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    Coldplay's Oracle on AROBTTH artwork, Idiot studio recording, Will's drumkits and visiting London...

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    April 5, 2012 - submitted by Abby, Philippines

    Q. Dear Oracle, I read a quote from AROBTTH Wikipedia page lately, which says that "For the album's singles, Martin asked Sundsbo what he could do; the latter suggested scanning the head of each member of the band". Then I check out the pictures of the single covers (In My Place, GPASUYF, The Scientist, and Clocks), but I couldn't tell which faces of band members was among what single cover . I could only guess about it. My question is if which head was taken for which single cover? Please Answer. Thanks :) Abby, Philippines

    The Oracle replies:

    Solve Sundsbo's artwork for AROBTTH and its subsequent singles is quite abstract. I do struggle myself to work out the covers for In My Place & Clocks but I have no doubt about Will & Guy's likeness. Here's what I think:

    In My Place - Jonny

    The Scientist - Will

    Clocks - Chris

    GPASUYF - Guy


    April 4, 2012 - submitted by Arthur, Netherlands

    Q. Hi Oracle, Was Idiot ever recorded? If so, do you know where to find it? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    A demo of Idiot was recorded in the latter part of 2001 during the Parr St. recording sessions for A Rush Of Blood to the Head. I know it exists as I do happen to have a CD-R copy but there isn't a CD available for sale anywhere - unless an unofficial, illegal bootleg is floating around that is.

    April 5, 2012 - submitted by Samuel, United Kingdom

    Q. Dear Oracle, What is Steritonin? Everyone mumbles when I ask them... Ta

    The Oracle replies:

    I think you mean serotonin. I don't know why anyone would mumble - maybe they don't know what it is but don't want to say that. It's linked to mood so maybe that could be the reason. Anyway, now you have the correct spelling you can use your preferred search engine to learn more about it.


    April 5, 2012 - submitted by Ellen, Netherlands

    Q. Hi Oracle! I'm going to London next week on the 10th and 11th of April and I am planning on visiting The Bakery then. Is there any chance that the guys will be there during that time? Because if there isn't, I'd rather spend my time discovering London;) Love, Ellen

    The Oracle replies:

    Discover London, they won't be there!


    April 4, 2012 - submitted by Sarah, France

    Q. Hello Oracle! I'm currently looking for an internship. Music is soooo important in my life. I absolutely want to work in the music industry, as a member of the backstage team. Do you have any advice to help me find this internship without having a single contact in the music industry? Thank you a lot!

    The Oracle replies:

    Just go to individual websites of labels for example and they will have a vacancy section where internships are listed. You don't necessarily need contacts to get one.


    April 4, 2012 - submitted by Sara, Spain

    Q. Hello Oracle! ;) I`m going to Madrid's concert,but the problem is that my train arrives to Madrid at 20:30.So my question is; Can I enter during the support's performance? Thank you for your time, Greetings from Spain :)

    The Oracle replies:

    Don't worry Sara, a concert isn't like theatre where you have wait until the intermission to enter if you're late. You can arrive whenever you like.


    April 3, 2012 - submitted by James, Malaysia

    Q. Hello Oracle, I was just wondering about what Paris said in the recent interview. He mentioned doing Will's drumkits for the tours. But in the Glastonbury interview, I thought Will didn't own any drumkits at all. Can you clarify the confusion? Cheers from Malaysia! p.s. When is Coldplay coming here? Massive fans here

    The Oracle replies:

    As Will didn't start off as a drummer, when the band met him he didn't have a kit. Obviously when they play live he is playing "his" drum kit - it's not on loan or anything - but he's never had a kit of his own. Bless him, he obviously sees it as a band purchase but essentially that's what he means about not owning one.


    April 3, 2012 - submitted by Matt, Channel Islands

    Q. Dear Oracle, My wife and I are going to see Coldplay on the 1st of June. First big Stadium gig... very excited. Unfortunately can't get to queue as early as we'd like as our flight doesn't get in till midday :( But... we both adore Princess of China, will Coldplay ever play it live? Obviously they will need a female vocalist.... I've heard Marina and the Diamonds are supporting...??

    The Oracle replies:

    Don't worry, you'll still have time to get a good spot. Marina & the Diamonds opened for the band in Manchester and Emeli Sande supported on the dates before Christmas. Neither female vocalists took the lead in PoC so I doubt very much that it's going to happen this Summer either.


    April 3, 2012 - submitted by Naomi, United Kingdom

    Q. I really love the version of Clocks from leftrightleftrightleft. How can I find that performance live?

    The Oracle replies:

    That is a live version Naomi but if you mean that you haven't got a physical copy of the CD; I'm afraid they're not for sale. Just as the download was free, the CD was given away at concerts.


    April 2, 2012 - submitted by Ignacio, Argentina

    Q. I'm a huge fan of U2 but Coldplay comes in the next place, for sure. Both bands' live performances can't be compared to anything. Anyhow, I have a question about Chris. What's with his fanatism for U2 and what's his relationship like with Bono? He's always saying U2 is the biggest band in the world and that his music can't be compared to theirs. Why's that? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    U2 have been going since 1976 and released 13 albums and are one of the best-selling acts of all time. They have sold more than 150 million records worldwide & won 22 Grammys. It's little wonder that Chris is a fan, or anyone else for that matter (I believe Jonny's first album was Rattle & Hum on cassette). Chris is being humble to say that Coldplay's music can't compare and he often says that of bands he holds in great esteem. Bono was an early supporter of Coldplay and the two bands have genuine affection for one another regardless of any jokey comments that may have been made - of course I don't doubt there's more than a whiff of competitiveness in the air. Chris made a comment in 2005 about being Drago to U2's Rocky.


    April 2, 2012 - submitted by Montana Kelley, United States of America

    Q. Hi Coldplay :) Here's my question: Can songs REALLY tell a story? My step-mother always judges a song by the story it tells. Songs that she thinks have no point, she doesnt like. I think she's wrong. But I can olny determine that from the best. Songs are moving, I get that. But moving enough to tell a complete story in just a few verses that repeat?

    The Oracle replies:

    I had a meeting once with a music publisher from a very large company and he was based in Nashville, which is famous for its Country music. He was so insistent that a song HAD to tell a story; that it couldn't just sing about a table (yes, that is exactly what he said). I can't say your Mum is wrong as it's her personal thoughts but what I can do is argue my case that I disagree. I think there's plenty classical pieces or instrumentals that carry plenty of emotion for me. My trump card though is this... Cocteau Twins are a band who's singer, Liz Frazer, sang in an indecipherable language. A reviewer once wrote that "part of her appeal is how she can make hard-to-interpret lyrics so emotionally gripping."


    April 2, 2012 - submitted by Justine, France

    Q. Hello Oracle, Did Chris and Ellen DeGeneres know each other well before the show? They seem to be very close friends in the rehersal video (she kisses him on the lips!!!) Thanks for your answer. Love from France.

    The Oracle replies:

    The band have met Ellen before the 2011 rehearsal but she and Chris aren't best friends or anything.




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