out a paper for all of the Viva La Vida lyrics to get ready for Coldplay’s concert which is in 3 weeks for me. Now there’s one line in Cemeteries of London which is really confusing me. The line that starts ‘ So we rode down to the river… ‘

    How does it end?

    a) …where the toiling ghosts lay

    b) …where the toiling ghosts strain

    c) …where the toiling ghosts stay

    d) …where the Victorian ghosts lay?


    e) none of the above?

    The Oracle replies:

    “So we rode down to the river

    Where Victorian ghosts pray”



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