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    Oracle round-up: hypnofeed, concert marriage proposals, Madrid EP & more... (plus latest photos)

    More questions answered by The Oracle... (circa. 4000! questions now answered - submit yours now!)


    May 16, 2013 - submitted by Theo, Australia

    Q. What did the hypnotised on the 24th of December have to do with Coldplay?

    The Oracle replies:

    You mean the hypnofeed. The hypnofeeds aren't meant to be related to Coldplay. They are random and actually we don't really want any clips linked to the band. The 24th of December - Christmas Eve - was chosen because it was from The Nutcracker which is a famous ballet based around Christmas. I'll take this opportunity to say if you see anything weird / wonderful / sinister / interesting (under 7 minutes) on the Internet, please do submit it.



    May 16, 2013 - submitted by Johan, Peru

    Q. Hola Oraculo, se puede preguntar en Espanol?

    The Oracle replies:

    Ooh I'd prefer the questions to be in English please. Gracias.


    May 16, 2013 - submitted by Nick, United States of America

    Q. Dear Oracle, I can only imagine the countless number of marriage proposal requests the band must get for each show. Up until recently, I always thought a concert was a strange place for a proposal. Then I saw a proposal during Fix You, which sent shivers down my spine. Do you think a concert is an admirable place for a man to propose, or is it unromantic because it requires little work?

    The Oracle replies:

    I was considering trying to find out how many proposals have taken place at a Coldplay show. You're right - there are so many requests asking for the band's help to make it special. It's not possible to grant such requests - there'd be little time for he music! Add to that number the people who don't ask and then the ones that get swept up in the moment and ask spontaneously, I reckon there are scores at every show. Each to their own I say. It's not for me personally but hey, if that's how & where someone wants to propose, that's their business. I wouldn't do it because, well, I'd be thinking they're hardly likely to say "no" are they? It would totally ruin the show.


    May 15, 2013 - submitted by Becca, United States of America

    Q. Hi Oracle! :) So I was looking around on iTunes and I found this. It's by a band called Mylo Xyloto, and it was released before Coldplay's album Mylo Xyloto was released. There is also an album by that band. I was just wondering if this has anything to do with Coldplay. Thanks so much! :) -- Becca

    The Oracle replies:

    Strange that there is no artwork, no information and no band photo. This has nothing to do with Coldplay at all and I urge you not to buy that single (1'03!) or album as I suspect it's not going to be what you think. Firstly Mylo Xyloto didn't exist until the band came up with the name. Mylo may be a familiar name but Xyloto is original. Secondly, the "artist" could have changed the details after MX came out but I assure you, that it is not legitimate at all. They have a page on another site and the "album" is dodgy live recordings and video clips. Stay well clear and I'll investigate further.


    May 15, 2013 - submitted by James, United Kingdom

    Q. I am in a band but they don't share same musical interest. They all love The Strokes, The Smiths etc. Although they are great bands they don't get me going like Coldplay, Mumford and Sons and early Radiohead. I am the songwriter yet don't want to put effort into songs if they don't like them because they are Coldplay inspired and not 'indie' enough. What do I do?? Go solo and get session musicians? I am 16 by the way.

    The Oracle replies:

    I want you to ask yourself why you and these fellow musicians are in this band - how did it come about? There must have been a shared interest to start the band in the first place. Usually a band come together because they share a passion in music - not always the same types of music but it's more than common for that to be the case. The differences in taste could help shape your band into something very unique. It's all very well being inspired by a band as long as it's not sounding like them. Originality is very important these days so maybe you should all be encouraged to listen to each others' favourite bands and share thoughts, ideas and suggestions. You should put effort into your songs no matter who they are for; band mates, friends, audience... However, if the band members don't like the songs you're writing, you need a new band. Going solo is one thing, getting session musicians is another - a very expensive other too. I suggest you either work things out with your band to make a sound for yourselves that draws on all your influences or go solo and perform as a singer-songwriter acoustically until you find like minded people you want to make music with. Good luck.


    May 14, 2013 - submitted by Ashley, United States of America

    Q. Quick question: I've noticed that Chris Martin had an = sign on his hand during a concert or something (not sure since it was just a random photo on Bing), and I was wondering whether or not he meant it to be an HRC/LGBT(Q) supportive thing or JUST a thing (like, "Hey, I'm putting this equal sign for balance of the body and mind..."). Crazy curious, and I would appreciate an answer *squeal* It would be epic if you guys (or at least Mr. Martin), supported HRC.

    The Oracle replies:

    The official logo of the HRC is the equal sign (yellow on blue) and has been around since 1995. In 2002, Chris adopted a different equal sign for the band's involvement in Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign (green on white). I've not discussed HRC with the guys but knowing them as well as I do, I feel I can say they are in support of the Human Rights Campaign.


    May 14, 2013 - submitted by Peter, United Kingdom

    Q. Can I ask please about your cool website, who done it? What software is it? Thanks!

    The Oracle replies:

    Slender Fungus are the creative types behind the, er, type. I have no idea what software they use. All I could gather is that they need "... really fast and expensive computers (Mac and PC), really good software, a decent connection..."


    May 14, 2013 - submitted by Ashley, United States of America

    Q. Hello Oracle! I was reading Roadie #42's blogs and I came across the word "tympani". I was just wondering if this is a word made up by Coldplay and staff (like Xylobands) or is it a typo for the word "timpani"? Thank you!

    The Oracle replies:

    Tympani is a legitimate alternative spelling for timpani; I prefer the latter to be honest.


    May 13, 2013 - submitted by Harrison, United Kingdom

    Q. Hello Oracle, I'd like to firstly say I saw the guys live on their MX tour and absolutely loved it and I love watching videos of them play at different gigs on the tour. But I stumbled across a Live In Madrid EP containing Violet Hill, GPASUYF, Paradise, Charlie Brown & Clocks. Is this official or not?


    The Oracle replies:

    This was a U.S only item as part of Google's download store launch. It looks like it's now available in the U.K.


    May 13, 2013 - submitted by Gael, Canada

    Q. Dear Oracle, I'd like to send some watercolor paintings inspired by Coldplay's songs to Chris Martin. Can you please give me an extremely secure address where I can do so, they are original works of mine and if I lose them they're gone. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. God bless you. Giant teddy bear hugs. Gael.

    The Oracle replies:

    Please, please don't attempt to send anything valuable in the post; we do not have the facilities to accept any items and cannot guarantee their safety. If you'd like to scan your pictures and submit them to our Hypnofeed section, they will be seen and who knows, maybe selected so that everyone can see them on the site.


    May 13, 2013 - submitted by Trinity, United Kingdom

    Q. So I went to see Athlete on Friday for their 10 year anniversary of Vehicles and Animals, and it was great. And although they may not be as successful as Coldplay, would the band ever consider say a 15 year anniversary of Parachutes, not necessarily a tour but a few one of small gigs. It would be hugely appreciated I'm sure, plus you can't deny that this is not only the greatest song in the world, but must be the best song played live!?

    The Oracle replies:

    Thank you for the reminder of this wonderful version of Spies. It was a firm favourite of mine since I very first heard it. Anchorman went to see the Athlete anniversary show too and loved it. I'm not sure there would be anything like a 15th year anniversary of Parachutes but it would be nice to celebrate in some way. Maybe we could have a party of our own?


    Latest photos/video of Coldplay with fans at the Bakery/Beehive - thanks to Manoiise, the2ndflaw & CJWG (May 2013):












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