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For now treat yourself with this Christmas cracker filled with Coldplay songs to suit the season! Info courtesy of WikiColdplay.com
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Released in a promotional Best Buy Holiday disc, Sweet Treats, in 2003, which includes Christmas songs from artists Seal, Jewel, Chris Botti, and Sting. It features Chris Martin on piano and vocal, the normal staple for a Coldplay song. It is a cover of The Pretenders song “2000 Miles” released back in 1984 on their Learning To Crawl album with a few pronoun chanes in the lyrics.
Chris recorded this whilst on tour in the U.S – in New York I seem to recall. For those who haven’t heard it, it’s a beauty.
Christmas Lights was a song written by Coldplay in time for Christmas 2010. Described by the band, the song will be “in the key of G”, before adding that it is a “mid-tempo number”.
A few days before releasing a new single called “Christmas Lights”, Coldplay braved the cold weather to film its music video at the South Bank of River Thames in London. They are seen performing the song on a small theater-inspired stage with red velvet curtains.
Several Elvis Presley impersonators play violins (including Phil Harvey and Simon Pegg), and a boat full of Coldplaying members holding colorful balloons and singing the song in a choir-like fashion was floating on the river. “The idea for the video was like a magical, surreal theater show with loads of tricks packed in,” frontman Chris Martin said.
The band also invited one hundred lucky fans to be part of the video and sing a small portion of their new song. The loyal one hundred flew to London from all over the globe for this special boat trip across the River Thames and an exclusive first listen to the much anticipated new track from Coldplay. The devoted fans gladly braved the blistery winter chill on the outdoor boat deck holding balloons in the air which were to be released whilst singing in a choir-like fashion.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Mince Spies (2001, released only to the pre-Parachutes Coldplay fan club), consists of a cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and a remix of “Yellow”, limited to 1000 copies worldwide.
January 7, 2009 – submitted by Daan, United Kingdom
Q. Happy New Year, Oracle!
I am embroiled in an imbroglio; exactly which version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” did Coldplay record for the limited edition EP Mince Spies, back in 2001? Was it the one that you have on the time line on this site, which is also the one that was recently (re-)aired, and put up for download, by Radio 1, who said Chris had come especially to record it in their studio, or is it the version where Chris says at the beginning of it “This is take 4 of Have yourself a merry christmas, just for *something sounding like “Kay”* Rock, Los Angeles. Ready?”, which is also the version to be found on Youtube, adorned by a cover of the EP, when you search for “Coldplay have yourself a merry little christmas”?
I know I have a habit of writing criminally long sentences. Apologies.
The Oracle replies:
It was the former version you mention. Recorded for a radio 1 Christmas show session that appeared on the Mince Spies CD. The latter was a recording for an American radio station KROQ.
Coldplay have played White Christmas multiple times at different concerts and shows throughout the year. In fact, they performed a version of it at the BBC Radio 1 Show in Hackney this month. However the camera's had turned off at that point and Chris played a quite "giggly" version of it! Oxfam also released an exclusive video from Coldplay live in Berlin on 21st December 2011 to celebrate thousands of fans joining the GROW food justice campaign on the December leg of the Mylo Xyloto tour.
Coldplay's famous Christmas video messages only lasted a few years and while they did The band usually got up to some crazy antics. However in 2007 they gave fans an acoustic version of Wham's Last Christmas. Those Jonny fans out there will love this video as it features Jonny's majestic moustache and cap while playing "some tambourine thing!"
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 20
Band Aid 20 was the 2004 incarnation of the charity group Band Aid. The group, which included Daniel Bedingfield, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Bono of U2, and Paul McCartney, re-recorded the 1984 song "Do They Know It's Christmas?", written by Band Aid organisers Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. The song was recorded on 14 November 2004, to benefit Sudan's troubled Darfur region, and was released that same month. The single became the UK's biggest seller of 2004 as well as the Christmas number one.
Do They Know It's Christmas - Band Aid 30
Band Aid 30 is the 2014 incarnation of the charity supergroup Band Aid. The group was announced on 10 November 2014 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, with Geldof stating that he took the step after the United Nations had contacted him, saying help was urgently needed to prevent the 2014 Ebola crisis in Western Africa spreading throughout the world. As in previous incarnations, the group covered the track "Do They Know It's Christmas?", written in 1984 by Geldof and Ure, this time to raise money towards the Ebola crisis in Western Africa. The track has re-tweaked lyrics to reflect the current Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa with all proceeds going towards battling what Geldof described as a "particularly pernicious illness because it renders humans untouchable and that is sickening".
The song was recorded by some of the biggest-selling current British and Irish pop acts, including One Direction, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora. Bastille and Guy Garvey of Mercury prize-winningband Elbow were also on board, along with Chris Martin (Coldplay) and Bono (U2)—the third time he has contributed to a Band Aid recording.