Mince Spies


Mince Spies

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).


The Oracle on Mince Spies

August 21, 2012 – submitted by Marcus, Hong Kong

Q. A simple question. Is it still possible to buy Mince Spies? And if yes where?

The Oracle replies:

Not unless anyone is selling their copy somewhere on the Internet I’m afraid. Very occasionally they turn up on a well-established auction site or an online store for rare collectibles. I just looked and couldn’t find one.

July 24, 2009 – submitted by John, United States of America

Q. I own a copy of Coldplay’s Mince Spies CD. How many other people own this CD?

The Oracle replies:

It was limited to a 1000 copies but that doesn’t mean that 999 other people own it. For instance I have 2 and there are a few stray copies. Still, fewer than 1000 people with a copy does make this a highly collectible and rare item.

June 29, 2009 – submitted by Benjamin, United States of America

Q. Is there such a thing as Mince Spies?

The Oracle replies:

There is if you mean a limited edition CD that the band gave away to fans at Christmas 2001.

It featured two tracks: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Yellow (Alpha Remix).

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.

August 22, 2008 – submitted by Tyler, United States of America

Q. Is there a fanclub?! Because I would love to further support my favorite band XD

The Oracle replies:

There isn’t a fan club. Kudos to a group of people who ran Coldplayground, which was a fan club for fans by fans that ceased to be in December 2001. The Mince Spies CD was given away with that last ever issue as a Christmas present and thank you to the members for their support. That CD has become quite a collector’s item.