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    Coldplay's Oracle on '5th, 6th & 7th' band members, Chris in Italy rumours, Car Kids, going Dutch and more...

    More questions answered by The Oracle... (circa. 3700 questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    February 7, 2013 - submitted by Craig Pattison, United Kingdom

    Q. Hey Oracle! So, I came across this. Have you ever heard this version before?! It's really beautiful!!! My question, where and when is this from? I know the first verse and chorus is how they played it on the more recent MX tour shows, but I never knew there was this full studio version! It's amazing, thank you. :-)) Craig

    The Oracle replies:

    There are a few acoustic versions of Yellow and not just live. The first studio version was given away via a newspaper back in 2000. It was from a radio session. This version you love is from the Every Mother Counts compilation. A beautiful version for a great cause.



    February 7, 2013 - submitted by Lola, Italy

    Q. Dear Oracle, For the first time we have the occasion to reveal a good news before the journalists. Is real that Chris will participate, as special guest, to 63 edition of Festival di Sanremo 2013 in Italy next week? Please give to Italian fans the good news.

    The Oracle replies:

    Not that I know of; I think that is just a rumour.


    February 7, 2013 - submitted by Marie, France

    Q. Dear Oracle, This week, my Mum bought me the Coldplay Live 2012, and when she saw the 2003 DVD, she bought it too... But now I've got a big, big problem : which one should I watch first ? (I can't watch both at the same time :/ ) Greetings from France, Marie

    The Oracle replies:

    Watch the 2003 show first; makes sense to watch them chronologically.


    February 6, 2013 - submitted by Elliott L, United Kingdom

    Q. Oh, Mighty Oracle :) I was wondering if Chris has been noticed when recording videos like Fix You when he was in the back alleys and The Scientist when he was walking down the high street. I'm sure there must be people who are Coldplay fans and would want to meet him if they saw him in the street. Thanks. PS Hey from UK.

    The Oracle replies:

    I'm intrigued by your "hey from the UK" - I'm in the UK too... Anyway, to business. Video shoots are normally a closed set so there's not generally people there who aren't meant to be if you know what I mean. People in videos are usually extras rather than random folk in the background too. There are some occasions where that's not possible like the London Underground scenes in Paradise. Also Fix You as you mentioned, but that was shot at night and nobody was around. The public are very respectful when filming is taking place and tend not to approach. Maybe they just feel it wouldn't be appropriate timing but who knows? I do know that many people were so surprised to see Chris in an elephant suit that they didn't quite believe it was him!


    February 6, 2013 - submitted by Justin, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, I just heard a new song by Maroon 5 called Daylight, sound familiar, the title? How is this possible? I figured some songs have the same name, but don't musicians check and stuff? Was curious about this for other songs too. Thanks. Justin.

    The Oracle replies:

    You can't copyright a song title and it's not something anyone would have to check so assume they don't.

    Daylight is after all something common unlike Cannonball for example which has been the title for 3 songs that I know of. As you say some songs have the same name, so why not this one?


    February 5, 2013 - submitted by Billy, United States of America

    Q. Greetings Oracle, Has Coldplay ever played any of their songs that they recorded as demos? If not will they? I would love to hear some songs from the Viva la Vida demos live! Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    Yes, they have. This is in no way meant to be a definitive guide but off the top of my head here are a few including their varying stages of demo life... They played Vitamins and So Sad in the very early days - these songs were committed to tape only. Ode to Deodorant was also performed yet remained as a demo. In My Place was conceived & performed long before recording for AROBTTH actually started. It was of course eventually released officially but was a problematic song to get right due to how long it had been floating around in their live repertoire. Murder and Animals were played live and although at first intended for AROBTTH, eventually became b-sides (there are a few examples of this, such as No More Keeping My Feet On The Ground). Ladder to the Sun and Idiot didn't make the album or b-sides but were performed. Sweet Marianne and Don Quixote/Spanish Rain also spring to mind as tracks played live but never recorded. Chris has performed Bucket For A Crown & Wedding Bells too and neither of those have appeared anywhere officially.


    February 5, 2013 - submitted by Amy, United Kingdom

    Q. If you said there were 5th, 6th and 7th members of Coldplay as well then which 3 people would you say would be 5th, 6th and 7th?? Would it be someone already part of the crew or a well known friend?! Just wondering as I would find it difficult to choose :) Thank you! Amy x

    The Oracle replies:

    The first person for position #6 would possibly be Simon Pegg simply for the reason that before Phil was referred to as the band's 5th member, Simon was often called that due to him performing with them a couple of times. No, seriously I would find it difficult to choose. I think the band would as well to be honest.

    There are so many people who have had / still have a valuable role with Coldplay. Some have been around for such a long time too. It's a really tricky hypothetical to get my head around. If I was forced to pick (& this is my own view of course), I'm choosing Tim Crompton, Dan Green and Roadie #42 for having been there from the start and outstanding contribution - or something like that!


    February 4, 2013 - submitted by David, Canada

    Q. Now that Clocks is number one on 6 Music's Greatest Hit, what does Will think about it since at first he thought it was rubbish, like he said in the Q&A part many years back on the Nissan Live sets by Yahoo.

    The Oracle replies:

    Luckily for you, Will popped in to chat about that with Steve Lamacq when they announced the winner of the vote.


    February 4, 2013 - submitted by Grace, Australia

    Q. Hi beautiful Oracle, I was wondering is this the original version of The Scientist, that Chris took a month of to practice backwards? Thank-you almighty Oracle Xx

    The Oracle replies:

    No, Grace. The person that posted that is being sarcastic (a sense of humour regular readers of The Oracle will recognize). What you hear is simply The Scientist reversed. The video was shot forwards but then reversed. This is a version of the original video matched with the song in reverse thus showing that Chris did indeed sing it backwards in the original filming. It did take him about a month to learn but there were a few (backwards) lyrics written on boards in case he needed them for reference.


    January 31, 2013 - submitted by Fabian, United Kingdom

    Q. Hey, I was at a wedding at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush in London, and on the list of events held/filmed at Bush Hall, it said Coldplay, could you please tell me what Coldplay used the venue for?

    The Oracle replies:

    I have to say I am struggling to recall any time that the band have ever played Bush Hall because as far as I am aware they haven't! Unless there was a private function, event, ceremony, video etc. I am unaware of. They have definitely played at Shepherd's Bush Empire around the corner more than once.


    January 31, 2013 - submitted by Rick W, United States of America

    Q. In the alternate video for Viva La Vida made by Anton Corbijn, it looks like the beach Chris walks onto around 2:36 is the same one he walked on in the music video for Yellow. Is this really the case?

    The Oracle replies:

    Nope, there was only ever the one video visit to Dorset's Studland Bay.


    January 31, 2013 - submitted by Carolyn B, United States of America

    Q. Oh wise Oracle, I have a question of etiquette to pose to you. My boyfriend and I are both HUGE Coldplay fans (saw the MX tour from the floor and will never ever forget it), so we would have the utmost confidence in whatever guidance you can provide. We are in the unusual situation of sharing the same birthday - February 2 - and while we both find this fact extremely amusing, as the first shared Birthday of our relationship nears, we are faced with a problem: who buys the birthday dinner? Should we just flip a coin, or do you have a more creative solution to offer? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    Following on from yesterday's coin flipping theme... heads or tails? Why don't you just go Dutch? If you split the bill equally it may feel rather unromantic so if you don't fancy that, how about you pay for his share and he pays for yours?


    January 30, 2013 - submitted by Paul,

    Q. Hi Oracle, The Scientist is my favorite song and has been for years and years and years. I always wondered what the lyrics "Coming up tales" meant, and I had a thought today: is he referring to "coming of age tales" or something of that sort? Is he saying that he is growing up or something? Thanks

    The Oracle replies:

    It's the other tails; not tales. It's not the rear end of an animal's body either. "Coming up tails" refers to heads or tails. It's the flip of a coin which also explains the next line of the song - "heads on a science apart".


    January 30, 2013 - submitted by Mia, United States of America

    Q. Dear amazing, great, respectable, all-knowing Oracle, In the interview with Paris, it said that the boys were reading some books about graffiti. I was just wondering, what graffiti books they were reading? And do you know any good books about graffiti to read? Love, Mia

    The Oracle replies:

    There were quite a lot of different books in the studio around that time about varying styles of graffiti but I'm not sure which they favoured. I'll try and get the names of some the next time I'm in the Bakery but off the top of my head, no particular titles stand out.


    January 30, 2013 - submitted by Polly, United Kingdom

    Q. Does it take strength to the stop tears or courage to keep you're feelings real and let your eyes flood away?

    The Oracle replies:

    Better out than in, I alway say. I can't generalise too much as some people find it easy to cry so won't claim it as a brave process. Whether one chooses to cry openly or privately is up to the individual but I find it an essential part of emotional maintenance. I think it's vital to let tears out as I feel it can be detrimental and unhealthy suppressing them. If you're having trouble expressing that side of your nature, maybe watch a sad film, listen to a melancholy song or read something tragic. It may help the floodgates to open.


    January 30, 2013 - submitted by Stephanie,

    Q. O wise Oracle, could you please enlighten me, is there going to be any chance of seeing a song called Car Kids in the near future, or an EP album (much like Prospekt March). Thank you.

    The Oracle replies:

    There will not be a follow on E.P like Prospekt's March and as far as I know, there is no plan to ever release Car Kids - or any other songs that didn't make the album.


    January 29, 2013 - submitted by Charl, United Kingdom

    Q. Hi Oracle, I was just wondering if Coldplay ever considered sing 'para para paralympics' instead of Paradise at the amazing London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony?

    The Oracle replies:

    No. Though Michael McIntyre* definitely thought they would. *Around the 8 minute mark.


    Latest photos - of Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland with Coldplayer yellow***star at the Bakery, London (uploaded 3rd February 2013):
























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