Singles 1999-2006

The Singles 1999–2006 is a box set compilation of singles by British rock band Coldplay. The box includes all fourteen of the band’s singles from the album Parachutes to X&Y on 7″ vinyl records in sleeves with the original artwork that accompanied each release.[1]


  1. “What If” (Tom Lord Alge mix) / “How You See The World” (live from Earls Court)
    • Originally released only as an international single.

  2. “The Hardest Part” / “Pour Me” (Live at the Hollywood Bowl)
    • Previously released only as a download-single in the UK.

Release Dates

  • Rest of the world – TBC


Singles 1999-2006

For any deranged, obsessive, able-to-recognise-the-drummer-in-a-crowd Coldplay completists out there, here’s every single and their B-sides collected together in a seven-inch box-set – surely like releasing every deleted scene from Last Of The Summer Wine in a special edition bathtub on wheels.

Fascinating to recall just how soggy-trousered and Radiohead they were on ultra-rare debut ‘The Blue Room EP’ and to hear them grow from wafty indie shamblebums to arena-teabagging monsters by ‘Yellow’.

Less fascinating to realise they’re no Smiths when it comes to revisit-worthy B-sides: dreary acousti-rock slurry to a man (except ‘1.36’ and ‘Things I Don’t Understand’). Wait for the stonking Greatest Hits.


Source: NME

Melodic pop/rock is rapidly becoming one of the most popular genres in the music scene today. The beat box styling and bubblegum pop bands that headlined the charts in the 90s are long gone, replaced with musicians singing soulful ballads combined with artistic piano playing. For the most part, music is getting back to the roots of the creative process. Although it is hard to pinpoint the exact pioneers of this progression, a few key names pop up, names like John Mayer, Howie Day, James Blunt, The Dave Matthews Band, and Jack Johnson.

One of the most influential bands of this typedates to 2000. Coldplay made their first full length debut then, with their album Parachutes. It ended up selling eight million copies worldwide, followed by A Rush of Blood to the Head with 12 million copies in 2002 and X&Y with 10 million in 2005.

These three albums leave fans longing for more. Songs like “The Scientist” and “Clocks” are still stuck in people’s heads and continue to be featured on movie soundtracks. Coldplay have always been a big supporter of various charitable organizations such as Amnesty International and Oxfam. Even when they are out of the studio, they continue to be active in events for good causes such as the Live 8 concert. Ten percent of all the profits they make from being in the media go to charity.

Coldplay has been on hiatus for awhile. Lead singer Chris Martin was busy being a husband to wife Gwyneth Paltrow and tending to his children Apple and Moses (he’s even written songs for them). Now, the band is refreshed musically and busy making up for lost time.

Coldplay just wrapped up a Latin America tour. They focused on smaller venues, giving them a chance to preview some of their upcoming tracks and introducing a change from the huge shows of Europe and the US that they had been used to.

The next scheduled release by Coldplay is a boxset simply titled The Singles 1999-2006. It will contain all of the band’s well- known hits, as well as some rare tracks. In the United States, buying the set includes the incentive of unique merchandise, including a messenger bag and a mug.

The set will only be released on seven-inch vinyl discs and not on CD, adding to the rarity of the collection. It is set to hit stores on March 26 in the U.K. and April 24 in the United States.

Meanwhile, the band has been busy recording a fourth studio album. Coldplay has confimred on their official Web site that they have teamed up with producer Brian Eno, who has worked with U2 and The Talking Heads in the past, on their latest project.

Eno recently said in an interview about the collaboration, “[Coldplay] want to take their music somewhere else. We’re still really at the very beginning of [the recording process], but it sounds very promising to me.”

Chris Martin and guitarist Johnny Buckland were recently seen enjoying themselves at an Arcade Fire show in their home town of London, where they were interviewed by BBC. When asked why they chose Brian Eno to work with, Buckland enthused, “Well, we kind of more feel that he picked us really. With someone like Brian, if you can persuade him to work with you, you’re doing well.”

In addition to Arcade Fire, Martin mentioned British Indie/shoegazing band My Bloody Valentine as a favorite of his, even eluding that the look of lead singer Kevin Shields may be an influencing factor on Coldplay’s new album.

The band is keeping fairly quiet about the specific details of the album so far. However, a few of the new tracks have been floating around both online and at live shows.

Four songs that are expected to be on the new album are “Mining on the Moon,” “The Butterfly,” “The Fall of Man,” and “Bucket for a Crown.” There are no new tour dates scheduled, but Coldplay are still “keen to try out their new songs,” according to Eno.

Coldplay is a band with a huge worldwide fan base and any new material is eagerly awaited. There are still two more albums in the band’s contract with their studio, but hopefully there will be many more.

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X&Y Album Cover

X&Y is the third album by Coldplay, released in England on June 6, 2005 and in North America on June 7. Preceded by the successful single “Speed of Sound”, which peaked at #2 in the UK and #8 in the U.S., the album debuted at the top of the UK album chart, moving 464,471 units in its first week, a success which put X&Y second in overall first week sales. The album became Coldplay’s first U.S. chart-topper, selling 737,000 units in its first week of release. X&Y was the best-selling album worldwide in 2005, according to the IFPI; it shifted 8.3 million units during the year.

X&Y is influenced by European electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk, as well as 1970s electronica from the likes of David Bowie and Brian Eno. Coldplay received permission from Kraftwerk to use the main riff from “Computer Love” for the track “Talk”, while Eno played backing synthesizer on the track “Low”. The album’s final track, “‘Til Kingdom Come”, was originally written by the band to be recorded by Johnny Cash, but Cash passed away before he could record the song.

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

  • 10 The Oracle on X&Y

Album details

According to lead singer Chris Martin, the title X&Y is based on the ups and downs of his everyday life. Martin says “My whole day is a mixture of optimism and pessimism in its most extreme forms. And that’s what X&Y is to me. It’s two sides. I like the fact they’re very strong letters, very clear.” He has also stated that he chose the name X&Y because in mathematics X and Y represent the unknown, and that most of the tracks on the album are about the unknown and life’s unanswerable questions.

Prior to the release, Zero Theory was one of the many widely rumoured titles to the album.

The album’s cryptic cover art was designed by Tappin Gofton (aka Mark Tappin and Simon Gofton), who created the cover for The Chemical Brothers’ latest release, Push the Button. The blocks are the Baudot code-encoding (ITA2, a 5-bit alphanumeric encoding used by telegraphs) of the title of the album, X&Y (although due to an error in the coding process, the cover code actually translates as “X96”); the colours are just for aesthetics and have no specific meaning (though Chris Martin sometimes wears coloured tape on his hands while on stage, as a reference to the album). The CD booklet contains the ITA2-encoded alphabet, presented with the X&Y colour motif. The final page of the booklet contains the slogan “Make Trade Fair”, using the same encoded alphabet.

Critical reaction

The album’s reviews were fairly warm upon release, but certain critics, specifically from Rolling Stone, Mojo, The New York Times and Pitchfork Media, consider it below par, given the high standard set by A Rush of Blood to the Head, X&Y’s 2002 predecessor. Coldplay has also received some criticism for the similarities between the lead single “Speed Of Sound” and the Grammy-winning “Clocks”. Others have noted the striking U2 similarities heard throughout the album.

Track listing

  • Chart position: –


  • The album’s lead single, “Speed of Sound”, was beaten to the top spot on the UK Singles Chart by the novelty song “Axel F” by the Crazy Frog.

  • The album is dedicated to “BWP”, which stands for Bruce W. Paltrow, the late father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow, the wife of singer Chris Martin.

  • X&Y’s success in its first week put it second behind only Oasis’ Be Here Now, which moved 695,761 units in its 1997 release.

  • The final track is a hidden track, however its existence was hinted at. The song listing on the back cover omits the song, however both the booklet and the CD label refer to an item called “+” after track 12’s name. The track’s name is ‘Til Kingdom Come. It was originally planned for Johnny Cash to sing it with Chris Martin. Martin recorded his part, but Cash died before he was able to record his.[1]

  • All 3 of the track listing locations refer to the names of the tracks, but instead of the conventional numbering system, the first six tracks are named X1 to X6, and the second set Y1 to Y6 – a reference to the name of the album.

  • Several special versions of the album were released (see below)

Release details

CDP 7243 4 74786 2 8

Special Editions

  • Special Dutch Edition (2CD):

It featured a different, unique album cover slip-case and a bonus disc with six unreleased songs; Things I Don’t Understand, Proof, The World Turned Upside Down, Pour Me (Live At The Hollywood Bowl), Sleeping Sun and Gravity.

  • South East Asia Tour Edition (CD/DVD):

It featured a different, unique album cover slip-case and a bonus DVD with six unreleased songs and the four single music videos; Things I Don’t Understand, Proof, The World Turned Upside Down, Pour Me (Live At The Hollywood Bowl), Sleeping Sun and Gravity; Speed of Sound, Fix You, Talk and The Hardest Part videos.

  • Australian Tour Edition (CD/DVD):

Practically identical to the South East Asia Tour Edition, other than a different, unique album cover slip-case. It featured a bonus DVD with six unreleased songs and the four single music videos; Things I Don’t Understand, Proof, The World Turned Upside Down, Pour Me (Live At The Hollywood Bowl), Sleeping Sun and Gravity; Speed of Sound, Fix You, Talk and The Hardest Part videos.

  • Latin America Tour Edition (CD/DVD):

Some consider it the ultimate edition of X&Y due to the addition of a track-by-track interview on the bonus DVD. It featured a different, unique album cover slip-case and a bonus DVD with six unreleased songs and the four single music videos; Things I Don’t Understand, Proof, The World Turned Upside Down, Pour Me (Live At The Hollywood Bowl), Sleeping Sun and Gravity; Speed of Sound, Fix You, Talk, The Hardest Part videos, and X&Y track-by-track interview.


Note: for all the certification definations see: Certifications

The Oracle on X&Y

May 12, 2010 – submitted by Andrew, United Kingdom

Q. In the X&Y album in the cover booklet there are many Baudot Codes as album art. I’m wondering if you could please translate them all and the ones on the single versions of the songs from it?

The Oracle replies:

To work out the one code you need to look at each vertical column as they are what represent each letter/character.

Therefore the album cover’s code says “X&Y”, the back has “Make Trade Fair” as a message and each of the singles is simply the track’s title e.g “Fix You”.

April 13, 2010 – submitted by Steve, United States of America

Q. Kind regards, I am an 18 year old male in question of the meaning of the album artwork for X&Y. Does it mean anything? To any of you gentlemen? I wonder this because I have a desire to get this tattooed on myself. I love your music, view of the world and outlook on politics. I share you inspiration as a fellow musician to change the world for the better. May there be no war. Peace and love.


The Oracle replies:

It’s based on the Baudot Code representing each character of the alphabet. You can search online for more about the code (as I have already answered that question) but there is an amazing X&Y code generator that you might like. Maybe you could type in whatever you want and use that for your tattoo?

January 18, 2010 – submitted by Christina, United States of America

Q. Hello Oracle! How was your holiday?

I got X&Y for Christmas, and I was flipping through the inside booklet. What is written on the back page? Even with the key I couldn’t figure it out.

Thanks in advance!

The band wanted to have Make Trade Fair as the final message in code.


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Game of Thrones: The Musical

From WikiColdplayGame of Thrones: The Musical

Game of Thrones: The Musical is a sketch done by Coldplay for the Red Nose Day USA. It is a charity event which aired on 21 May 2014 on NBC hosted by Seth Meyers, David Duchovny and Jane Krakowsk and starred by Ed Sheeran, Jimmy Fallon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, One Direction, Adam Levine, among others.


  • 6 Media/External Reviews


In May of 2015, several song titles were registered on ASCAP(The American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers) Fans linked them to LP7 as titles like Voldermort were related to the interview Chris Martin gave to Zane Lowe where he compared the new album to the Harry Potter books. Some other titles like Rastafarian Targaryen and Red Wedding were linked to the TV series Game of Thrones in which Will Champion made a cameo in the Red Wedding episode. Some newspapers also made reference to this fact stating that “The seventh album from Chris Martin and Coldplay could be a tribute to the fantasy series Game Of Thrones”[1]. Later it was revealed the band was involved in the first show of Red Nose Day in the USA.

Game of Thrones cast and Coldplay


The director Mat Whitecross was involved in the direction of some short films for the Red Nose. But the one which caught the attention of the viewers was the mockumentary of the band creating a spoof musical of Game of Thrones. Chris Martin wrote the original idea along with Richard Curtis. The conception was originated during the soundchecks the band did in their concerts as they are fans of the series and they used to sign the theme tune and change the lyrics to made them sound silly.
Mat Whitecross said in an interview that they work in a democratic way where the production team, the band members, and the cast of Game of Thrones gave ideas and Richard took and included them in the script.[2]


The band is working in a musical for Game of Thrones. They wrote original songs that they introduced to the cast who were not convinced it was a good idea such as Emilia Clarke who compared it to Titanic in terms of the unsuccessful movie. However, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) saved the recording inviting more members of the cast and even singing Wildling in front of them. The cast and the band members joined to sing Red Wedding and their enthusiasm hinted they could win a Tony award. At the end the whole cast was excited about the musical, however George R. Martin cancelled the project. But that did not stopped Chris Martin who suggested there might be a version of Taken on ice.

Track listing

  1. Red Wedding

Coldplayer’ Reviews

I now officially ship Chris Martin and Jon snow
No seriously, there were so many awesome things in this video I can’t even begin to count them:
Will in a costume, him silently calling Chris an idiot, “You know nothing Chris Martin”
Oh and, in the beginning you see these giant colourful sheets in the background, when Chris and Will are sitting down. I believe these sheets are hiding the whiteboards that are probably covered with new album material! Thanks Batman

Excellent. My favourite moment was when Liam Neeson refers to Will as “bearded drummer Will Champion” in the most nonchalant way. Thanks MosesTheMarshmallow

My fav part id Chris fangirling / fanboying about Jon Snow
and Will calling him ” idot”
Jonny is so sweet ..bamm bamm bamm….The L.A. studio looking great. Thanks BuckinParadise

Omg, I’m not familiar with the GOT (I only know 2 actors, the hottest one, Jon Snow and the one which was in the Love Actually), but this sketch is fantastic!!
Coldplay did such a great job and they are good actors too, I mean, look at their serious faces (Guy’s poker face and then his acting during the Bastard song)! How could they stay so serious?
I love to see them all together, being so funny and doing charity work. Amazing. Thanks Nina8

Media/External Reviews

UsMagazine: Then again, there may have one running gag that outdid even Roberts’s man voice: the production of Game of Thrones: The Musical. Not to be outdone by his ex, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin led a skit in which he spearheaded a Broadway musical based on the hit fantasy book and TV series. Some of the show’s most recognizable faces came out for the occasion, including Nikolaj Coster-Waldeau (who plays the aristocratic Jaime Lannister) and Emilia Clarke, who belted out a Rastafarian ode inspired by her Targaryen namesake.[3]

Forbes: When you play the game of thrones, you sing or you die.
Coldplay, NBC, and the cast of Game of Thrones have teamed up to make a pretty hilarious musical version of the hit HBO fantasy drama. Or rather, a “making-of” style mockumentary as part of a larger charity effort.
It’s pretty entertaining to watch a spirited acoustic trio with Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon,) Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen,) and Myranda (Charlotte Hope,) or listen to Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lanister) sing the first “romantic incest ballad” of Coldplay’s career.[4]

Billboard: So we know that the point of this whole skit was what a terrible idea a Game of Thrones musical would be — but are we alone in really wanting to see this on Broadway now? (Our favorite fake song title has to be “Rastafarian Targaryen.”) Coldplay’s Chris Martin got Kit Harington (John Snow), Emilia Clarke (Daenarys Targaryen), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and more of the cast to join in on the musical shenanigans.[5]

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Fix You


Fix You” is a song by Coldplay and is the fourth track on their 2005 album, X&Y. During live performances of the song all four members of the band sing, although on record only Chris and Will do. It was also released as the second single from that album in various countries. In the United Kingdom it was released on 2005-09-05 to avoid competition with Oasis’ “The Importance of Being Idle” (released 2005-08-22) in the UK Singles Chart.[1]

On 14 September 2005, Coldplay released the Fix You EP on the iTunes Music Store. All of the sales went to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Relief and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ MusiCares Hurricane Relief Fund. This song was also played on Shelter from the Storm. It has also became a tribute song for the victims and eventually became the anthem for the event.


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Writing the song

When writing the song, Chris Martin was influenced by Muse’s use of a church organ on the track “Megalomania” from their album Origin of Symmetry. Unable to gain access to one, Martin instead used an old keyboard that his late father-in-law (Bruce Paltrow) gave to his wife Gwyneth Paltrow. [2] However, in other instances Martin has claimed that “Fix You” is a copy of Elbow’s 2003 anthem “Grace Under Pressure”.[3]

Some sources claim Chris Martin wrote the song for his wife Gwyneth Paltrow after she suffered depression due to the death of her father Bruce Paltrow.

This song is written in E flat major.

Music video

The band performing “Fix You”

The music video for “Fix You”, directed by Sophie Muller, was shot at the end of two concerts on July 4 and July 5 2005 at Reebok Stadium in Bolton, England. The concert goers doubled as extras for the video shoot, which required two takes on each day to complete. [4]

In the first half of the video, Chris Martin wanders the streets of London, while the slogan “Make Trade Fair” is projected onto the National Film Theatre, using the same ITA2 colour scheme on the cover of X&Y. As soon as the electric guitar kicks in, Martin darts through streets corners at lightning speeds until finally reaching the Reebok Stadium, where he joins the rest of the band for the song’s finale.

After the video was released, rumours in the United States suggested that, given the location of some of the footage, the video was a tribute following the July 7, 2005 London bombings.


Chart performance

The song was supported by 60 alternative rock radio stations in the United States, including WNNX (Atlanta), KNDD (Seattle), XTRA (San Diego), and WFNX (Boston). The band also performed the track at Saturday Night Live and Live 8.

The song debuted on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart on August 28, 2005. It reached #18 on the chart. “Fix You” also reached #42 on the Billboard Pop 100, #24 on the Adult Top 40, and #29 on the Hot Digital Songs chart.

Track listing

  • Cd Cover

Media usage

  • The song was used for a promo for the Jim and Pam love story saga on NBC’s hit show The Office

  • “Fix You” was used for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’s special, in which homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina were rebuilt.

  • The song was used by Cinemax when promoting their airings of the complete Star Wars movie saga.

  • The song was featured at the end of Scrubs episode “My Cabbage” as a recurring patient becomes infected with a fatal germ.

  • Featured extensively in trailer material for World Trade Center.

  • The song featured in a 2005 episode of teen drama The OC (Season 2 Episode 23 – The O.Sea). The song plays in the final moments of the show as a key character dies and then as the repercussions are felt throughout the remaining characters’ lives. It is also notable as this is where the song first debuted.

  • This song is also featured in the 2006 movie You, Me and Dupree.

  • This song is also the presentation song of the Montreal Canadiens when they play at the Bell Center

  • This song was featured in the closing minutes of the Cold Case episode “Cargo” in 2007.

  • This song was also featured in the closing minutes of the Without a Trace episode “Freefall” (Season 4).

  • Martin guest-starred on the fourth episode of the second series of BBC Two’s Extras as a hyper-realised version of himself, and performs a solo rendition of this song on the show-within-a-show “When The Whistle Blows” as a way to promote the band’s fictional Coldplay: Greatest Hits album. The special features in the Extras DVD release show a sing-along between Martin and Ricky Gervais.

  • The song was also played during a commercial for the film King Kong.

  • At the start of the Western Bulldogs v Richmond AFL telecast on the Nine Network on 31 March 2006, this song was used to play a short clip with Nathan G. Brown on the comeback trail after suffering a horrific injury the previous May.

  • The Top 12 contestants of Australian Idol 2006 also performed the song live as an opening performance to the Grand Finale of the show at the Sydney Opera House on 26 November 2006.

  • It was also used in a PRIDE Fighting Championships highlight entitled “3rd Man”, by a man aliased “Boondock”.

  • It was used in the promotional video of LOEWE company about mountain soaring.

  • It was used at the end credits of the Champions League Final, 17 May 2006 between Arsenal FC and Barcelona FC broadcasted on ITV1.

  • The song is used as the Tampa Bay Lightning take the ice at the St. Pete Times Forum and the starting lineups are announced. The part used is the part of the song where the band and electric guitar start playing.

  • In September 28, 2007, the band Gregorian released an album Masters of Chant Chapter VI with their gregorian style of Fix You.

  • The entire song was used at the end of the Brothers & Sisters episode “Troubled Waters: Part 1,” as a montage of dramatic events unfolds affecting each main cast member.

[email protected]

The song was given new life, and a new meaning, by the New England octogenarian chorus group [email protected] The group’s performance was led by chorus member Fred Knittle, who suffers from congestive heart failure and breathes through an oxygen tank. [email protected]’s live version of the song was performed in 2006. The performance was originally planned to be a duet between Fred and another chorus member, Bob Salvini, but Salvini succumbed to illness shortly before the show, although Fred decided to go ahead and perform the song alone as a tribute to his friend. Due in part to the circumstances under which the song was performed, Fred’s version of the song has had a great emotional impact – both on the audience in attendance that night and on those who have been touched by it since.Template:Fact Some commentators have compared Fred Knittle’s version of “Fix You” to Johnny Cash’s reinterpretation of “Hurt” on American IV: The Man Comes Around.

The performance was initially recorded for a British documentary that aired on Channel 4 and played at the 2007 L.A. Film Festival. However, footage of the performance found its way onto YouTube in November 2006. From there, the video of [email protected] reinterpreting the song became an internet phenomenon. The video garnered hundreds of thousands of hits and attracted attention both in the blogosphere and the mainstream media.

The Oracle on Fix You

November 29, 2012 – submitted by Victoria , United Kingdom

Q. Dear Oracle,

I’ve always wondered this: On the album X&Y, the lyric for Fix You reads “When you’re too in love to let it go,” yet every time I’ve heard Chris sing it live (I’ve seen them 5 times in concert) he says “…to let it show” instead. Is there a reason he does this? Does he actually prefer the word show to go? I know this is nit-picky, but I’ve always been curious. Thank you! I hope you answer this!

The Oracle replies:

It’s not a word preference but it is a lyric preference – he wouldn’t do it otherwise. Once something is recorded you can’t go back and change it but playing live gives the opportunity to make changes musically & lyrically.

October 17, 2012 – submitted by Rachel, United Kingdom

Q. Hello, you mentioned the projection in the Fix You video and I read that the blocks that are being projected is code? So I was wondering what are the blocks saying in the background?

The Oracle replies:

The projection (on the National Theatre, South Bank) says Make Trade Fair.

May 9, 2011 – submitted by Lilac, United Arab Emirates

Q. Does Fix You move you to tears like it does to me? If not, what song does? (it doesn’t have to be a Coldplay song.)

The Oracle replies:

Don’t tell anyone but I have actually shed a tear to that song. I can also tell you that out of every Coldplay song in existence, that is the one that I receive most comments alluding to the fact that we are not alone. Fix You followed by The Scientist seem to be the top 2 tear inducing tracks.

Ooh just by saying tears and tracks in one sentence reminds me of a non-related brilliant song that doesn’t really need any excuse to share.

May 7, 2010 – submitted by Abbie, United States of America

Q. Would you complete this line from the LRLRL version of Fix You: 500 meters from the ___, and ________. Thank you, it has been puzzling me!

The Oracle replies:

I will indeed. Chris sings “Well high up above or down below. 500 metres from the band at a Coldplay show”.

April 27, 2010 – submitted by Eduardo, Mexico

Q. Hi Oracle! this is certainly worth to answer!

What does the projected Baudot codes mean in the “Fix You” video, when Chris is walking down the street? I know they mean something!

The Oracle replies:

It says Make Trade Fair – like in the album’s booklet.

July 23, 2009 – submitted by Rose, United States of America

Q. Hello wonderful Oracle! I have a question. I’ve been told that the song Fix You was written in honour of the London bus bombings in 2005. Is this true?? Thank you in advance!

The Oracle replies:

This is a common belief due to the start of the video being set in London shortly after the atrocities took place. It was written well before this though but is in fact very apt as the theme of the song is loss and grief.

July 14, 2009 – submitted by Ready for July Twenty, Portugal

Q. Fix You video is confusing me. I know when a band makes a music video at a show they do the song twice. With Fix You though, I look at the people in the front row and they are actually different people. So this proves that it wasn’t filmed twice in one night (like most music videos). Then I thought, it was filmed at two venues. This cant be true since it as the same place in all shots. What is going on Mr. Oracle? How did Coldplay film the Fix You video?

The Oracle replies:

They played 2 nights at Bolton’s Reebok stadium where it was filmed.

May 28, 2009 – submitted by Ricardo, Colombia

Q. Oracle,

For the recording of the Fix You video, X&Y was not released yet. How did the audience know the song?

The Oracle replies:

It was. The video was recorded in July and the album had been out a full month by then.

May 21, 2009 – submitted by John, Uruguay

Q. Dear Oracle:

This question may have been answered before…but..

Who came up with the brilliant idea of the “Fix You” Music Video ?

The Oracle replies:

It was Sophie Muller, who has directed several Coldplay videos namely Trouble, In My Place and Fix You.

August 18, 2008 – submitted by Liam, Australia

Q. What is the thing that Chris swings around in live performances of Fix You?

The Oracle replies:

It’s just a light bulb. Chris had the idea of using a swinging light bulb for the Twisted Logic tour. It wasn’t originally intended for Fix You but it took a few try outs to find the perfect song and moment.

July 29, 2008 – submitted by Danny, Australia

Q. I am trying to find the video clip of the Coldplay song will touch you or somthing like that.It was made about 3-4 yrs ago and it starts off really slow and intimate and as the clip unfolds and the song reaches it’s crecendo the band ends up on stage live audience and completes the song.

The Oracle replies:

The song you’re looking for is Fix You – the video can be viewed on You Tube. The live climax was filmed at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium on July 4th/5th 2005


When you try your best but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

When the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I

Tears stream down your face
I promise you that I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you.


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Live 2003

Coldplay Live 2003 is a live/video album by Coldplay, first released in November 2003. The set features concerts filmed at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on 21 and 22 July 2003.

It was nominated for Best Long Form Music Video at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards.

The song “Moses”, exclusive to this album, was written about Chris Martin’s wife Gwyneth Paltrow. The song inspired the name of Martin and Paltrow’s second child, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, born in 2006.[1][2] The song was solicited to US alternative radio as the album’s only single on 6 October 2003.[3] The live recording of “Clocks” had a small promotional radio release in some countries such as Spain.[4]

The album is the band’s second live release, following Trouble – Norwegian Live EP from 2001.


  1. “A Rush of Blood to the Head” (from A Rush of Blood to the Head)

  2. “Daylight” (from A Rush of Blood to the Head)
  3. “The Scientist” (from A Rush of Blood to the Head)

  4. “Clocks” (from A Rush of Blood to the Head)

  5. “In My Place” (from A Rush of Blood to the Head)

  6. “Amsterdam” (from A Rush of Blood to the Head)
Austrian Music DVDs Chart[6]2
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[7] 35
Belgian Albums Chart (Walloonia)[8]46
Belgian Music DVDs Chart (Flanders)[9]8
Czech Music DVDs Chart[11]10
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[12]1
Italian Music DVDs Chart[15]1
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 26
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[20]24
Argentine Music DVDs Chart[21]6
Dutch Music DVDs Chart[22]13
Argentine Music DVDs Chart[23]11
Italian Music DVDs Chart[24]16

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^shipments figures based on certification alone

Mistake in the credits

A Live 2003 Promo Image

The first sentence in the credits (starting at 1h:30m) is:

Filmed At The Horden Pavillion

But a Horden Pavillion does not exist.

The Oracle on Live 2003

August 11, 2010 – submitted by Jim, United Kingdom

Q. Oracle,

A while back you answered a question about Chris not playing the guitar on Yellow in Live 2003. Why did he not want to play? And do the technicians/backstage people play some instruments that the band can’t/don’t want to play?

Also, do you think Chris Martin looks a bit like Formula 1 driver Jenson Button, or is it just me?!


The Oracle replies:

At that time Chris wanted to do something different during the song to make it more interesting for the audience and for himself. It was decided that Matt McGinn would play the guitar part on that tour but generally speaking the techs don’t play instruments; the band do. There are occasions where backing tracks are used for instance, the introduction to Life in Technicolor…

You’re not the only one to comment on a similarity between Chris and Jenson but although I see why people say that, I don’t really think it’s a great likeness.

July 14, 2010 – submitted by Angel, Spain

Q. Dear Oracle

What does Chris Martin say in “Everything’s Not Lost” performance on Live 2003 DVD from 5:45 to 6:03, I’ve been looking for it but I haven’t found anything. Here is the link.


The Oracle replies:

This isn’t exactly verbatim but pretty much spot on:

“So if you’re sat down or even if you’re right at the back this would be the great point for you to start singing with us because we’re not gonna be in this neck of the woods for quite a while so you may as well sing as loud as you can now. Ready?”

June 25, 2010 – submitted by Jeroen, Belgium

Q. In the live 2003 version of Yellow, who is playing the acoustic guitar? Because Jonny’s playing the lead and Chris doesn’t have a guitar.. Is it a recorded track maybe?

The Oracle replies:

It’s not a pre-recorded backing track; it was Matt McGinn, Jonny’s guitar tech and now author of Roadie . Chris asked him to play the guitar part from off stage which Matt writes about in his book from page 49.

January 7, 2010 – submitted by Josue, Argentina

Q. Dear Oracle, what’s the music that can be heard in the subtitles menu for the tour diary in the Live 2003 DVD? I find that guitar riff familiar… Is it an early version of The World Turned Upside Down, the magnificent Fix You B-Side?

Thanks for answering this… It’s been puzzling me for years!

The Oracle replies:

The DVD menu has different songs playing for each feature. As you asked about the Tour Diary section I will start with that. It’s Yellow; it may be harder to recognize as it’s the extended intro version.

The music that can be heard at the main menu is Politik, the Concert is Shiver and the Extras is A Rush of Blood to the Head.


  1. Enter Live 2003 in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select DVD in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  2. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Video Longform, then click SEARCH
  3. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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Ghost Stories

Ghost Stories is the sixth studio album by Coldplay. Co-produced by the band with Paul Epworth along with returning Mylo Xyloto producers Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, it was released by Parlophone on 16 May 2014. The album was released by Atlantic Records in North America on 19 May 2014. It is the first album by the band in North America under Atlantic, after Coldplay were transferred from Capitol Records in 2013, following the purchase of EMI and its assets by the Universal Music Group in 2012.

The album was recorded by the band throughout 2013 and 2014 at the band’s purpose-built home studios in London, England, and in Los Angeles. It features guest producers Avicii, Timbaland and Madeon, and the band’s frequent collaborator Jon Hopkins. It was heavily promoted by the band and Parlophone in the lead-up to its release, with an accompanying prime time TV special, a visual album, and a special six-date promotional tour of the album, as well as various appearances on television and radio. The album was further promoted by five singles: “Magic”, the lead single, released in March; “Midnight”, released in April; “A Sky Full of Stars”, released in May; “True Love”, released in August; and “Ink”, released in October. It was nominated for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 57th Grammy Awards.


  • 13 References


In 2011, Coldplay released their fifth studio album, Mylo Xyloto. Originally conceived by the band as a “stripped-down, more acoustic collection”,[1] it became one of Coldplay’s most experimental and pop-oriented records to date, being described as “luxuriously colourful”[2] where “the choruses are bigger, the textures grander and the optimism more optimistic.”[3] Produced by Markus Dravs, Brian Eno, Rik Simpson and Dan Green, the album peaked at number one on 18 national album charts and was certified Platinum in 16 different countries. Mylo Xyloto had also sold 8 million copies within the first year of release.[4] Coldplay’s 2011 |single, “Paradise”, became the band’s second UK number-one single after 2008’s “Viva la Vida”. Coldplay’s subsequent world tour in promotion of Mylo Xyloto visited North America, Europe, Australasia and Africa, raising $99.7 million in revenue.[5]

Going into the creative process for their sixth studio album, the band wanted to return to the “stripped-down, more acoustic collection” they had stated their fifth album would be, returning to the original idea of an acoustic-oriented album, with less of the production and sound that made Mylo Xyloto. Drummer Will Champion spoke to Jo Whiley of BBC Radio 2 fame, saying in response to a question about the album being more stripped-back: “Yeah, that might be nice, actually. There’s only so far you can go without becoming pompous and a bit overblown, so we’ll tread that line very carefully. Reset. Recalibrate.”[6]


Ghost Stories is a spiritually driven album that revolves around two major themes mentioned by lead singer Chris Martin. The album explores the idea of past actions, and the effects they can have on your future and one’s capacity for Unconditional Love. To him, Ghost Stories represents “a journey learning about Unconditional Love” (as said in the televised Making of Ghost Stories with Fearne Cotton).

The idea of Ghost Stories, for me, was “how do you let the things that happen to you in the past – your ghosts – how do you let them affect your present and your future?” Because there was a time when I was feeling like they were going to drag me down and ruin my life, and the lives of those around me. I was very lucky to meet a very good sufi teacher who started to introduce the idea of “if you sit with your experiences and the things you’ve been through, they alchemize.” At the time he said that, I didn’t really know what that meant, but I trusted that it would work, and the more that I was learning about that, the more music just started flowing through.

—Chris Martin to Zane Lowe


The creative process and recording sessions for the band’s sixth studio album took place between 2013 and early 2014, at their purpose-built studios The Bakery and The Beehive in North London, England, then in Los Angeles for the final process. The creation of the album actually started at Guy Berryman’s house in London in early 2013 where he had settled a little studio where everyone gathered to jam and try some new music during a break after the band’s big tour for Mylo Xyloto. The band took a different approach for their sixth studio album in contrast to their previous studio albums.[7] Lead singer Chris Martin invited the band to contribute original songwriting material for the album, as opposed to building songs off Martin’s ideas as they had done during previous recording sessions. For example, “Magic” was built off a bass riff originally conceived by bassist Guy Berryman in the studio.[8]

For a long, long time I’ve been begging the band, “Please could someone else start a song”! I’ve been given that gift from the universe, or from God or whatever you want to believe in that ideas for songs get sent through wherever they get sent from, and then I take them to the rest of the band and then we layer it up and that’s how we do it. I was so grateful. It made me so happy and that was kind of a sample of the album as a whole, “We’ll help each other out here”. There were lots of songs but that was the first point where I thought, “Everyone is invested in this, everyone knows what we’re trying to do; go a bit more personal”.

—Chris Martin


An example of Mila Fürstová’s work, which are inspired by mythology, a central theme also depicted in the artwork for Ghost Stories. (Pictured: “Other Skies I” by Fürstová, 2011)

The album artwork for Ghost Stories was etched by British-based Czech etching artist Mila Fürstová.[9] The medieval art-driven artwork, measuring 100 by 100 cm, features a pair of angel wings imposed onto a painting of an ocean under a sky at night. The angel wings themselves feature cryptic imagery of medieval-style drawings of fairly contemporary objects and concepts. The images include a couple in love, a man facing a mirror, a flight of white doves, a circular maze, a girl by candlelight, a window looking out onto an incoming tornado and a garden plant with a ladder, amongst other imagery depicted in the artwork. A larger, digital version of the artwork is available on Coldplay’s official website, with the ability to zoom into the artwork with a screen magnifier.[10]

Fürstová had etched the artworks for all of the releases in the Ghost Stories album cycle, including the artwork for singles “Magic” and “Midnight”, which all use the same motif of a scenario taking place in a larger body. Fürstová, whose work has been described as “dazzling images are both contemporary and personal, searching in the surreality of dreams, tales and fables that can map the framework of our consciousness”,[11] and has won numerous awards, including the Royal College of Art Society Award in 2001 and becoming the youngest academician at the Royal West of England Academy in 2009,[12] was invited by Coldplay to etch artworks for their new album in January 2013. She described the collaboration between her and the band as “a most inspiring journey and a truly humbling experience to cooperate with such talented people”.[13]

There are plans for an exhibition of Fürstová’s Ghost Stories artworks in the Autumn of 2014 in central London. 25 original etchings and 100 high-quality digital prints of the artwork, all hand-signed by Fürstová, are also set to go on sale on 19 May 2014, the same day Ghost Stories releases in the United Kingdom and the United States.[14]


Coldplay performing at the televised 2014 iTunes Festival at SXSW where four Ghost Stories tracks were premiered live.

Coldplay performed on the opening night of the televised 2014 iTunes Festival at SXSW on 11 March 2014 at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas. In addition to performing “Magic” and “Midnight”, the band performed “Always in My Head” and “Another’s Arms”; the first live performances of the four songs.[15] The band also performed “Magic” in a pre-recorded segment of Sport Relief 2014, which aired on BBC One on 21 March 2014.[16]

In April 2014, Coldplay announced an international scavenger hunt for sheets containing lyrics to the nine songs on the album. The notes, handwritten by Martin, were placed in ghost story books in libraries around the world, with the band tweeting clues leading to their locations. One of the hidden envelopes also contained a special Golden Ticket, allowing its finder and their guest to go to London for the Coldplay concert at the Royal Albert Hall in July.[17][18]
The lyric sheets were found in libraries in Mexico City, Singapore, Helsinki, Barcelona, Dartford, New York City, Tauranga, Dublin and Johannesburg.[19]

A TV special titled Coldplay: Ghost Stories was filmed March 21–23, 2014[20] by the Grammy-nominated director Paul Dugdale (Adele, The Rolling Stones) on a custom-built stage in a Sony Pictures movie soundstage in Los Angeles.[21] Coldplay performed material from the album in its entirety for the first time. The show, which included cinematic vignettes and 360-degree projections, was attended by an audience of 800 fans and press, and was broadcast in prime time in several countries in May and June 2014.[22][23][24] The special was then sold on dvd and blue ray in November 2014. Additional footage was shot at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California and at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine, California for the film.[25]
Chris Martin said, “The Ghost Stories show at Sony Studios was a very special moment for our band … This film is basically our original vision for the Ghost Stories album.” [26]
Coldplay was also the musical act for the 3 May airing of NBC late-night sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live and performed “Magic” and “A Sky Full of Stars”. It was the band’s fifth appearance on the show.[27]

On 12 May 2014, seven days before its release date, the album became available to stream in full via iTunes, accompanied by an animated video revolving around Fürstová’s album artwork,[28] but the band refused to allow Spotify, Beats Music, Deezer, and Rdio to stream the album until 22 September 2014, which they had previously done on their last album, Mylo Xyloto.[29][30][31]


From April to July, Coldplay embarked on a six-date promotional tour in support of the album. The band has performed at E-Werk in Cologne, Germany on 25 April and performed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, New York on 5 May, prior to the release of Ghost Stories. The band continued the tour after the release of the album at the Royce Hall in Los Angeles, California on 19 May, the Casino de Paris in Paris, France on 28 May, the Tokyo Dome City Hall in Tokyo, Japan on 12 June, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, Australia on 19 June and closing the tour at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 July 2014.[32]



A music video for “Midnight”, the fifth track on the album, was released as a teaser for the band’s sixth studio album on 25 February 2014. Ghost Stories was officially unveiled by Coldplay and Parlophone a week later on 3 March 2014, along with its artwork and track listing.[34]

“Magic” was released by Parlophone on 3 March 2014 as the lead single promoting Ghost Stories. The featured track, “Magic”, was also made available to download through Ghost Stories on iTunes and the same day, with pre-orders of the album including the track as an “instant-grat” download.[35][36] Following the release of the single and track, it charted on 25 national record charts, so far peaking within the top ten in 18 countries.

A second single promoting the album, “Midnight”, was released by Parlophone on 17 April 2014[37] as a one-sided 7-inch vinyl for Record Store Day in a number of 3000 copies.[38] “A Sky Full of Stars” was released digitally as the second official single on 2 May 2014. Within 24 hours from its iTunes release, the track had sold 121,690 units worldwide,[39] peaking at number one in 86 countries on the iTunes Store Charts.[40] The song reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their third top 10 hit and first since “Viva la Vida” in 2008.[41] It also became their first number-one single on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart.

On 4 August 2014, the band announced that “True Love” would be released as the third single from the album.[42] The True Love music video, released August 22, 2014, was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and stars Chris Martin and Jessica Lucas.[43]

“Ink” was released as the fourth [44] Single to Italian contemporary hit radio stations on 13 October 2014[45] and to US modern rock radio stations on 18 November 2014 as the album’s third radio single in the country, and the fifth overall from Ghost Stories.[46] The Ink music video Is an interactive video,written, directed and animated by an LA based agency, Blind. Blind worked with company, Interlude, to make more than 300 possible journeys throughout the music video.[44]

The music video for “All Your Friends” was released on 7 November 2014 for the commemoration of the first World War.[47] Although the track is not available in the standard edition of Ghost Stories, it is available in A Sky Full of Stars EP worldwide–except for the U.S. There, it is in the deluxe version of Ghost Stories sold by Target.

An official video for “Ghost Story” was released on 9 March 2015.[48] The video (in black and white) shows the band performing the song during their Ghost Stories tour. The song is available in the A Sky Full of Stars EP and, only in the USA, in the [[Target Deluxe edition of the album.

Critical reception

Ghost Stories received mixed reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 61, based on 31 reviews, which indicates “generally favorable reviews”.[49] Jason Lipshutz of Billboard wrote the magazine’s track-by-track review of the album, praising it as the band’s “most listenable album in years” and describing it as “an evocative concoction of sullen phrases, sparse arrangements and powerful themes.”[50] Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly commented that Ghost Stories “will likely be remembered as a transitional album” and noted that “while being solid, it feels like a prequel to something better”.[51] Larry Fitzmaurice of Pitchfork Media wrote that the album is a “subdued work that finds Chris Martin and his band crisply moping through mid-tempo soundscapes and fuzzy electronic touches that have the visceral impact of a down comforter tumbling down a flight of stairs.”[52] Nick Hasted of The Independent wrote that Martin “accepts his loss too meekly to approach the anguish of a great break-up album”, but concluded that the band’s “step away from grand platitudes is still one in the right direction”.[53]

Jerry Shriver of USA Today felt that “within the realm of memorable breakup albums”, Ghost Stories lacked “the confessional gut-punch of Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks, the acrimony of Richard and Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out the Lights and the irresistible sonic appeal of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours“, ultimately describing it as “not even a particularly memorable Coldplay album”.[54] While noting that Ghost Stories “should be applauded for scaling back the gaudy excesses of their previous albums”, Consequence of Sound’s Josh Terry opined that its songs “suffer from a lack of direction” and “could use the vitality that launched them to the top in the first place”.[55] Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “The nine songs on Ghost Stories hum gently, cultivating an effective sense of intimacy. As always, there’s a lot going on in the music, sculpted by the band along with various collaborators.” He added, “Coldplay’s new album, ‘Ghost Stories,’ finds the British band setting aside its trademark grandiosity.”[56]

Chart performance

The album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart, selling 168,000 copies in its opening week—the second largest sales of 2014.[57] By July 2014, it had already become the best-selling album of the first half of 2014 with 375,000 copies sold in the UK.[58]

In the US, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 383,000 copies sold for the week, then the biggest debut week sales of 2014.[59] As of January 2015, the album has sold 794,000 copies in the US.[60]

In Canada, the album debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart with 49,000 copies sold in its first week.[61] It became 2014’s fifth best-selling album, having sold 117,000 copies throughout the year.[62]

Worldwide, Ghost Stories sold over 3.7 million copies in 2014.[63]

Track listing

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Will Champion

Will Champion

Will Champion (born William Champion, 31 July 1978) is the drummer of the band Coldplay.

Champion was born in Southampton, Hampshire, England where his father, Timothy Champion, is professor of archaeology at the University of Southampton. Having two teacher parents led him to be musically inclined. As a youth, his musical influences included Tom Waits and traditional Irish folk music. He grew up playing guitar, but also had experience on the piano, bass, and tin whistle. Before joining Coldplay, he performed in a band called Fat Hamster.

He attended the Cantell secondary school in Basset Southampton and The Royal Hospital School, Suffolk before studying anthropology at University College London, where he met his future bandmates and formed Coldplay, despite having no experience on the drums. The multi-instrumentalist picked up the drums quickly and earned fulltime duties on the band. According to lead singer Chris Martin, “Will is like a human jukebox, he’s more a guitarist than a drummer. Me and Will used to sit on the stairs at our halls of residence and he’d know more songs than anyone. You name it, he’d play it.”

In Autumn 2004, Champion and Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman guested on a-ha keyboardist Magne Furuholmen’s first solo album, Past Perfect Future Tense.

Champion was the first Coldplay member to marry: He married Marianne Dark, a teacher, in 2003. Their first child, a girl called Ava, was born on April 14th, 2006.

Champion is a fan of Southampton F.C. and he is a season ticket holder at the South Coast team.



Yamaha Silver Sparkle Drums:

   – 24″ Kick Drum
– 16″ Floor Tom
– 12″ Rack Tom
– Maple Absolute 14″ Snare
– 2 x Brady 14″ Snare


“We’d just finished recording ‘Shiver,’ and we all went outside to just chill out. The sky was absolutely incredible. It was so completely clear, and there were like a billion, billion stars. The next morning Chris [Martin] had written a Neil Young-style, country-type song. When Jonny [Buckland] added his guitar riff, it became a bit more upbeat. ‘Yellow’ is a happy song because it represents a happy time for us. A lot of time in the studio was spent arguing and fighting, and sometimes it was very tense. But that day was a really good day.”

“We do work incredibly hard – we have spent a lot of time touring, especially in America – but we’re constantly surprised by how well things are going for us.”

“A lot of the time there is a lot of melancholy in the lyrics.”

“A lot of times when we play in countries where English isn’t the first language we get accused of being melancholy and miserable.”

“As soon as we played together, it was much better than anything else we’d ever heard.”

“I think I’m the best non-playing drummer in the world. No one not-plays like me.”

“I think people have difficulty judging and being self-critical and being honest about how good they think their music is.”

“So, if we’re happy playing the songs we have written, for as long as we can, then that is sort of the proof that they’re good songs as well.”

“Some of the really early songs we don’t enjoy playing anymore because they haven’t stood the test of time to us.”

“We started with 20 songs, enough for two albums basically, but we knew that there were no second chances-you don’t get a second chance to do a debut album-so it was a very specific selection process.”

“We’re very thankful for what we’ve got, so God forbid we start taking it for granted.”

“At the end of the day, we’re just trying to prevent each other from going mad.”

“Coldplay are just four friends trying to make great music.”

“I can’t do all that riddly diddly stuff. I’m not good enough. It’s all about not playing.”

“I think hopefully we’ve got enough brain cells left to decide if our music is really worth something.”

“I’m the best non-drummer in the World. Nobody can not-play like me!”

“Optimism is the key.”

“The first time we all played as a band, I think it was in January 1998, in Jonny’s bedroom.”

“Two weeks later, we played our first concert and had 100 people there. It was pretty cool.”

“We’re also passionate about music and very critical about the music that we listen to.”

“When you write something it has to hit the level that you accept as being good.”

Other projects

In Autumn 2004, Champion and Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman guested on A-Ha keyboardist Magne Furuholmen’s first solo album, Past Perfect Future Tense.

Personal life

Champion was the first Coldplay member to marry: He married Marianne Dark, a teacher, in 2003. Their first child, a girl named Ava, was born on 28 April 2006. On 7 May 2008, Marianne gave birth to fraternal twins Juno and Rex.

Will celebrated his 30th birthday doing what he loves. During the ‘Viva La Vida’ tour stop in Toronto, Canada on July 31st, 2008 a cake was brought out and 16,000 plus people sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to him. Only one of the sparklers stayed lit on the cake, but it went out as soon as it was given to Will.

Oddly enough, Will also celebrated his 31st birthday in Toronto, Canada a day early at the July 30th, 2009 ‘Viva La Vida’ tour stop at Rogers Centre. Phil Harvey and ‘Bash’ (Will’s drum tech) brought out a cake and balloons, while the massive 48,000 plus crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’.

On 2011, Will celebrated his 33st Birthday in Australia during a live performance at Splendour In The Grass festival which was streamed live on youtube for million of viewers. In the cellebration, Chris Martin stopped Life Is For Living to recall Will’s Birthday and Vicky Taylor (band’s personal assistant) brought out a cake and balloons, while the whole band and massive 60,000 plus crowd sang “Happy Birthday”. ColdplayTV later released a video of this epic moment: [1]


  • Roach, Martin (2003). Coldplay: Nobody Said It Was Easy. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-7119-9810-8.

The Oracle on Will Champion

31 March 2014 / submitted by Forrest, United States of America

Q. How many pairs of sticks does Will go through each night on tour?


Bash – Will’s drum tech informs me that it’s usually about 4 these days though it used to be alot more.

June 3, 2013 – submitted by Jemma , Australia

Q. I just finished watching Game of Thrones season 3 episode 9, and I am 99% sure that I saw Will Champion playing a drum in the band! Was that him or was I just imagining things?

The Oracle replies:

Yes! After all the months of speculation about which episode he was going to appear in (we have talked about this here before), the episode featuring Will finally aired last night (June 2nd).

April 15, 2013 – submitted by Elizabeth, United States of America

Q. Hey Oracle,

Today, for the probably the 50th time, I watched Live 2012, which is my favorite movie of all time. In the credits at the end of the movie, under “Montreal Film Crew” “Camera Operators” one of the names listed was “Will Champion” – Is that a coincidence or was Will apart of the filming?! Please let me know!

Your #1 Coldplayer,


The Oracle replies:

Yes he was! When the guys perform the Stage C segment of the show, Will is recording on a hand-held camera before he joins the rest of the band – that’s why he has a filming credit.

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.

January 15, 2013 – submitted by Rowan , United States of America

Q. Dearest Oracle,

Does Will ever get bored sitting behind his drum set? Chris runs freely around the stage and interacts with the crowd. Guy and Johnny move occasionally. I just wanted to know if Will ever yearns to work the stage a little. Cheers!


The Oracle replies:

It’s not like many other bands where the drummer stays in the one spot behind his kit for the entire show so, no. Will gets to move to the front, X Stage, C stage (or whatever variation they’ve had on previous tours).

I’m sure he wouldn’t be a drummer if he wasn’t happy with the idea of being at the back. Or he could have chosen to stand up like the drummer in Jellyfish.

January 4, 2013 – submitted by Kidder, United States of America

Q. What kind of sticks does Will use, and how has he been taping them on the MX tour?


The Oracle replies:

Will uses Pro Mark 5b American Hickory wood tips and gets through 4 or 5 per show but I have no idea how they’re taped – sorry!

November 29, 2012 – submitted by Justine, United Kingdom

Q. Hey, Oracle! I’ve been wondering, is it just me, or does Will seem to REALLY love wearing scarves? It seems that so many of his pictures are of him with a snazzy scarf to along with the outfit – are they like a go-to accessory for him? Thank you!

The Oracle replies:

Ha! This made me giggle but you’re right, Will does like scarves. The band as a whole do tend to wear scarves during the tour even if the weather doesn’t seem to require one – good tip for singers.

October 3, 2012 – submitted by Pau, Argentina

Q. Hello there!

My question is simple as well as the answer I suppose.

After Glastonbury 2011 Will and Chris were interviewed and if I’m not wrong it was made very clear that Will doesn’t own a drum set. I mean, one to practice at home (?)

Did he already buy one?



PS: Besides he’s a terrific drummer, a master!, I don’t think he needs practicing when they have 180 shows each year uh? Top of all (his awesomeness) he’s my favourite but please don’t tell him what am I saying. GO TELL HIM! ;D

The Oracle replies:

Will did say that he doesn’t own his own drum kit but he wasn’t intending to buy one so he still doesn’t have one. If he wants to play or practise etc. he can just go to the studio…

June 6, 2012 – submitted by Abby, Philippines

Q. Dear Oracle,

In Coldplay End of Decade Clearout Sale, how and when did Jonny get into a neck brace? I’m just wondering. Thanks again.


That’s not Jonny; it’s Will. It’s just a foam neck collar for characterisation purposes only.

May 23, 2012 – submitted by Rachel, United States of America

Q. I was reading Will’s response to the twitter questions for #coldplaylive. Will said that his favorite opening act for them was Arcade Fire. I was wondering for which tour and dates that Arcade Fire was the opening act. I absolutely love Arcade Fire and Coldplay! I wish I could’ve seen them together.

The Oracle replies:

Technically he didn’t actually say that they were the opening act; he said they’d had the pleasure of sharing the same bill at festivals. I know that doesn’t exactly answer the question of who his favourite band they’ve toured with is.

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.

February 20, 2012 – submitted by Gaston, Argentina

Q. Hi Oracle! I was watching this interview and I saw that Will has a tattoo on his left arm. I’ve never seen that so I was wandering what is it?

The Oracle replies:

It’s a tattoo of his first born’s handprint.

Here is a slightly clearer picture of it.

January 26, 2012 – submitted by Mark, United Kingdom

Q. Hi Oracle, I am the drummer in Viva La Coldplay (A Coldplay Tribute Band from Liverpool/Manchester). I was recently given a pair of Will’s drumsticks (well used) and as a prized possession I wanted to make sure these are Will’s (given to me after a show), so my question is could you tell me what sticks Will uses and are they modified in any way? I’ve searched the internet with little joy! As a second part to my question, how often would will change his sticks? Kind regards Mark.

The Oracle replies:

Bash – Will’s drum tech – told me that Will uses Pro Mark 5b American Hickory wood tips. He gets through 4 or 5 per show. Sometimes they may paint a pair but there are no other modifications.

January 4, 2012 – submitted by Laura, United States of America

Q. Is the reason there is a tag about Will’s nose? Because your waiting for a question about Will’s nose?


Camila from Brazil asked me the same thing back on September 2, 2010.

I replied:

“Ah yes, it’s a mystery as to why that tag doesn’t take you to a bona fide Oracle entry. Will had a little mishap on the Viva tour when the end of the drumstick came off hitting him in the nose when he was whacking the bell during Viva la Vida.”

I now don’t know why that (& perhaps this) answer doesn’t appear when you click “Will’s nose”.

(I just tried and indeed it doesn’t appear. It’s baffling!)

October 25, 2011 – submitted by Rebecca, Japan

Q. Dear Oracle,

Could you please tell us why was Will absent from the Q Awards ceremony?

The Oracle replies:

As you probably know by now, Coldplay were named Best Act In The World Today in the public vote (thank you!) and all but Will attended the Awards ceremony in London yesterday (24th October).

Will had a day off with the family before they reconvened to continue with press & promo duties. It’s not the first time the whole band haven’t attended as the Q Awards always seem to be when the band are at their busiest. I remember Guy didn’t go back in 2002 when they had a show at Wembley Arena later than night.

Here’s a clip of Jonny & talkative Guy at yesterday’s Q Awards event.

January 13, 2011 – submitted by Nathalie, Brazil

Q. Hi Oracle

I love Will’s voice in Death Will Never Conquer. He is very talented!

Tell me, what is the possibility of Will Champion singing on the next album?

I know, there’s nothing wrong with Chris. He’s absolutely fantastic. =)



The Oracle replies:

I would say that as with Viva all four members will be singing but I can’t see anyone other than Chris taking lead vocals but hey, who knows? Death Will Never Conquer was brilliant by both!

October 26, 2010 – submitted by Mirko, Germany

Q. Hea Oracle

Why is Will on the ground at 1:25?

The Oracle replies:

I was there that day of their second Glastonbury performance in 2000. Will had been pacing up and down looking from the side of the stage out into the building crown. I would wager the lie down was a nerve busting rest in the sun.

FYI: At 30 seconds Emily Eavis says the band’s first appearance was Saturday; it was actually the Sunday!

September 14, 2010 – submitted by Shayan, Canada

Q. Hello Oracle, I recently read that you said Will had tickets to a Mumford and Sons concert (I really like them) I was just wondering how, like Will Champion would attend a concert without being bombarded by hundreds of people? I’ve been very curious for a while actually.

The Oracle replies:

As with most bands it’s usually the singer who gets most attention so Will, Guy & Jonny can usually attend gigs without much fuss. Generally people who do recognise them are very respectful of their free time and personal space so they don’t get bombarded.

September 3, 2010 – submitted by Suraj, Canada

Q. Dear Oracle,

Mr. Will Champion has spent his 2008 and 2009 birthdays performing live on stage with Coldplay in Toronto, Canada. Last year, in July 2009, my friends and I waited for hours outside of the arena and had the best seats in the house when we got in, front and center on the floor. Right before the band played Politik, we all began singing Happy Birthday to Mr. Champion, and the band laughed and waited in the dark for us to finish singing before they started. Do they remember this? It’s too bad Will did not get to spend a third consecutive birthday in Toronto, we missed him!


The Oracle replies:

Trust me, if they did hear that they will remember it; it was a special night. As you were there you’ll know that the band had a cake and balloons for Will and asked everyone to sing Happy Birthday to him. Looking back the footage available does show a slightly longer gap before the start of Politik.

September 2, 2010 – submitted by Camila, Brazil

Q. Dear Oracle, there’s something weird going on…

I was taking a look at the tags of your answers when I found the tag “will’s nose”. I thought “-wtf?! this can’t be a tag” and, when I press the link it said that there’s no item tagged as “will’s nose”. So, why is this a tag?? This made me laugh haha 😀

Is it some joke?

greetings from Brazil <3 The Oracle replies:

Ah yes, it’s a mystery as to why that tag doesn’t take you to a bona fide Oracle entry. Will had a little mishap on the Viva tour when the end of the drumstick came off hitting him in the nose when he whacking the bell during Viva la Vida.

July 28, 2010 – submitted by Alina, Canada

Q. Dear Oracle,

Knowing that Will celebrated his last two birthdays in Toronto, do you think he’s gonna try and keep up that little “tradition” and come back there again this year?


The Oracle replies:

It’s not really been a tradition but more of a coincidence through touring. As you know they aren’t currently on tour so there’s no reason to be in Toronto (other than one of tradition if it were so).

As far as I know Will travels back to the UK in time for his birthday so is probably spending it at home with the family.

July 26, 2010 – submitted by Aaron, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle,

Why does Will look like he’s about to knife someone in almost every band photo?


The Oracle replies:

I laughed out loud at this question! There are photos of Will staring and so I can see your point but to be honest, there was a phase of him blinking as the picture was being taken so he tends to over compensate for that. There are some great photos of Will where he’s not doing the stare but either way he’s such a lovely person and has great presence but I can assure you he’s not the least bit scary.

July 20, 2010 – submitted by Indraja, United States of America

Q. If the members of Coldplay were sorted into the houses at Hogwarts (from the Harry Potter series), which house would each member be in?

The Oracle replies:

I’m going to put them each into separate houses:

Chris in Hufflepuff, Will in Gryffindor, Jonny in Ravenclaw and Guy in Slytherin. You can sort yourself if you like…

July 2, 2010 – submitted by Melisa, Argentina

Q. Hi Oracle. Can you please tell me why the guys have a hand on their VLV jackets?? Does it have a meaning for them? Please answer… Thank you and Love for you all from Argentina!

The Oracle replies:

It’s only Will that has a hand on his jacket as it’s the same as his tattoo – of his daughter’s hand print.

January 19, 2010 – submitted by Sara, Spain

Q. Hello Oracle

I had found in the web an album of Will Champion called Crispy but I can not find any song.

Is it an album of Will?

Thanks Oracle

The Oracle replies:

It’s an album by Wil Champion not Will Champion. There are some sites that have the name wrong and therefore have wrongly linked Crispy to our Will but it’s a case of mistaken identity.

December 15, 2009 – submitted by Daniel, Brunei

Q. Hi Oracle!

I was watching the ad for the end of decade clearout sale and I saw Will is wearing a neck brace. Is Will had an accident or something?

The Oracle replies:

I can assure the many people that have written in to ask – and all those who didn’t – that Will is fine. It was all part of the sketch so his neck isn’t hurt.

September 15, 2009 – submitted by Jill, United States of America

Q. Hello Oracle. You’re great.

But enough about you, I’m wondering what inspired William to get a hand tattooed onto his left arm. Could you help me out?


Will’s tattoo is inspired by his first-born daughter whose hand print it is!

September 4, 2009 – submitted by Heide, United States of America

Q. Oracle, you don’t answer much questions about Will so hopefully you answer this: I recently saw a video on youtube of the boys performing “Billie Jean” in Munich, Germany. In the video Chris gave the mic to Will to sing but he would not until Chris begged him. I have to ask why? Is he shy or does he not like singing? It can’t be since he’s in the band! Thank you Oracle 🙂

The Oracle replies:

Will sings backing vocals on many tracks and has had a solo spot during the acoustic part of the show but on this particular occasion, it was the fact that Chris was asking him to sing the falsetto part of the song as reported by Roadie #42.

June 10, 2009 – submitted by Chris, Netherlands

Q. Hail to the Great Oracle,

Is Will Champion a man of few words or silent person? Sometimes his composure is so calm that it makes me wonder.

Best Regards,


The Oracle replies:

Will’s definitely not silent! The fact he’s calm, thoughtful and articulate makes him a perfect spokesman for the band. He may appear serious at times but I assure you he’s not a man of few words and great company.

March 30, 2009 – submitted by Lemonmint, Hong Kong

Q. Hi Oracle!

What I wanna ask is :

what’s that tattoo on Will Champion’s left arm?

And please tell him I love him so much!:D

The Oracle replies:

It’s a tattoo of the handprint of his first born daughter.

March 11, 2009 – submitted by Alex, United Kingdom


I never knew that Will was a Saints fan. Has he always been one?

Does he go to the matches often when in the UK?

Please post this as it is great news!!!

The Oracle replies:

Yeah he does. Will is from Southampton and has always supported the team.

February 2, 2009 – submitted by Elodie, France

Q. Hello Oracle !

How is Will’s nose since “the bell episode” ?

Thanks in advance…

Kisses from my Normandy !

The Oracle replies:

He has a small mark on the side of his nose but it’s barely visible; he’s fine. Thanks for asking one and all.

January 26, 2009 – submitted by Lisa, Germany

Q. Hi Oracle,

My question is:

at the show “wetten dass…” on Saturday night, Will hurts himself. What is happend? Sorry for my bad school-english and thanks for the answer!



The Oracle replies:

Roadie #42 is back! You can read his blog to find out what happened to Will. Your English is very good!

November 20, 2008 – submitted by Melisa, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle,

Why does the band refer to Will as “the frightening one”?

The Oracle replies:

He’s not frightening but Will does have a very sensible head on his shoulder and when it comes to making band decisions he’s really good at putting valid points across and keeping everyone focused. He frequently has the casting vote and his decision can sometimes override the consensus!

August 22, 2008 – submitted by Priscilla, Mexico

Q. How did Will ended up as the drummer when he didn’t even play the drums??

The Oracle replies:

Will’s amazing. He’s so musical and can play many instruments. His flatmate was supposed to record drums for their E.P but wasn’t in when the band turned up. They were desperate for someone and Will offered to help them out and that is how he became the drummer.

February 2, 2009 – submitted by Elodie, France

Q. Hello Oracle !

How is Will’s nose since “the bell episode” ?

Thanks in advance…

Kisses from my Normandy !

The Oracle replies:

He has a small mark on the side of his nose but it’s barely visible; he’s fine. Thanks for asking one and all.

August 19, 2008 – submitted by Colin, Netherlands

Q. Hi,

Who is the drumtechnician for Will Champion? And I guess people would like to know the guitarists technicians..

Hope you can tell me, very interested in the drumtech..

The Oracle replies:

Will’s tech is the appropriately named Bash. Hoppy is the guitar tech and both guys have been part of the crew since the very early days.


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Don’t Panic


Don’t Panic” is the opening track to Parachutes and is a guitar-based song. It was originally called “Panic” [1] and was one of six songs played at Coldplay’s first concert in 1998. Eventually, the title became “Don’t Panic”, taken from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Radiohead used the same source to name the song “Paranoid Android”.

The song is often mistakenly referred to as “Beautiful World” due to the lyrical content.

The original version of the “Don’t Panic” was recorded in July 1999. There are several differences between this and the final album version. First, Chris Martin plays the piano during the bridge. As well, there is a feedback-distorted introduction and some modified lyrics. This version was released on The Blue Room EP.

On the A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour, “Don’t Panic” contained an entirely different introduction. In addition, Martin played the electric guitar and Jon Buckland performed a harmonica solo during the bridge. He regularly threw the harmonica into the crowd after the solo.

In 2004, the song was featured on the popular Garden State soundtrack, and received persistent exposure in Australia for over a year when it was used by Australia’s Network Ten in a series of promotional ads that ran before and after most shows, featuring its programming and personalities. The song was also featured on the debut episode of the FX TV series Rescue Me.

“Don’t Panic” is the fourth single from Coldplay’s debut album, Parachutes. Regional singles included Europe, France, the Netherlands (single and live EP), Denmark (live EP), and Australia. The UK only received a promo edition. The album version of “Don’t Panic” is featured on all versions of the single.


Music video

“Don’t Panic” music video

The music video starts off with an animated diagram of the water cycle, then portrays the band as 2-dimensional paper cutouts doing household chores, when suddenly disaster strikes the earth in the forms of floods, volcanoes and electric shocks.

It also features the yellow globe on the cover of Parachutes. The video was directed by Tim Hope, who also directed “Trouble.”

The Oracle on Don’t Panic

October 30, 2012 – submitted by Fatin, Malaysia

Q. Dear Oracle,

I’ve been wondering why does the song Don’t Panic/Beautiful World has two title?

Salam from Malaysia.

The Oracle replies:

It doesn’t; the song is called Don’t Panic.

It is often referred to as Beautiful World because of the lyrics but that’s a mistake as it’s not and never has been its title.

It was previously called Panic but that is the only other name it has ever had.

October 18, 2012 – submitted by Tzukeet, New Zealand

Q. Hi Oracle,

I’m currently listening to Don’t Panic, and wanted to ask if the high voice singing with Chris during the first chorus is one of Chris’s children? Is this right?

Thank you! 🙂

The Oracle replies:

Given that the song was written 6 years before Chris’ first child arrived – no, it’s not. It’s actually Chris singing falsetto with Jonny singing the lower vocal.

February 14, 2012 – submitted by Lisa, Canada

Q. In all the audio recordings of Shiver, is it possible that there’s one where Chris isn’t the one singing the second verse of the song? I swear I’m listening to one right now that doesn’t sound like Chris at all, but only for that second verse. Am I losing it?

The Oracle replies:

As you wrote again to say that you mean Don’t Panic, not Shiver, it now makes sense.

Chris does sing the second verse but the higher notes you hear in the background; it’s Jonny singing the main part.

February 17, 2011 – submitted by Tomas, Argentina

Q. Hello Oracle, how are you?

I hope you can answer my question. I was wondering, why is the song Don’t Panic call like this?


The Oracle replies:

That’s a tricky one Tomas because just to confuse you all, the song was originally called Panic. I’d guess the line “all of us are done for” is saying there’s no hope but on reflection the closing lyrics of having nothing to run from and someone to lean on are more hopeful; lifting the song into a more positive mood hence Don’t Panic.

June 9, 2009 – submitted by Danielle, Mozambique

Q. Is the song Don’t Panic by Coldplay trying to say about global warming and what we are doing to our beautiful world?

The Oracle replies:

It’s actually more about being optimistic and seeing that every cloud has a silver lining, which means that even though there may be a negative situation, something positive can come from it.


Bones, sinking like stones
all that we fall for
Homes, places we’ve grown
all of us are done for

We live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do Yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world

Bones, sinking like stones
All that we fought for
Homes, places we’ve grown
All of us are done for

And we live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do, yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world

Bones, sinking like stones
All that we fought for
And homes, places we’ve grown
All of us are done for

And we live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do, yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world

And we live in a beautiful world
Yeah we do, yeah we do
We live in a beautiful world

Oh, all that I know
There’s nothing here to run from
Cos yeah, everybody here’s got somebody to lean on.

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This is a discography for the band Coldplay.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, all releases are on the Parlophone label in the UK, Capitol Records|Capitol in the US and Capitol Records|Capitol/EMI in Australia.


  • #1 (UK); #51 (US); #2 (AUS); #8 (FRA); #54 (GER) 8.5 million units worldwide[1]Certifications:
  • #1 (UK); #5 (US); #1 (AUS); #1 (GER); #4 (FRA) 12 million units worldwide[2]Certifications:

  • #1 (UK); #1 (US); #1 (AUS); #1 (GER) #1 (FRA)10 million units worldwide[3]Certifications:
  • #1 (UK); #1 (US); #1 (AUS); #1 (FRA) 9 million units worldwide[4]U.S.:2xplatinum
  • #1 (UK); #1 (US); #1 (AUS); #1 (GER) 8 million units worldwide[5]U.S.:Platinum
  • #1 (UK); #1 (US); #1 (AUS); #1 (FRA) 3.7 million units worldwide[6]U.S.:Gold
  • Unreleased – Expected Late 2015-Early 2016Fan made cover
  • #13 (US); #14 (AUS); #34(GER) 3 million units worldwideU.S. Certification: Platinum
  • (Official concert and documentary release)U.K. Certification: 4x Platinum
  • (Official concert and documentary release)


  • (Official concert and documentary release)U.S. Certification: 6x Platinum
  • (Official concert and documentary release)U.K. Certification: 4x Platinum
  • (Official concert and documentary release)


  • TroubleSummer 2000Live EP, recorded in Norway, different from the single of the same name, Norway only, released on the EMI label
  • Released as a digital download


A Rush of Blood to the Head2003
A Rush of Blood to the Head2003
A Rush of Blood to the Head2003
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends2008
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends2008
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends2008
Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends2010
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire2014
  • 1 Download-only charity single; Also, available via Best Buy Christmas CD

  • 2 EU, Japan, Canada, United States, Australia & Latin America only single (Radio only in UK)

  • 3 France, Belgium & Switzerland only single


  • Up With The Birds/U.F.O. (2012, Limited 7-Inch for Record Store Day)

One I Love was released in 2003 but not considered as a single.
The singles Proof and Things I Don’t Understand were also released on iTunes, as songs that did not make the cut for X&Y.

Unofficial fan-made albums

These albums were not official albums and all considered as fan-made album. Before you buy (or download) these, please be CAREFUL.

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Twisted Logic Tour

Twisted Logic redirects here. For the song, see X&Y.

The Twisted Logic Tour was a global concert tour in support of Coldplay’s third album, X&Y. The year-long tour took the band across Europe and their native Britain, as well as to the United States and Canada. The tour concluded in July 2006 with dates in Australia, South East Asia and Japan.

Pollstar reported that the 2005 North American leg grossed an estimated $24.1 million dollars. [1]The second leg of the North American tour ended April 6, 2006 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

Footage was filmed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, on March 22 and 23, 2006, but (despite having announced a DVD release in March) they have shown the concert in Canada on Much Music. The airing date was Thursday December 14th, 2006 at 9pm and replays occurred at midnight and 3:30pm on Friday December 15th, 2006. Footage has also been shown on Spanish television and have plans to air it in other, non-specified countries. The entire concert was also leaked onto the internet almost immediately after.

This is Coldplay’s first tour not named after the album it was promoting.


“Yellow” being performed at the Air Canada Centre, 2006.The performance of Talk features a bear wandering in circles.

The Twisted Logic Tour is noted for its use of extravagant stage effects. Strobe lights and other fixtures are used to create an elaborate light show. The back of the stage contains a two story panoramic video panel that displays live footage and computer generated images, from video of a bear wandering aimlessly during “Talk” to a montage of coloured blocks from the cover of X&Y during the song “Clocks”.

Other concert highlights include:

  • A digital countdown display shown on the panoramic video screen during the song “Square One” as the band enter the stage. The timer reaches zero at the song’s explosive first chorus, followed by the crowd getting showered by red, green, and blue lights.

  • Chris Martin changing a lyric section of “Politik” or “God Put A Smile Upon Your Face” into something related to the venue or a recent news event.

  • Confetti and balloons filled with gold glitter showered on the audience during the song “Yellow” (an homage to the The Flaming Lips).

  • During Coachella 2005 Martin sang the outro to “The Scientist” backwards, reminiscent of the song’s music video. During other shows it is the track played backwards live. The Charles and Ray Eames video “Powers of Ten” plays in the background.

  • Martin running into the crowd during “In My Place” to sing with the audience.

  • Band members taking photographs before and during the show with disposable cameras before throwing them into the crowd. This was bassist Guy Berryman’s idea.

  • The band taking to the edge of the stage and performing an acoustic set of 2-3 of the following songs: “‘Til Kingdom Come”, “Don’t Panic”, “Green Eyes” and/or a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” or Bob Dylan’s “Simple Twist of Fate”.

  • Martin encouraging the audience to let their camera flashes off simultaneously as the band picks up during the bridge of “Talk”, but also done during “Low” via a message on the main screen behind the band, resulting in a dramatic explosion of light. “Talk” also featured Martin taking an audience member’s mobile phone and singing to the person on the other end.

  • Martin swinging a suspended lightbulb above his head after the second chorus of “Fix You”, followed, in outdoor shows, by fireworks as the drum fill begins.

  • A laser light show during “Clocks”, with red lasers shooting out in different directions. These were reintroduced during the second North American leg of the tour.

  • A handwritten list of songs being projected toward the stage during “Swallowed In The Sea”. This may have been an early lineup for X&Y.

  • Gradually increasing the speed of “Clocks” at the end until it abruptly concludes at a ridiculous tempo.

  • During the Australian leg of the tour, the band made several references to the Socceroos in the 2006 FIFA World Cup by altering lyrics of the songs. On the final night of the Sydney concert, the group performed the Kylie Minogue hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” as a tribute to Australia and its music industry.

  • At some concerts in Germany, Chris Martin askes the audience in German “Wo geht es zum Bahnhof?” (“Where is the next train station?”). This may be a reference to the U2 song Zoo Station.


The Twisted Logic Tour’s setlist was heavily weighted towards tracks from X&Y. The remaining material was mostly from A Rush of Blood to the Head with “Yellow” and to a lesser extent “Don’t Panic” or “Trouble” being the only holdovers from Parachutes being played with regularity. The only new song played on the tour was “How You See the World No. 2” which was from the “Help: A Day in the Life” benefit album. Earlier tours such as those in the Parachutes era debuted work-in-progress versions of tracks that would appear on A Rush of Blood to the Head. Likewise, Coldplay’s newest compositions during the A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour were included as B-sides to X&Y’s singles.

The introductory music played at the start of each concert is either Brand Nubian|Brand Nubian’s “Meaning of the 5%” or “Tomorrow Never Knows” by The Beatles. The closing music is “Good Night” by The Beatles.

The following is a sample setlist of a concert at the Spektrum in Oslo, Norway on October 31, 2005.

Main set

The Oracle on the Twisted Logic Tour

November 24, 2010 – submitted by Anna Maria, United States of America

Q. I’m sure you’re going to get a lot of this, but Coldplay did play X&Y live on the Twisted Logic Tour. It’s all over YouTube :/

The Oracle replies:

No Anna Marie; just you. If you re-read the original question you will see that they were asking if Twisted Logic was played, NOT X&Y…

November 16, 2010 – submitted by Greg, United States of America

Q. Since the X&Y tour was named Twisted Logic, did the band ever play the song by that name live?

The Oracle replies:

Strange as it may seem they did not actually perform that song live at all on the Twisted Logic tour. Some may call that twisted logic…

June 5, 2009 – submitted by mei, Malaysia

Q. Do you know if there is going to be any DVD for the Twisted Logic tour soon?

The Oracle replies:

No, that DVD was shelved and there are no plans for a release.

March 23, 2009 – submitted by Amadieu, Netherland Antilles

Q. Dear Oracle, I have an interesting question for you. As a Lampie (or light technician) myself, I really like the light bulb effect in Fix You in the Twisted Logic tour! So how did they do it and what was the idea behind it? And what happend to it in this tour? Will it ever return during one of the tours/concerts? I hope you will answer my question! Greetings from Holland!

The Oracle replies:

During preparations for the Twisted Logic Tour Chris drew sketches of various ideas; the swinging light bulb being one of them. At rehearsals the light proved difficult to integrate into the set. It wasn’t originally planned to use it during Fix You but the more practice, the more it seemed to fit perfectly well with the climax of the song. There was no turning back. However as is usual with tour production, it’s rare to repeat exact effects with the exception of large balloons during Yellow which were brought back as they worked so well and give a great audience participation opportunity.

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Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

From WikiColdplay

Viva la Vida Or Death And All His Friends is Coldplay’s fourth studio album. It was released gradually between the 11th – 17th June 2008 via Parlophone and Capitol Records. In the UK it was released on the 12th June 2008 and after being on sale for only 3 days it achieved No1 status on the official UK Album chart selling over 302,000 units.

Singer Chris Martin chose the album title after seeing the phrase, which means “long live life,” on a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who endured polio, a broken spine, and chronic pain for decades. “She went through a lot of shit, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said ‘Viva la Vida,’” says Martin. “I just loved the boldness of it.”

Of course, Frida Kahlo will not be the first name that jumps to most peoples’ minds when they hear the phrase. “Everyone thinks it comes from Ricky Martin, which is fine. I have absolute respect,” says the singer, who gave Coldplay its original name, Pectoralz, and named his children Apple and Moses. “I’ve been through this before, naming something or someone and everyone saying that ‘That’s a terrible name’. But then saying, ‘Well, fuck you, that’s what it’s called, and I’ll be proved to be right eventually’. So when Viva la Vida came along, I was kind of annoyed because I’m going to have to try and convince everybody of this, but it just felt right.”

The album will be released by EMI on different dates according to region:

  • June 11 – Japan
  • June 13 – Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Belgium & Ireland

  • June 14 – Australia & New Zealand

  • June 16 – All other locations

  • June 17 – USA & Canada
Songs for Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

On April 10th, Prospekt posted up the official tracklisting consisting of 10 songs:

  • Death And All His Friends/The Escapist

In July 2007 Coldplay revealed that the album seemed to be shaping up with Hispanic influences after having recorded in churches and other areas in Latin America and Spain, such as Barcelona. On their website, the band also described taking acoustic guitars and basic recording equipment to churches and experimenting with particular sounds. However, in the same note, it was stressed that the influence was not in any specific sound but a general feel to the songs taken as a whole.

What follows is a listing of all known songs written during the LP4 sessions:

  • 42 (aka Thought You Might Be a Ghost)
  • Life In Technicolor (aka Life in Technicolor ii)

  • Lost! (aka Lost?, Lost+)

Special Editions

  • Prospekts March Edition

The release of the Prospekts March EP also ushered a 2-CD edition of the album. It featured a different album cover in black and gold with the album and Prospekts March included together.

  • Tour Edition

An Asian-only release, this edition featured a different album cover with the ‘VIVA’ logo as featured on the Tour Programme. This 2-disc edition featured a DVD with all the videos: Violet Hill, Viva La Vida, Lovers In Japan, Lost!, Life In Technicolor ii, and Strawberry Swing.

The Origin Of ‘Viva la Vida’

Chris Martin at the Frida Kahlo Museum in March 2007

Coldplay may have decided on ‘Viva la Vida’ for the name for the fourth album as far back as March 2007, can reveal.

‘Viva La Vida’ can have different meanings, and is translated into various phrases, depending on the language and culture. The first meaning that comes to mind of any Spanish speaker when hearing “Viva la Vida” is ‘Live Life’ or ‘Live The Life’. A reverse translation of ‘Long Live Life’ would be ‘La Vida Vive’, or ‘the life lives on’.

But for those born and raised in Mexico (which is where the phrase eminates from) ‘Long Live Life’ translates correctly into ‘Viva la Vida’, and is used to celebrate life. The local Mexican meaning of ‘Viva…’ is to exclaim and celebrate.

The picture right was taken outside Frida Kahlo’s house (which nowadays is a museum) last year during the Latin American tour 2007. Chris Martin bought three books about her paintings and her life.

LP4 Chronology: 2006 → 2007 → 2008

Early in December 2006, Coldplay’s official website announced a new Latin American tour for the beginning of 2007. Coldplay toured venues in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. The band is currently in the process of writing material for their fourth studio album and are “keen to play some intimate shows to try out their new songs”. In early December 2006, it was announced at that the next album was set for release in late 2007. The band has denied this through a Question and Answer section on their official website.

There are four known new songs: Mining On The Moon, The Butterfly, The Fall Of Man and Bucket For A Crown (which was debuted at an unplanned appearance at a benefit for the UK charity Mencap, when the frontman Chris Martin sang it among two of Bob Dylan’s songs, and a cover of “When You Were Young” by The Killers. It is unknown whether these songs will appear on the upcoming album.

On January 26, 2007, during an interview on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, musician and producer Brian Eno revealed that he would be the producer for Coldplay’s fourth album. The band confirmed this through a Question and Answer section on their official website.

In March 2007, famed producer Timbaland told GQ Magazine that he would be collaborating with the band on their next album.

On May 1, 2007, was temporarily shut down. When the site was accessed, a note appeared atop an image of the previous site, reading: We are building a new site. It will be here VERY soon. Love, Coldplay. On June 18, 2007, the site was relaunched with a new design that resembles a journal timeline with hand written excerpts, pictures, and videos. As of August 16, 2007, the website does not contain any new official information on the new album such as release date and album title, but content found on the band’s new site hints that the new album title may be Prospekt. The site also includes notes on sessions with Eno and Markus Draagainevs, stating that the lyrics are “much more abstract, much more visual than before,” and that the music is “less straight-forward, more oblique.”

Rolling Stones’ Smoking Section was backstage at Wembley Stadium (or “Wembledon,” as the Tap’s Nigel Tufnel dubbed it), to suck up all the dirt at the London leg of Live Earth. Here is their report after bumping into Coldplay’s Will Champion:

When we walked out into the VIP bleachers, we ran into Coldplay drummer (and one of the nicest dudes in the music biz) Will Champion, who had a tattoo on his arm of his own baby’s handprint. He told us that Coldplay is still in the studio, with producers including Brian Eno. They spent six months rehearsing their new songs, and, Will says, they’re “60 percent” done with the record. Chris Martin is in New York, working on vocals.

In July 2007 Coldplay revealed that the album seemed to be shaping up with Hispanic influences after having recorded in churches and other areas in Latin America and Spain, such as Barcelona. On their website, the band also described taking acoustic guitars and basic recording equipment to churches and experimenting with particular sounds. However, in the same note, it was stressed that the influence was not in any specific sound but a general feel to the songs taken as a whole.

On September 5, 2007, Coldplay revealed the track names of the new record on their website. It will be a short record (approx. 42 minutes) with approximately 9 songs, which will be chosen out of the following:

  • Rainy Day

The song “42” may have something to do with the 42 songs that were trashed during the X&Y sessions, or it may have something to do with the decision to make the record approximately 42 minutes long. It may also be a double reference to the answer to life, the universe and everything that appears in Douglas Adams’ science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, as other references have been made previously: the title of the song Don’t Panic and the video to Talk, which showed a robot identical to Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Four other songs were written at various places throughout the list, but they were entirely blacked out, either indicating that they had been taken out of consideration, or the titles were not meant to be known. One of these blacked out names may be the name of the fourth album, as previous tracks have been for Parachutes, A Rush Of Blood To The Head and X&Y.

On 12th October 2007, NME announced that Coldplay’s fourth album was at mixing stage. They wrote:

Coldplay have reached the mixing stage of their fourth album, it has been revealed. Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) revealed that his producer Jon Hopkins has been working on the production of Coldplay’s new album. He told BBC 6Music that Hopkins recently mixed a song with Coldplay’s Chris Martin.

“He’s [Hopkins] done a mix of a song for them [Coldplay], I think they’re really happy with that,” said Anderson, before going on to explain that Hopkins had been playing keyboard on the new album.

“He’s sitting in as their sort of guest keyboard player,” he said. “They’ve been rehearsing for the new album, and he’s sitting in doing keyboard parts, so I think they’re trying stuff out. I don’t know whether he’ll get to go and play live with the band or not.”

On October 26, 2007 a message on suggested that two new songs titled Famous Old Painters and Glass Of Water have recently been written and added to consideration for the band’s upcoming fourth album. While this announcement suggests further delays for the new album’s release the composer of the message assures readers that “the self imposed deadline… still stands.”

As of December 11, 2007, no release date has been set for Coldplay’s fourth album. According to the band’s website it will still be a few months until the album’s release date and contents are finalized. It has been quoted as “the album people will remember them by” as well as a concise record “with at least two top-division songs being released independently.”

On December 11, 2007 another message on stated the album was in mixing stage. It revealed the use of a colliery brass band (tubes, trumpets, french horns, etc.) for the song Famous Old Painters.

In the February edition of Q magazine, an estimated release date of May/June 2008 was set but not confirmed. The magazine also revealed details of the songs Cemeteries Of London, Lost!, Yes!, Glass Of Water and Famous Old Painters. The band went for hypnosis sessions to try out new things and go out of their own comfort zone. It has been cited that the new album would sound like a brand new Coldplay.

On February 1, 2008, it was revealed that news songs were being recorded, an older song being re-recorded, new melodies and lyrics being added to older songs, and that the band should complete its mixing process by the end of the month. Two new songs were revealed: Lovers In Japan and Strawberry Swing. It was also confirmed that ‘Prospekt’ is not the title of the 4th album.

The Observer on 24th February, 2008 gave us more information on Coldplay’s new album, and in particular, details of this track and the new CD artwork. Here’s what they had to say:

Coldplay were persuaded to write the closing credit track for new British film The Escapist, a Sundance hit. Now the band have seen and loved the film, they have decided to include ‘Song for the Escapist’ on their forthcoming album. I hear, too, that the record company was a little miffed at having to redesign the CD artwork to include the song on the track listing, but the band insisted and their patronage will, I’m sure, give this tough British film a boost.

28th February 2008 was one of the most fruitful days for new details of the songs on Coldplay’s fourth album. The song synopsis for nine tracks was revealed via a Rolling Stone online article posted earlier on that day, including new titles Death And All His Friends, Chinese Sleep Chant, Life In Technicolor and Reign Of Love. Meanwhile, Chris Martin says that Coldplay’s impending new album, due out this May, is so different to their first three that he’s fully aware “everyone might not like it.”

The band are currently busy putting the finishing touches to the record in North London with the legendary Brian Eno, and, speaking from the studio, they made it explicit that this album should be treated as a separate entity to their other works. Guitarists Jonny Buckland explains: “We felt like the first three albums were a trilogy, and we finished that. So we wanted to do something different.”

  • Chris Martin: ‘Not Everyone Will Like Our New Album’ (20080228)

On 29th February 2008, Coldplay announced that they will be headlining the 2008 Summer Sonic festival in Japan, and on 13th March 2008 we learned that they would be headlining the first ever Pemberton festival in Canada.

On 17th March 2008, new images of Coldplay’s new website surfaced via their official web designers, In them, are confirmation that the album title has already been announced and seems to point in the direction of the title being Famous Old Painters.

The screenshots also give a clue to three new concert dates for the UK as 25th June at London’s Wembley Arena, 26th June in Birmingham and 29th June at the Apollo in Manchester. However these dates appear unsubstantiated as they clash with other artists performing at the venues. There is also links for a forthcoming signed Lithograph competition.

On 18th March 2008, it was revealed that Coldplay’s fourth album, due out on June 16th [UK], June 17th [US], will be called Viva la Vida.

Singer Chris Martin chose it after seeing the phrase, which means “long live life,” on a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, who endured polio, a broken spine, and chronic pain for decades. “She went through a lot of shit, of course, and then she started a big painting in her house that said ‘Viva la Vida,’” says Martin. “I just loved the boldness of it.”

Of course, Frida Kahlo will not be the first name that jumps to most peoples’ minds when they hear the phrase. “Everyone thinks it comes from Ricky Martin, which is fine. I have absolute respect,” says the singer, who gave Coldplay its original name, Pectoralz, and named his children Apple and Moses. “I’ve been through this before, naming something or someone and everyone saying that ‘That’s a terrible name’. But then saying, ‘Well, fuck you, that’s what it’s called, and I’ll be proved to be right eventually’. So when Viva la Vida came along, I was kind of annoyed because I’m going to have to try and convince everybody of this, but it just felt right.”

However, the following day, the official Coldplay website reported that the album name will be Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends. Also, in the latest Prospekt message, Prospekt says that the album will be done in a week.

On 10th April 2008, a new journal entry appeared on announcing the tracklist and release date, as well as hinting at new tracks to be released prior to the album’s release.

On 27th April 2008, was updated to reveal the official ‘Viva la Vida’ artwork as well as the free release of Violet Hill, which was able to be downloaded for one week from Tuesday April 29 at 12:15pm UTC. Free concert dates were also added at Brixton Academy, London on Monday 16 June as well as a free show at Madison Square Garden on Monday 23 June.

The new copy of NME magazine, which was due out on 7th May 2008, includes a single of Violet Hill as well as a B-Side, [A Spell A Rebel Yell]]. This single was not be available anywhere else.

The album’s artwork featured the classic painting Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple) by French painter Eugène Delacroix commemorating the July Revolution of 1830. It is currently on display in The Louvre in Paris.

On 15 June 2008, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends topped the UK album chart, despite having been on sale for only three days. In that time, it sold 302,000 copies — making it “one of the fastest-selling records in UK history”. By the end of June, it had set a new record for most-downloaded album ever. The band have said that they will release another album in late 2009, that may feature a collaboration track with Kylie Minogue, called “Lhuna!”.


The powers-that-be tell me that it’ll be available for general concumption on June 16/17, depending on where you live. We’ll try to release a track or two before then…


March 19, 2008 – Portland, Maine

Album should be finished by the end of the week. I’ll write up a tracklisting once we’ve finally decided what it’s going to be.


PS – The actual title of the album is… ‘Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends’. We’re finalising the tracklisting today.

Wednesday 30th January (2008) – Devon, UK

Back home for a few days. A brief rest before the final push.

Another four or five weeks and we should be home and dry: another ten mixes to re-recording one of the songs from scratch. In times gone by I would have set aside a month to re-record a track. However, the week before Christmas, we recorded two tracks in four days – Lovers In Japan and Strawberry Swing. On the fifth day (Friday), Chris put down new lyrics (and new melodies) on two other tracks. It was far and away the most productive and exciting week we’ve ever had in the studio. I was buzzing all through Christmas.

Since then, mixing has been slow and painstaking but that’s just the nature of the beast. So… give us another month or so and we might just have an album worthy of your patience.

PS – album title ≠ prospekt!

Thursday 6th December, 2007 – Mixing, New York

The ups and downs come thick and fast at this point in proceedings. One minute we’re all buzzing about the mix of Prospekt’s March; the next we’re crippled by doubt over the drum track for Lost! One minute we’re over the moon about a new artwork idea; the next, we’re all gloomy about our slow progress in designing the live show. Later today, we’ve got a meeting about and how to make it the best darn website out there.

So, as you can gather, there’s a lot going on… we’re trying to pull all the threads together and get these songs (and all the hoopla that goes with them) ready to present to the big wide world. The funny thing is (and this is always the case), the creative momentum just keeps gathering. There’s no sense of consolidation or winding down. In a couple of hours, we’ve got a colliery brass band (tubes, trumpets, French horns etc) coming in from Brooklyn to reinvent the third verse of ‘Famous Old Painters’. Hats off to producer Markus (Dravs) for finding a group of musicians playing a style of music unique to a small area of Northern England in New York City at 24 hours’ notice.

And Chris just keeps on writing… he’s shown me five new songs in the last two days. I seriously don’t know when he sleeps.


Friday 26 October 2007 – London

The self-imposed deadline looms and new songs have arrived. Famous Old Painters and Glass Of Water. It’s as if the pressure is a catalyst. The pressure to finish has triggered a new writing surge. However, the deadline still stands…

With two new songs to explore and record, there’s a lot of extra work. But it can still be done. The sense of focus, in the studio, is palpable. Much credit must go to producer Marcus Dravs for pushing to the point of exhaustion but never beyond.

It feels like a very dense record. There are so many melodies and colours packed into a relatively short space (42 mins). As you’d expect with Brian Eno, there’s experimentation, and exploration. But the music still has integrity. It’s real and honest. There’s no posturing or bombast.

The next few weeks will be intense. There’s no doubt about that. I’ve already developed (a) a small patch of alapecia on my hand. Guy’s got insomnia and Chris is up and down like a yo-yo. But when the deadline comes and the work is done, this will be the album I always dreamed we’d make.


Friday, 21 September – London Studio Diary

This is the album I always dreamed they would make. It’s the sound of a band realizing their own strength. The sound of four men with total confidence in themselves and one another.

It’s the sound of a songwriter at the peak of his ability. Lyrically and melodically, Chris seems to have broken through past constraints. There’s a new confidence to venture beyond the limit of the known and comfortable. An urge to explore and discover. His energy is electrifying – sometimes intimidating. A manic bundle of love, passion, and rage. A veracious appetite for life, eagerly devouring every minute of every day. He knows that time is short.

Jonny, too, has explored a whole new universe of sounds magicking up a new world for each song. His guitars are all over this album. Will has manipulated, mashed and spliced beats and time signature to produce rhythms that lead rather than follow the song. Guy – always the tastemaker and musical authority of the band – has guided and shaped the whole process always pushing but unafraid to rein things in when necessary.

The four of them together make up a formidable unit, and this is the album people will remember them by.


5th September 2007 – Tracks Unveiled

All back in the same room after a month off. I’ve missed the buzz. We’re still a few months from finishing, but already the arguments about tracklisting have begun. The plan has always been to make a short record. No more than 42 minutes, 9 songs (give or take) selected from the following:

  • Lost!
  • ????

  • Rainy Day

To use a tired analogy, it’s like picking a football team. It’s not simply about individual talent, but overall cohesion and combined effectiveness.The bigger picture. An album that you can listen to from start to finish. The danger of this is that great songs may get left off the album because they don’t “fit”.

I have to confess that, as a confirmed non-musician, this approach slightly worries me. My feeling is that the album should be made up of the nine best recordings. If that means eight thrash metal tracks and one ballad then so be it. However that’s not the way the band see it and I have to respect their integrity.

Expect a short, concise record, with no fat and at least two top-division songs released independently.


24th July 2007 – Coldplay Recording In Catalan Churches

We’ve been travelling light – an acoustic guitar, a couple of mics, a laptop and some headphones. We’re recording in Barcelona – moving from church to church, setting up where we can: in front of the altar, under the pulpit. We’ve been playing at the feet of archangels. It’s an odd scene: a host of saints look down impassively upon four unkept band members, circled around a single mic stand – singing loudly together as recorded guitars reverberate around the church.

They’re laying down backing vocals. Brian often joints them: group – singing is one of his great joys. Markus operates the recording and playback on his computer, asking for countless takes until he is finally satisfied.

The sights, sounds and flavours of Latin America and Spain have definitely infused into this album. The band visited Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Mexico earlier this year. Chris then came with the idea of recording in Spain. The music and lyrics have begun to reflect the strengthening Hispanic theme. No maracas or castanets, but a vibracy and colourfulness that owes much to the atmospheres of Buenos Aires and Barcelona. The effect is subtle but important.


5th July 2007 – ‘Tension and Confidence’ Making LP4

One aspect of the recording process that I’ll never get used to is tension.

Tension is an inherent part of recording. Without tension, there’s no focus. Without focus, the work becomes shoddy and ineffectual. Tension means that people actually give a shit. I myself am not very good at dealing with tension. That’s why I only spend short periods of time in the studio. I dip in and out. I’m too thin-skinned to thrive in the studio atmosphere.
If you place six strong-willed men in a small room for ten months, working ten to twelve hour days on something they all care about passionately, friction is inevitable. What is remarkable is that this friction very rarely ignites into flame.

The key is communication – on Monday we had a five hour meeting. We discussed our approach, our methods, our timetable, our goals and pretty much anything else that came into our minds. Brian drew up a list of all 25 pieces of music that have been worked on during this session. The four band members, Brian, Markus and I all shared our thoughts on each and every track: how close it was to completion, what needed to be added, what needed to be removed or replaced, what sounded new and exciting, what sounded tired and old. The meeting was a ruthless dissection of all the work done so far. Markus was particularly brutal (as usual).

Very little material got unreserved thumbs up from everyone. However, far from feeling dispirited, we all came out feeling a lot more confident. It feels a lot better to check the map and know which direction you’re headed and how far you’ve got to go rather than wander around aimlessly and hope for the best.


20th June 2007 – Control Room

The control room is tiny. Literally smaller than my bedroom. The live room isn’t much bigger. About the size of the rehearsal room we used to have pre-record deal.

Brian Eno sits behind his laptop towards the back of the control room. A benevolent schoolmaster with the unquestioning respect of his charges. When he speaks, we listen. Markus Dravg [sp] prowls around the room like a big cat in a zoo. A heavyweight boxer with a paintbrush.

Two very different people, both equally formidable. Together Brian and Markus have introduced a sense of discipline that never existed in previous album sessions. The atmosphere is tense and urgent.

I’ve never seen the band so willing to be led, to be pushed. Chris just burst into my little room upstairs at the studio. He’s been working on lyrics. Much more abstract, much more visual than before. This is reflected in the music too: less straightforward, more oblique.

There’s a long way to go, but the initial auspices are good.


Chris Martin in Mexico City says…

Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin said Sunday his band is working on a new album featuring what he called a quintessential song that everybody should hear “before we die.”

Martin and his band spoke hours before the final concert of a Latin American tour that took them to Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. The band said it plans to return to the studio after a two-year hiatus to record an album that will have a different sound from “X&Y,” which has sold more than 2 million copies since it was released in 2005. Coldplay’s label, Capitol Records, is part of London’s EMI Group PLC.

“I think for a long time people felt like we were a band in black-and-white, and now we feel like because we have this incredible job, now we can do whatever we like and try all kinds of new things,” Martin said.
He added that the record will include what could be Coldplay’s best song yet.

“In order for us to get excited about a new album, we have to have one song that we feel like everybody has to hear … before we die, otherwise we’ll be terribly depressed,” Martin said. “So luckily with this new record we’re going to make, we have that one song.”

“I can’t tell you about it, but it’s basically genius,” he joked.

Martin, who celebrated his 30th birthday on a Mexican beach last week, also said he is proud of Coldplay’s activism to raise awareness about free trade practices around the globe and support poor farmers in developing countries.

Martin is a spokesman for the British aid group Oxfam’s “Make Trade Fair” campaign, and Oxfam volunteers provide information on free trade and distribute petitions at Coldplay’s concerts.
The singer said he has hope for the future with less than two years left in President Bush’s term. “I think we’re all excited, everyone in the world is excited about the American elections next year,” he said. “Sometimes it’s easy to give up all hope.”

LP4 Archived Information From 2006

What do we know about the 4th Coldplay studio album so far? The highly anticipated album is set to be released in late 2007, and there is already evidence that material has been written. At a charity gig on Monday, 27th November 2006, Chris Martin performed a four-song set, including two Bob Dylan covers, a song by The Killers and a brand new Coldplay song titled ‘Bucket For A Crown’. Chris claimed that he had written the brand new Coldplay song just the night before with the help of a violin player who also joined him on stage.

On the 26 January 2007 during an interview on BBC’s Radio 4, musician and producer Brian Eno mentioned he would be producing the new album. Asked whether it would sound anything like his previous works with band Talking Heads, Eno replied, “funnily enough, I mentioned to David Byrne the other day that we are trying very hard to stay clear of Talking Heads.”

This is a far cry from the newspaper headlines the day after the Brit Awards 2006 when Chris Martin startled Coldplay fans as he announced: “We won’t see you for a long time.” COLDPLAY QUIT, the headlines screamed. This was news to the British rock ‘n’ roll quartet, left scrambling to deny rumors of its demise. “The thing about becoming a bigger band is your statements get made to be bigger than they really are,” Martin says.

Chris Martin turned into Eric Cantona when the media caught up with the Coldplay singer and asked him about his farewell-to-the-Brits moment. Speaking at EMI’s exclusive party at the Baglioni Hotel, Chris said: “You know, if the fox stays in the hole for too long it might get shot. Sometimes the fox needs to get back into its hole.”

There was still confusion about how long Coldplay would be away before returning from self-imposed exile. Chris sparked global panic when he told the star-studded Brits it would be “a few years before you see us again”.

Picking up one of the band’s two awards – they won Best Album and Best British Single for Speed Of Sound – he said: “People are fed up with us. So are we.”

Later, Chris tried to clear things up. He said: “I suppose everyone thinks we’re jammy bastards after winning two awards. After we won I thought ‘we must have paid someone a lot of money’.”

Chris insisted the band’s retreat from the front line was not permanent, before making his bizarre fox-in-the-hole reference. He then admitted: “It’s three in the morning – maybe I’m not making much sense! So you’d better work out what that means on your own.”

Chris is expected to spend more time with wife Gwyneth Paltrow and daughter Apple and son Moses. But a source close to the star said: “The band is Chris’s passion, but they’ve been in each other’s pockets on the road for 16 months touring the X&Y album. They think an extended break will do them all good.”

The rumours were finally put to bed when a spokesman for the band said: “Coldplay are not quitting. They are touring until July 2006 and will then continue work on new material.”

Back In The Studio

In April, Chris said he had promised his bandmates to get back into the studio at the end of the year. At the same time, Guy announced: “We hope to have something together by January. We’re going to make sure with our new album that everyone remembers why Coldplay are one of the best bands in the world.”

Speaking in the US, Coldplay’s manager Dave Holmes told Billboard: “They’re definitely hungry to get back in the studio to make another record; they’ve got a lot of material. So for next year we’re looking at building a tour around their recording schedule. Ultimately it could potentially mean we end up releasing another record [2006] and continuing to tour well into ’07.”

Bassist Guy Berryman said that the group feel inspired to experiment more with their new songs. “I don’t want to generalise it and say ‘We’re going to become electronic’ because I don’t think we are going to become truly electronic,” he said. “I think there’s going to be elements of lots of things. It’s hard to say, all the ideas are just spinning around inside my head and I’ve got a lot of new toys to play with. I always like our next record to be a bit harder sounding. Not rock harder just edgier. We’ll always have melody.”

On ‘X&Y’ many of the songs didn’t feel right to the band until they locked themselves away, just four members, and hammered them out live. This is a lesson Coldplay have learned for album four. “In the same way that we had loads of songs ready when we went in to do the last record and the record before, we’re at that stage now where we’ve got songs,” Champion explained. “I think they will need a lot of work, we need to learn how to play them. We’ve learnt from mistakes on the last record in terms of the idea that it’s most important for us to play the songs together and to have them as live as possible.”

New Coldplay Headquarters – London

Inspired by the German group Kraftwerk’s Kling Klang studio where no outsiders are allowed, Will Champion announced plans on 25th February 2006 to look for a studio to invest in. “We’re trying to find somewhere we can set up and work from. In all these years working together we haven’t had a headquarters, our own studio or anything like that. We want somewhere that we can hole up and see what happens,” Will Told NME.

Later that year, on 19th October 2006, confirmed Coldplay had invested in their own headquarters in Hampstead, London, as their permanent head-quarters, where they planned to work on their new album and stay close to their families. The move seemingly ended speculation that Coldplay’s future was uncertain. It was claimed the band have now entered a legal contract making them joint owners of the building which contains state-of-the-art recording studios and offices.

One ‘interested party’ asks…

Shortly afterwards, Debs Wild (publisher of the official website and friend of the band) confirmed rumours in the official site’s Q&A section that the band was already back in the studio, smashing rumours they’d be “on a break”:

Q. So where exactly in Hampstead is it? And how much have they bought it for? Have you seen it? What is it like? Big? Small? Did you get a tour? Will they be working in it every weekday, when they are off their ‘break’?

A. They’re not on a ‘break’. They’re just in between albums, so they go to the studio a lot as it’s being put together. I’m not going to give out the address though! Nor the cost! I have seen it. It’s great, but not finished yet.

Coldplay To Unveil New Songs In Latin America In 2007

Coldplay will unveil a batch of new songs during a Latin American tour in February and March. The trek will begin with a Feb. 14-16 stand in Santiago, Chile, and will run through a March 3 show in Mexico City.

“Having received such a phenomenal response to their last Latin American trip in 2003, [the band] personally chose to return to the region,” reads a post on Coldplay’s website, which also lists details for ticket onsales. The new material is earmarked for Coldplay’s fourth studio album, which is tipped for a late 2007 release via Capitol. It will be the follow-up to 2005’s “X&Y,” which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

Here are Coldplay’s 2007 tour dates:

The Oracle on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

June 12, 2013 – submitted by Laura, United Kingdom

Q. I know this is random but it’s pretty important to me! Basically I’ve always thought I had the same birthday as Viva la Vida (12th June as it says on your website) however on other sites it says the 11th June? Which date is correct? I hope this website is right as it’s my favourite album and I love the idea of sharing a birthday with it! Thanks!

The Oracle replies:

Oh it all used to be far simpler when all albums were released on Mondays!

VLV was released on different dates in different territories, for example, 11th June in Japan. Here in the UK it was released on the 12th.

That means that today is Viva’s birthday! Last week was X&Y’s…

July 25, 2011 – submitted by Asger, Denmark

Q. Hi Oracle.

In the upper left corner of the two middle pages in the Viva booklet, just above Lovers In Japan there stands something like SAMMAJNYCV??, obviously an abbreviation. Do you have any idea of what it means?


The Oracle replies:

Yes, I do. However… there’s a mistake so it’s actually incorrect. Doh! You have probably guessed that I am not going to tell you. I might do one day in the future but for now, let’s keep an air of mystery about it.

June 8, 2010 – submitted by Alex, United States of America

Q. What is the person unwrapping in this video? It looks to be a fake live DVD but I’m not sure… seems like a lot of work just to trick a few people. Any idea as to what it is?

The Oracle replies:

It’s not actually a fake; it’s a legitimate Asian release that does indeed include a DVD of videos for Violet Hill, Viva La Vida, Lost!, Lovers In Japan, Life In Technicolor ii and Strawberry Swing.

May 6, 2010 – submitted by Jean, Philippines

Q. Hi Oracle!

How come it was stated in the album booklet of Viva la Vida album: “Paintings by Eugene Delacroix” though what I read in Wikipedia was: the painting used in the album cover art was by Frida Kahlo?

The Oracle replies:

No, the album name was taken from a Kahlo painting but the actual cover was Liberty Leading the People, a painting by Eugene Delacroix.

April 1, 2009 – submitted by Zeashanashraf, United Arab Emirates

Q. How did the idea for the VIVA logo come up? Was it first painted on Chris’ piano or used as the site’s logo? Who’s the mastermind behind it?

The Oracle replies:

The band came up with the idea but it was Will who painted the logo. It was originally painted on a wall at The Bakery (their HQ).

There was another colour option before the black/red combo was decided upon.

March 25, 2009 – submitted by Christi, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle, Forgive me if this is common knowledge but I’m a fairly new Coldplay fan. What are the paintings on the cover art of the Viva la Vida and Prospekt’s March?

The Oracle replies:

Both feature original paintings by Eugène Delacroix. The first being Liberty Leading the People, the latter is called the Battle of Poitiers.

September 12, 2008 – submitted by Ruth, United States of America

Q. On Viva La Vida it credits Tim Crompton for “Good advice”. Who is this wise Mr. Crompton?

The Oracle replies:

Tim is one of the band’s closest friends. He is a singer, songwriter and musician. He was in a band called Coldplay and then he changed that name to The Bettina Motive. He’s currently in The High Wire.

August 12, 2008 – submitted by Guillermo, Mexico

Q. Why there were rumors of which the new disc would be called “Prospekt”?

The Oracle replies:

There was a track that was being considered for inclusion on Viva la Vida called Prospekt’s March. During recording journals were written by Prospekt. This led to many thinking the album would be titled so. It was actually mentioned as a potential name but that was in the early stages.

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Postcards From Far Away

Sheet music for Postcards From Far Away

Postcards From Far Away is an acoustic piano instrumental interlude written during sessions for Coldplay’s fourth album, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends, but was left off the final album.

Part of the piano score for the song was released as downloadable wallpaper from’s Widgets section, allowing people to peform the track themselves. It was eventually released on the Prospekt’s March EP, some time after it became a regular part of the setlist for the Viva La Vida Tour.

It is regularly performed as an outro to the solo piano version of The Hardest Part, and the two songs were released together on LeftRightLeftRightLeft in 2009.

The Oracle on Postcards From Far Away

June 2, 2009 – submitted by Christopher, Germany
Q. Hey,
Postcards From Far Away is written by Chris Martin or Will Champion?
The Oracle replies:
This is a question that has popped up a few times recently. All songs are credited to the whole band but that particular piece is purely a piano composition so the band didn’t need to get involved as they do on other tracks; Chris wrote it.

May 15, 2009 – submitted by Shany, Israel
Q. Dear Oracle.
I have an important question to you. Whenever my 9 years old brother hears Postcards From Far Away he says it can’t be considered as a song ’cause it have no words. What should I tell him?
Thank you, honorable Oracle.
The Oracle replies:
Well technically your son is correct, as a song is by definition a piece of music with lyrics. Postcards From Far Away is a composition but over time it’s commonly accepted that even without words we can call it a song.

October 20, 2008 – submitted by Julian, Germany
Q. Dear Oracle!
I attended Coldplay’s concert in Strasbourg, and after The Hardest Part I realized that Chris was beginning to play Postcards From Far Away! Is this the whole song, or was it just an excerpt taken from the original song?
The Oracle replies:
The song is very short, clocking in at under a minute. It precedes Glass Of Water but is still a song in its own right, brief as it is.

September 25, 2008 – submitted by Mariano, Venezuela
Q. Hello Oracle! Can you please tell us if Postcards From Far Away is purely instrumental as presented on Tour or it has lyrics? GRACIAS!
The Oracle replies:
It is the same as the tour version. Sublime isn’t it? Some people assume it’s a classical piece and don’t realize it’s actually the aforementioned Postcards…

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Life In Technicolor ii

Life in Technicolor ii artwork.

Life In Technicolor ii (also written as “Life in Technicolor II”), is a song written during sessions for Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends. It was due to become the opening track for the album, but was later added to the album as an instrumental with most of the vocals stripped from it. The vocal version of the song later saw release as a single on the Prospekt’s March EP. In essence, Life In Technicolor ii is the full, vocal version of the instrumental song Life In Technicolor.


  • 10 Lyrics


The band reportedly chose to make the song an instrumental this in response to a comment that the song was “the obvious single”. Chris Martin: “It’s nice to not have a singer on the first song come in and ruin it. This is our milkman song, the most whistleable thing. We took all the lyrics off because this song was our only safety net.”

The instrumental Life In Technicolor features a different, sampled intro that forms the basis for The Escapist, the closing song on the album. Both songs sample from “Light Through The Veins”, a song by Jon Hopkins. Life In Technicolor ii however does not use the sample and bears no relation to The Escapist.

The instrumental was illegally leaked onto the internet over a month before the album’s release, in the form of a flash video of the band playing the song in studio with producer Brian Eno. Both versions of the song came to be performed together live on the Viva La Vida Tour, with Life in Technicolor opening the concert and Life In Technicolor ii appearing in the encore as the closing song.

Life In Technicolor ii starts with a loop consisting of a santoor accompanied by tabla-like percussion. The loop is then repeated through the verses and part of the chorus. The music video, at the song’s start, features a puppet santoor player and a puppet tabla player, before the band puppets enter the stage.


A promo CD single for the song was released in December 2008. The Life In Technicolor ii single was made available on 2nd February 2009 on 7″ vinyl and digital download, and was accompanied by a video which premiered on Channel 4 in the UK and via the official site on 12th January 2009.

The single includes the previously unreleased and unheard track The Goldrush, one of the few Coldplay songs featuring lead vocals by drummer Will Champion and also includes additional vocals by Brian Eno.


  1. Life in Technicolor ii (Radio Edit) – 3:37

  2. Life in Technicolor ii (EP version) – 4:05

US Promotional CD

  1. Life In Technicolor ii (Radio Edit) – 3:37

  2. Life In Technicolor ii (EP Version) – 4:05

US Promotional CD – 2nd Version

  1. Life In Technicolor ii (Pop Edit) – 3:14

  2. Life In Technicolor ii (Radio Edit) – 3:37

  3. Life In Technicolor ii (Instrumental) – 4:07

US Radio CD

  1. Life in Technicolor ii (Radio Edit) – 3:12


Life In Technicolor ii was nominated for two 2010 Grammy Awards for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” and “Best Short Form Music Video”.

The Life In Technicolor ii video was nominated in the Best Art Direction in a Video and Best Visual Effects in a Video categories at the UK Music Video Awards 2009.

References in popular culture

The instrumental version of this song (released on the Viva La Vida album) can be heard as the film Night at the Museum 2 ends during a scene with Ben Stiller and Amy Adams. It was also used on Sky Sports’ “Ford Super Sunday” coverage during the 2008/2009 as well as “Match of the Day” during the same season.

This version was used at the beginning of the Great Yarmouth (UK) HIppodrome Circus show 2009. NFL Network also used it for their coverage of the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine and also for their coverage of the 2009 NFL Draft.

The song was also played during the opening montage of the 2009 ESPY Awards.

Music video

The video for “Life In Technicolor ii” was directed by Dougal Wilson. It features the band as ‘Punch and Judy’ style puppets performing at a village fair. Numerous children are watching a Punch and Judy show, which gives way to the musical performance. As the video progresses, the show gets more and more elaborate with the stage doubling in size, a large catwalk extending into the audience, and smoke, pyrotechnics and special effects. The performance appears to spoof Coldplay’s concerts. Finally, the band members board a helicopter that exits the village hall smashing through a window. The video ends with Will Champion’s puppet throwing his drumsticks out of the helicopter into the hands of one of the children.

As a result of the video, the puppets have been featured ‘on tour’ on Coldplay’s official website. Photos of the puppets are taken at popular locations in various cities that the band visit on their ‘Viva La Vida’ Tour. The offical programme for the tour was also updated in 2009 with the puppets on the front cover.

A Coldplay source said: “The puppets were Chris’s idea. The band wanted to do something funny and light-hearted. The videos so far have been quite serious and performance-based. This time they wanted to do something that had a lot of humour in it and that slightly sent up the band too.”

Video reviews

Since the exclusive release of Coldplay’s new video for ‘Life In Technicolor ii’, blogs and media sources watched and inwardly digested the puppet video and posted online reviews. Here are a few picks:

Coldplay have unveiled their new video for the Prospekt’s March EP track, “Life In Technicolor ii,” the sequel to Viva La Vida’s instrumental opener. The Dougal Wilson-directed clip begins with a Punch & Judy-esque show being performed for nursery schoolers, but soon a puppet version of Chris Martin and the rest of Coldplay take the stage. What follows is pyrotechnics, crowd-surfing and awesome stop-motion puppeteering. To complete the authenticity of what a Coldplay show would look like if the members were under a foot tall and made out of wood, there’s even puppet roadies. What’s up with the sudden renaissance of puppetry in music videos lately? (Insert “artists are puppets of the industry” joke here.) First Kanye West explored this lost art with his “Champion” video and planned comedy sketch show. It’s like the entire music industry sat down for a mandatory viewing of Being John Malkovich. Or Bride of Chucky. []

Coldplay has just released a new video for their single “Life In Technicolor II”. The video shows the band in puppet form, as they perform at a child’s birthday party. It is rather charming, as it shows the bands over the top bombastics in puppet form (including a full on light show with fog and fireworks). How can one not be amused at the idea of Coldplay breaking through someones window in a helicopter? The song itself really should have been on Viva La Vida, as it is superior to it’s instrumental counterpart. Unfortunately, they decided to put LIT II it on their EP Prospekt’s March which came out last year. []

Now, despite someone inevitably proclaiming that i’m a music snob, I just want to say that though Coldplay are far from my favourite band, I’m nowhere near hating on them. They’re a good band, and definitely have their formula nailed. Besides, they’re supposed to write good music, no? And they do that in droves. Anyway, one of the major criticisms most people chuck towards them is that they take themselves too seriously (e.g Viva La Vida is a stadium album that purports to be more). I don’t know if they do – their musical aspirations do tend to point towards that to be fair – but this video shows that they’re more than willing to laugh at themselves. []

Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that the new Coldplay video for Life In Technicolor II is pretty great. The video makes for the coolest puppet show ever. We love the sound guy (er, puppet) manning the boards over at the snack table. The puppet show performance is complete with rock star indulgence (a toy helicopter picking up the band) and a “throw out” of the drumsticks to the room’s biggest fan – the little girl in class with the “Playin’ It Cool” Coldplay book. []

As previewed, Coldplay have made a video for “Life In Technicolor II” that takes place in an elementary school classroom and stars puppets where the Coldplay would be, and also where the hammer dulcimer and tabla playing intro musicians would be. Sadly no puppet Eno, but no matter; the real stars are the school kids reacting confused and passing around the crowd surfing Martin doll. Aww! Bona fide bulletproof, check your sniping at the door, kids are cute and super snark shields. Class dismissed. []

Directed by Dougal Wilson, the video for the English outfit’s latest single, “Life in Technicolor II”, is for a lack of better words, a puppet show. Set in a school in front of young children – after all, where else would you see a puppet show these days? – the video sees said children being entertained by some lame ass, run-of-the mill story about kings and dragons. Fortunately, for reasons still unknown, Jonny Buckland soon enters in puppet form, with two, yes two, accompanying Indian bongo players – again, why this is the case is the million dollar question. Within seconds, the rest of “puppetized” Coldplay takes the stage and then, well the fun really starts. The stage expands, Chris Martin starts doing back flips, and the audience – of real people – though shell shocked, still manages to find time to eat cupcakes and videotape. Oh yeah, and to end the performance, the stage explodes and the band boards a puppet sized helicopter. Seriously folks, you can’t make this stuff up! I’m not sure whether to be frighted or rolling on the floor laughter. Whatever the case, this video is a must see… []

The making of the Life In Technicolor ii video

A still from the Life In Technicolor ii video

There is now online at [1] an interview with Dougal Wilson, the Life in Technicolor ii video director, who regails us with tales from the puppet video. Here is the pertinent parts of the interview:

Hello Dougal. How did you come to make the video for Life In Technicolor ii?

Well, I’ve been doing music videos for a while and Phil Harvey, Coldplay’s mysterious fifth member, got in touch to ask if I’d like to pitch for their next single, and to see if I’d like to meet up with him to talk about it. It sounded a little more engaging than your average video commission. Usually you just get emailed the track as an MP3 and you don’t know how many people will be pitching for it, or how much of a chance you stand.

Do you know which of your videos Phil had been inspired by?

I think he must’ve seen my showreel, which would’ve had Bat For Lashes, Dizzee Rascal, Basement Jaxx and The Streets on it. If you go on our website, you can see a bunch of them.

Perhaps the Benni Benassi one caught his attention.

Haha! They did mention that one, yeah. But I suppose they noticed that most of my ideas are quite light-hearted or affectionately take the piss out of the artist. Maybe they thought that was going to be good territory for them. I don’t really know, to be honest.

So you met up with Phil?

I did. We had a chat and it sounded like they wanted something in the style of what I’d done before, with my kind of silly humour. They were originally going to release a song called Glass Of Water, so that was the one I came up with an idea for. But that idea turned out to be too expensive and would’ve involved the band, which was looking really tricky because they were on tour. So, then I had to think of another idea, but it was nice because they were committed to me doing it by that point. Meanwhile, the band had suggested that they could be puppets, possibly in a Thunderbirds style. I thought puppets was a great idea, but that the Thunderbirds look had been done, with Team America.

You had worked with puppets before though, right?

Yes, for a Dizzee Rascal video, which meant it was territory I was familiar with, technically. So, I had a think about what we could do with puppets and I thought about Punch and Judy. It’s a British institution; quite creepy, funny and anarchic, but I hadn’t seen them in a video before. So that’s how we came up with that idea. Then they changed the single to Life In Technicolor ii and it seemed to still work with the idea.

What happened next?

Well, the idea was developed that it was a Punch and Judy show which was going to be taken over by a puppet rock band performance. I thought we could have a few jokes, if we attempted to do the kind of thing Van Halen or Motley Crue would do, with all the cliches of a massive rock concert, but on a puppet scale. So I got the song and storyboarded it bar by bar, thinking of all the gags we could put in. I thought it was quite important that everyone watching would be completely unprepared for it, so you’re constantly contrasting the people watching with what’s happening on the stage. That was the main repeated joke throughout; people looking at it in a mixture of bewilderment and fear. It wouldn’t have been funny if they’d started getting into it.

Some of the looks are amazing, particularly the little boy at the start.

Yeah, that is a classic little moment. We couldn’t have told him to do that. We had a second camera which we just kept rolling on the kids we’d cast. Basically my criteria for casting them was that they could do a good bewildered expression; I just chose the ones that looked funniest when they opened their mouth very slightly.

How did you pick where to film it?

That was quite tricky. I wanted it to be in a very unsuspecting English village hall, so I tried to find the kind of place where the local ladies guild would have their meetings. But it was quite hard to find places that weren’t being used, because those sort of halls are always being used by the table tennis club, or something. We searched for ages and then that one became available. It’s in a place called Aldenham which is near Watford. Interestingly it’s the same village where they shot the TV adaptation of the Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, called Village Of The Damned. So it’s got some film heritage.

Is it a nice village?

Yes, it’s very pleasant and picturesque, although opposite the hall there are these nice little cottages and outside one of them was a big sign saying “Bring back hanging”! We made sure we didn’t make too much noise around that particular neighbour. But the locals we met were all really nice.

How did you go about making the puppets?

I’ve got a really good guy I’ve worked with before called Nonny Banks. He does prosthetics for feature films and that kind of thing. I did some research into Punch and Judy-style puppets, before trying to draw rough likenesses of the band in that style. Then Nonny sculpted them in clay and we rendered them in fibreglass, then gave them a wood look with paint. I don’t think it really matters that they don’t look precisely like them, it’s more that we’re supposed to know they look like them. That’s why I thought it’d be funny to really spell it out with the girl and the Playin’ It Cool biography.

Is it a nice village?

Yes, it’s very pleasant and picturesque, although opposite the hall there are these nice little cottages and outside one of them was a big sign saying “Bring back hanging”! We made sure we didn’t make too much noise around that particular neighbour. But the locals we met were all really nice.

How did you go about making the puppets?

I’ve got a really good guy I’ve worked with before called Nonny Banks. He does prosthetics for feature films and that kind of thing. I did some research into Punch and Judy-style puppets, before trying to draw rough likenesses of the band in that style. Then Nonny sculpted them in clay and we rendered them in fibreglass, then gave them a wood look with paint. I don’t think it really matters that they don’t look precisely like them, it’s more that we’re supposed to know they look like them. That’s why I thought it’d be funny to really spell it out with the girl and the Playin’ It Cool biography.

Who did the puppeteering?

These guys called Jonny and Will and a friend of theirs called Martin. And another friend of theirs whose name I can’t remember.

Um, Guy?

Ha! No, it wasn’t the band, despite the names. But Jonny and Will are fantastic puppeteers. I just did a music video-style film for the English National Opera which has also got puppets in it and they worked with me on that too.

You’re becoming the puppet video man.

No, no, definitely not. Besides, the opera one was mostly live action.

So, did filming for the LITii video go well?

Yeah. We planned it out very precisely, because the video has a story so we were filming pieces of a jigsaw which had to fit together. It’s especially tricky with children, because they’re only allowed to be there for a certain number of hours. So we had to do it very, very fast; we probably averaged two takes per shot. With a big commercial you can easily do 30 takes per shot.

And Phil came along to make an appearance.

Indeed, he did.

It’s good how he appears, then disappears, then re-appears. Even within the video, he’s mysterious and elusive.

Exactly! That’s because he was only there for an hour and you have to shoot things in a funny order. For example, you have to do all the shots facing the stage at the same time, and then all the ones looking towards the children. You have to draw it up on the storyboard and work out what you’ll film when.

Of course the video climaxes with a helicopter smashing through a window.

Yes, that was actually shot in the middle of the night, at the end of the last day. So all the daylight is artificial – it’s just a big light shining in.

Is there any reason Jonny isn’t in the helicopter? If that was a Beatles video, people would think it meant he’s dead or leaving the band, or something.

No, there was no meaning to that whatsoever. It’s just that the helicopter was quite small inside and the puppets were quite big. We had to pull their legs off to get them into the helicopter and even then we could still only fit three in with the roadie. When we tried to put all four in, they were so crushed, they didn’t look alive any more. So as it’s only a very short shot, we thought nobody would notice if we left one out.

But why Jonny?

I think it was probably because he was the one that was flopping forward at the time, because he didn’t have enough Blu-Tack on his torso. So I’m afraid I just pulled him out.

Did you have to smash a real window?

No, that’s a trick of filming. It’s actually some fire doors which we opened and inserted a fake window into. We made it at great expense with balsa wood and sugar glass. We’d had two built in anticipation of one of them going wrong, but we were so short of time that when we smashed the first one and it seemed to work, we left it at that.

How did you actually do it?

The helicopter was attached to a long broom handle, which was just walked through the window. It wasn’t flying, it’s on a big pole with two hefty blokes walking about two yards behind it until it smashes through. Then in post production we rubbed them out.

There’s been a slight controversy over whether the man with the video camera swears. The BBC have said they can’t put the LITii video on their website because he does.

Really? How funny! But, yes, he does swear. He says “effing ‘ell”. He was a featured extra guy called Davis and he was brilliant. The original idea was to cut in with DV footage, but we never used that. But his face was so funny that we thought we’d put him in. We were just improvising and I said, “Imagine something strange has just happened and maybe swear”. And he did it brilliantly. I thought it’d be funny to have it after the motorbike scene, because that’s pretty much what you’d think if you saw that. It was a spur of the moment thing because it was funny. It was like a moment of humanity coming in. It wasn’t supposed to be gratuitous.

Were your roadie puppets based on anyone in particular?

There was talk of basing it on one of the band’s long-standing guys, but that didn’t happen in the end. So one of them was based on Saxondale, the Steve Coogan character. He’s the one you don’t see quite so much who pulls on one of the motorbike ramps and flies the helicopter. The other one, who picks the cymbal up and does the mixing desk, is just a classic roadie, with a ponytail and an ear-ring. We thought we should definitely give him a roadie’s arse, too.

So, are you pleased with how the video turned out?

Well, you work on something so hard for so long that it’s very hard to be objective about the finished thing. But what’s really nice is when people start watching it and telling you they like it. That’s very, very pleasing. And it seems to have happened quite a lot with this one.

What happens to the puppets now?

We’ve given them to Coldplay. But I’ve got one of the roadies on my shelf – the one with the arse. And I’ve got one of the Indian musician characters we invented for the start.

Do you think we’ll ever see them all together on stage again?

Oh, it could happen. A reunion tour must surely be on the cards.

The Oracle on Life In Technicolor ii

October 23, 2013 – submitted by Ethan, United States of America

Q. Hello Oracle,

I hope all is well, I am just curious is there such an instrument that made the beginning /main sound in Life in Technicolor?

Have a great day,


The Oracle replies:

Absolutely. The opening of the video shows 2 musician puppets. It’s not terribly clear what the puppet at stage right is playing but if it’s what we can hear, it should be a hammered dulcimer (strings).

FYI the other dude is playing tabla (drums).

April 28, 2011 – submitted by Albert, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle.

This question is inane and very unlikely but was there, is there, or will there ever be a Life in Technicolor iii? I could have sworn in the studiofeed #1 video I heard a possible snippet.

Thanks my almighty friend.

The Oracle replies:

There wasn’t, isn’t and never will be a Life in Technicolor iii. Any resemblance in the studiofeed video is pure coincidence.

November 24, 2010 – submitted by Marlene, Norway

Q. Dear Oracle. How do you pronounce the “ii” in Life in Technicolor ii?

The Oracle replies:

ii or II are the roman numerals for two so basically it’s Life in Technicolor two.

November 5, 2010 – submitted by Christian, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle,

Is the puppet at 3:14-3:15 of the Life in Technicolor ii Music video the mysterious fifth band member I’ve heard about and exactly who is he?

The Oracle replies:

There is no mysterious fifth band member; that’s about the only thing that’s not a secret around these parts!

Phil Harvey is the 5th band member and although he does appear in human form in this video around the 1’56 and 3’03 marks, the puppet is just representing a crew member but bearing no resemblance to any living member of it.

July 23, 2010 – submitted by Jeff, United States of America

Q. Will you please tell me where is Phil Harvey(the mysterious 5th member) is in the Life in Technicolor ii music video. He holds a video camera is a clue you have given to us but there are 3 people holding cameras.

The Oracle replies:

Phil is spotted on the left hand side at 1 minute 55 seconds wearing a cream Arran sweater (another clue I also gave).

November 20, 2009 – submitted by Karen, France

Q. Hi Oracle! I saw the pictures of the puppets and I wonder if it’s only Chris’s puppet that can “talk” because in the video of LiT ii, we just can see Guy’s and Will’s puppet singing “oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh” … But on these pictures, they don’t all seem that they can “talk”… So, do all the puppets move their mouth? Thanks =D

The Oracle replies:

Actually you are right Karen. The only puppet with a moving mouth is Chris. In the video it appears that Guy & Will are singing but that is an effect used to make it seem so as actually their mouths don’t move at all.

September 3, 2009 – submitted by Michelle, Canada

Q. Hi Oracle,

Following up from yesterday’s LIT ii question, do the “crew” puppets represent actual crew members, and if so,who?


The Oracle replies:

No they don’t and so to Randi from the States this is why the crew puppets aren’t travelling around the world with the Coldplay-shaped ones.

September 2, 2009 – submitted by Jaclyn, United States of America

Q. Dearest Oracle,

Were any of the members of Coldplay’s children in the Life in Technicolor ii video?

The Oracle replies:

No, all the little people (and big people apart from Phil Harvey) in that video were extras/actors.

May 28, 2009 – submitted by David, United Kingdom

Q. I noticed that Jonny didn’t make it into the helicopter at the end of the LiTii video – does he have a phobia about flying?

The Oracle replies:

There simply wasn’t room for the puppet. In fact, you can read more about it here.

February 26, 2009 – submitted by Melissa, United States of America

Q. Since the first time watching the “LiTii” vid I have had a theory going and now that my curiosity’s gotten the best of me I thought I would run it by you, dearest Oracle. The guys are always speaking of themselves as if they are not cool enough to be “rock stars” (something every Coldplay fan, I’m sure, disagrees with). Could it be that their respective puppets did what the guys would love to do if they were “rock stars” …Chris could do the splits, Johnny would smash up his guitar and amps, Will would throw his drumsticks out to a fan, Guy…well Guy would be Bono and collectively they would fly off in a helicopter?

Thank you, Oracle, keep up the great work!

The Oracle replies:

It was more a case of director Dougal Wilson throwing a few rock n roll clich’s in the mix. Chris is already renowned for his nimble acrobatics on stage, Will does throw his drumsticks and the band have been known to arrive/leave in a helicopter (e.g. Isle of Wight Festival) but thankfully there’s always room for Jonny!

February 17, 2009 – submitted by Joanna, United States of America

Q. I noticed that Coldplay’s new video for Life in Technicolor ii contained puppets of the band. Beck’s video for Nausea contained puppets as well. Did the band take this idea from Beck, or was it just a coincidence? Please let me know, this is really bugging me.

The Oracle replies:

In fact Supergrass did it before Beck and I’m sure they weren’t the first either! No one holds the exclusive copyright to use puppets in videos; it’s just a co-incidence.

January 29, 2009 – submitted by Scott, United States of America

Q. So I just watched LIT2 and its really awesome.

I noticed that Chris, or well the doll playing Chris has writing on his left hand. Looks like two bars from afar but it might be scribbled writing. Does that represent the “Make Trade Fair” that he writes on his hand during concerts?

The Oracle replies:

“The doll playing Chris” made me chuckle but I know what you mean. The puppet does indeed have the MTF equal sign on his left hand even though Chris no longer has the symbol on his own real hand during concerts. He’s still actively supporting the cause though.

January 23, 2009 – submitted by Luis, New Zealand

Q. I just noticed when watching the Life in Technicolor ii video that Chris starts singing quite a bit earlier than he does on Prospekt’s March; straight after the drums start. Is there any particular reason for this?

The Oracle replies:

The majority of singles that are released are Radio Edit versions of the original. They’re usually under 4 minutes and as the name suggests, tailored for radio airplay. Some songs lose part of their intro (as in the case of LiTii), some fade out sooner at the end and others are a complete remix.

January 22, 2009 – submitted by Jessamacar, Australia

Q. Dear Oracle,

Can Chris do flips like in the LITii Video clip or is that why they used puppets???

from jess

The Oracle replies:

Supple as Chris is, he doesn’t do flips or the splits but that’s not why puppets were used.

On the subject of the video, there have been a few more questions…

Crew members in the video aren’t modelled on the real crew so no, you can’t spot Roadie #42.

I can’t believe I’m about to talk butts but someone DID ask, this also means that no-one had to show their plumber’s crack (we call it a builder’s crack here)!

January 21, 2009 – submitted by Simon, Netherlands

Q. Hi Oracle, is it true that Coldplay’s fifth member made an appearance in the new Life in Technicolor ii video?

The Oracle replies:

Indeed it is. One of the chaps holding a video camera is wearing a cream sweater, similar to Aran style and that is Phil Harvey.

January 21, 2009 – submitted by Taylor, United States of America

Q. Dearest Oracle,
In the new video for Life in Technicolor ii, one of the little girls has an unofficial Coldplay biography. Has this book already been published, will it be published in the future, or was it just a book cover made for the video?

The Oracle replies:

It was just a video prop. From the terrible photo on the cover to the appalling name (Playing it Cool) I’d hope no such book ever exists! I wonder if she bought it at the jumble sale for 10p? For our overseas fans a jumble sale also known as a rummage sale is a bit like a yard sale or car boot sale without the yard or car and usually takes place in a church/village hall. People sell home baked cakes, various donated second-hand bric-a-brac, books etc. They also tend to have a Tombola, which is basically a raffle to win prizes. In the video it’s part of a village fete.

All the proceeds raised are for fundraising purposes, whether that is to donate to charity or a local cause such as a new church roof. NB: This video is fictional so didn’t really happen…


There’s a wild wind blowing
Down the corner of my street
Every night there, the headlights are glowing
There’s a cold war coming
On the radio, I heard
Baby, it’s a violent world

Oh, love, don’t let me go
Won’t you take me where the street lights glow?
I can hear it coming
I can hear the siren sound
Now my feet won’t touch the ground

Time came-a-creeping
Oh and time’s a loaded gun
Every road is a ray of light
It goes o-o-o-o-o-o-on
Time only can lead you on, still it’s
Such a beautiful night

Oh, love, don’t let me go
Won’t you take me where the street lights glow?
I can hear it coming
Like a serenade of sound
Now my feet won’t touch the ground

Ohh, ohh, ohh

Gravity, release me
And don’t ever hold me down
Now my feet won’t touch the ground…

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In My Place


In My Place” was one of Coldplay’s “old-new” songs for their second album. It had originally been written at the time of Parachutes original release in September 2000. The song had been performed regularly on live tours prior to A Rush of Blood to the Head.

“In My Place” won Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

“In My Place” appeared on a 2006 episode of TV’s Cold Case, as a closing montage song about a case from 2003.

“In My Place” is the first single on Coldplay’s second album A Rush of Blood to the Head. This was their third Top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart. Regional singles were released for UK, Europe, the Netherlands, France, Canada, and Australia. Promo singles were released in UK, US, France, and Japan. The single cover features guitarist Jon Buckland, art directed by Solve Sundsbo.


All versions of the official single included the B-side, “One I Love”. This track was regularly performed on the subsequent A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour and is on the Live 2003 DVD.


Coldplay released In My Place in the US and UK on 5 August 2002 as the album’s lead single. The single was pressed with two B-sides: “One I Love” and “I Bloom Blaum”. The single cover features guitarist Jonny Buckland, with art directed by Sølve Sundsbø.

“In My Place” peaked at number two on UK Singles Charts on 17 August 2002, kept off the top by “Colourblind” by Darius Danesh. It stayed at number two until 23 November 2002. The song reached number eighteen on Billboard’s Hot Modern Rock Tracks in 2002. The band were yet to have a number one single. In 2005, “Speed of Sound”, the lead single of the band’s third album, X&Y, also reached number two, but never the number one position. “Speed of Sound” was marked as Coldplay’s most successful single until “Viva la Vida”, reached number one in 2008.

Cover images

  • UK Promo CD


Critics were positive towards the song. In the Entertainment Weekly review of the album, critic David Browne wrote: “Songs like ‘In My Place’ and ‘Warning Sign’ marry lyrics imbued with deep regret and mistakes (…You were an island / And I passed you by in the touching latter song) with lyrical melodies and guitar hooks that twinkle and sparkle.” Adrien Begrand of PopMatters wrote: “When the shimmering, pretty lead-off single ‘In My Place’ represents the album’s weakest moment, you know you’ve got something extraordinary. Currently storming the charts a la ‘Yellow’, ‘In My Place’ is another surprisingly simple song, carried by Jon Buckland’s chiming guitar and Chris Martin’s heartfelt vocals. It really shouldn’t amount to much, but Coldplay make it work very well. When Martin sings, “Please, please, please/Come back and sing to me,” he totally sells it, and you buy it. And why not? The song’s lovely. Amy M. Bruce of The Towerlight wrote: “With a slew of introspective rock songs like ‘In My Place’ and ‘God Put a Smile Upon Your Face,’ this album is worthy of the hype surrounding the band’s first album.” Jules Willis of the BBC wrote: “The second track, the first written post-Parachutes and sounding like a refugee from that album, is the grower ‘In My Place’. It’s a fantastic pop tune that justifies Coldplay’s status as one of UK’s most exciting bands.”

In 2003, In My Place was featured on Coldplay’s live album, Live 2003. The song appeared in the 2006 episode “Saving Sammy” on CBS’ television series Cold Case. The song was used as a closing montage song about a case from 2003. The track appeared again on an episode of the television series Fastlane. The song is also featured in as playable in Guitar Hero 5 (2009).


In My Place won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2003 Grammy Awards. The song was nominated for two MuchMusic Video Awards for Best international video–group and People’s Choice: Favorite international group.

Music video

“In My Place” music video

The music video for “In My Place” was directed by Sophie Muller, and it debuted on 17 June 2002 on AOL. It features a by-the-numbers band performance, in which the band is playing in a huge, nearly empty room. The two women in the background were members of the video crew: a makeup artist/wardrobe assistant and the video commissioner. The video starts off with band playing; while they play, Chris Martin who is sitting in a corner, gets up and joins them in the song. During the video, Martin sings directly to the camera. During the guitar solo, Martin runs up to two women in the background, talks to them for awhile, and then returns to sing the rest of the song. The video ends with the band finishing the song.


Chris Martin on “In My Place”: “That’s about where you’re put in the world, and how you’re given your position, and the way you look, and how you have to get on with it.” [1]

The Oracle on In My Place

July 10, 2012 – submitted by Vivek, Norway

Q. I love this one, was it ever released, and what are your thoughts on this version ?

The Oracle replies:

I like it! There have been quite a few acoustic performances of In My Place – mainly for radio show performances. None of are available on any official release which is a shame as I think it would have made a great b-side.

July 7, 2011 – submitted by Chloe, United States of America

Q. Dear Oracle, I was wondering where the music video for In My Place was filmed? I didn’t see anything about it in the tag cloud, but if you’ve already answered this question, I’m sorry! 🙂

Love from the US, Chloe

The Oracle replies:

Hmm, I thought I had actually but will be sure to tag this reply. The video for In My Place was filmed at Saatchi Gallery, London.

February 8, 2011 – submitted by Laurene, France

Q. Dear Oracle,

In In My Place who are the two guys on the stairs (1:12 and 2:50)?

Thanks for your answer and have a great day 🙂


The Oracle replies:

I was going to ignore this as you have sent it a few times and try to tell you telepathically about our Tagcloud. This question has been asked and answered before, ok so it was back in September 2009 but still…

You’ll find it here.

Thought this would serve as a gentle reminder to all that if I don’t answer there may be no need to keep sending the question as it may already be lurking within.

July 22, 2010 – submitted by Flor, Argentina

Q. Dear Oracle:

Who are or what represent the two people sat in the stairs behind Coldplay in the video In My Place?


The Oracle replies:

The people in the video are Faith Holmes – who used to be the video commissioner at EMI – and the makeup artist/wardrobe assistant. They were actually asked by director Sophie Muller to stay where they were to show the expanse of the room.

September 10, 2009 – submitted by Christina, United States of America

Q. Oracle,

I was watching the In My Place music video and remembered something to ask… do you know who those people are sitting wayyy in the background that Chris runs up to? I’m sure you do, you’re the Oracle. :]! Thanks a bunch!

The Oracle Replies:

Indeed I do; the stylist on the shoot and EMI’s video commissioner. They were sat on the step when the band were setting up and the video’s director – Sophie Muller – asked them to stay there to show the size of the room.

September 8, 2008 – submitted by Bonnie, United States of America

Q. In the video for “In My Place” Chris runs to the back of the room and there are two people sitting on the stairs. Chris appears to say something to them, and then runs back to continue singing. Who are those people?

The Oracle replies:

They are the video commissioner and stylist.


In my place, in my place
Were lines that I couldn’t change
I was lost, oh yeah
I was lost, I was lost
Crossed lines I shouldn’t have crossed
I was lost, oh yeah

Yeah, how long must you wait for it?
Yeah, how long must you pay for it?
Yeah, how long must you wait for it?
For it

I was scared, I was scared
Tired and underprepared
But I wait for it
And if you go, if you go
And leave me down here on my own
Well I’ll wait for you, yeah

Yeah, how long must you wait for it?
Yeah, how long must you pay for it?
Yeah, how long must you wait for it?
For it, yeah

Sing it please, please, please
Come back, come sing to me
To me, me
Come on and sing it out
Now, now
Come on and sing it out
To me, me
Come back, come sing it

In my place, in my place
Were lines that I couldn’t change
I was lost, oh yeah
Oh, yeah…


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A Head Full of Dreams

All you need to know about Coldplay’s upcoming studio album, A Head Full of Dreams!


A Head Full of Dreams is slated to be the seventh studio release from the band. On 4 December, Chris Martin announced the title in an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. Martin also suggested that it might be the band’s final album and compared it to Harry Potter, stating “It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that.” However, since the statement, Chris and other members of the band explained that it was an end of a chapter but not necessarily the end of the band.




Coldplay have been working on A Head Full of Dreams since at least summer of 2014 while they were promoting their sixth album Ghost Stories. In an interview with Jo Whiley of the BBC in December of 2014, Guy and Jonny gave a hint as to the relationship of A Head Full of Dreams to Ghost Stories. Jonny called it the “night to the day”, comparing the gloomier style of Ghost Stories to the expected uplifting theme of A Head Full of Dreams. In an interview with Jo Whiley for BBC Radio 2, Chris hinted at the style of the album by saying that the band was trying to make something colorful and uplifting, yet not bombast. He also stated that it will be something to “shuffle your feet” to.


Coldplay brings back familiar names mixed with new collaborators in their seventh studio output. Confirmed personnel include Rik Simpson and Davide Rossi along with a new mystery producer of Norwegian origin (the popular theory suggests that it is Stargate).

The band are working in studios on either side of the Atlantic including Malibu, Studio C at Henson Recording Studio and Air Studios in London

Release Date

A single is rumoured to be released in October 2015 while the album is to be released in December.


It has been confirmed that Phil Tan, a 3-time Grammy Award recipient, as mixing engineer for Mariah Carey’s “The Emancipation of Mimi” and Rihanna’s “Only Girl”, is working on AHFOD. He announced this in an interview with full sail university on 22 July.[1] Tan has a strong pop background working with the likes of Rihanna, Jay Z, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Usher and more.

Stargate, a duo of Norwegian producers, is rumored to be working on the album too. Stargate has worked with Coldplay before, in the track Miracles, recorded for Angelina Jolie’s movie Unbroken. The Norwegian duo, like Phil Tan, also has a pop background.


Compared to the sparse tour dates of the Ghost Stories era, Coldplay are expected to announce a larger list of venues to visit for their expected tour of A Head Full of Dreams. A global tour is expected from the band which will see it more closely resemble the Mylo Xylotour than the Ghost Stories tour. Rumoured locations for their promo tour see the band in India and South American venues. Coldplay are rumoured to tour Argentina, Brazil, Chile & Colombia in the 1st half of 2016 [Source]

In the same interview with Jo Whiley, Guy and Jonny were asked if they would do a set at Glastonbury. Guy responded that they would like to do it, but does not see the band having the time to given their effort of the album. They have been heavily tipped by bookmakers to headline Glastonbury 2016. The band were also tipped for the 2015 festival but were busy recording ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’.

The band played a set at the iHeart Radio Festival, while dressed up in AHFOD themed gear, they did not play a new song. They also performed at the Global Citizen Festival and played a 6 song set including a new song called “Amazing Day”

Amazing Day

Coldplay played a new song at the Global Citizen Festival 2015 called Amazing Day, we’re not sure if the song will be on the next album.

The song received mostly good reviews from Coldplayers:

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Lost! single coverLost! promo single, pt. 2 cover

Lost! is the third track and third single on Coldplay’s fourth album, Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends.


  • 13 Lost+ lyrics


“Lost!” was released as a promotional single in September 2008 and is released as a four-track, download-only EP, on the 10th November 2008 worldwide.


It is described as a string-assisted song. It was drastically re-invented during the late stages of mixing for the album. The original song had a big hip-hop beat that was later dropped in favour of church organs and handclaps.

Upon the release of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Coldplay revealed that “Sing”, from Blur’s 1991 debut album Leisure, was a source of inspiration in having provided a starting point for “Lost!”.

An alternate, acoustic recording of Lost! was also released, known as “Lost?”. This version was one of the first LP4 tracks to be released to the public way before the album’s release, appearing as the B-side to the Violet Hill CD single in Europe. It is also a bonus track on both the iTunes and Japanese CD releases of Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends.

On 3rd October 2008, Chris Martin revealed [1] that a remix of the song featuring rapper Jay-Z would be released.


According to drummer Will Champion in a fan mailout, “Lost!” had been developed long before they began recording tracks for Coldplay’s fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and was not getting completed. The track was created from scratch: “I was starting to get into using a particular drum programming programme. I was messing around with that and I built this beat up from scratch. … Then Chris overheard it and played ‘Lost!’ over the top of it.”

“Lost!” was one of the earliest songs the band worked on for the album. Coldplay revealed that “Sing”, a track off English alternative rock band Blur’s 1991 debut album Leisure, was a source of inspiration in having provided a starting point for writing “Lost!”. While in Detroit, Michigan, for a concert tour, the band was listening to “Sing” in their dressing room. Once they went on stage for a soundcheck, they thought of writing a song based from it. According to guitarist Jonny Buckland, “We recorded some of it in a church up the road that’s now a studio. In a huge room with a piano and organ going at the same time.” In an interview with The Sun, Martin said, “The line in this song ‘Just because I’m losing doesn’t mean I’m lost’ is what the whole record came out of because we were feeling down at the end of the last tour. That line arrived and it was, ‘OK, that’s how we kinda feel. We know we can improve.” The ensuing track evolved in different versions.

Roadie #42 on Lost! during X&Y tour

In a Roadie #42 blog on Coldplay’s official site on 3rd June 2010:

I remember first hearing Lost! during the X&Y tour. We were in an empty arena one afternoon in Chicago. Chris asked me to record a bunch of demos with just him onstage in the empty venue at the piano he plays in the gig. He put down about a dozen ideas that day, but I remember Lost! jumping out at me immediately as a great song, even as just a sketch in an echoey arena. The next time that I heard Lost! was when the album had been completed and we were making preparations for touring. It was like seeing a favourite nephew for the first time in years and saying “My how you’ve grown”. (Although if I remember correctly, my exact quote at the time was “Wow, I’ve always loved this song, I’m really glad you didn’t fuck it up…”). There are already several tunes for this next record that everyone has their eyes on – and plainly there is absolutely no intention of fucking them up.


The song’s musicscape features a church organ riff, tribal drum-circle groove, and minimal handclaps. Towards the end of the track, it builds into a “rhythmically soaring, Edge-like” guitar solo. Coldplay’s use of “exotic” instruments for majority of tracks in the album, including “Lost!”, was a result of a goal in wanting to present their songs differently, something “which have never been heard” in previous releases. In a review Alex Denney of The Guardian, he described the music of “Lost!” as “tabla-assisted gospel-hop”. Kitty Empire of The Guardian wrote in a review that “Lost!”, “a great organ-driven tune, alive with handclaps and foot-stomps”, is the most obvious homage to Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire among other tracks off the album.

According to Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly magazine, the lyrics to “Lost!” are “a lament about spiritual bereftness”. Rolling Stone magazine’s Will Hermes interpreted the lyrics as about “holding on against the odds that has the breathtaking loft” of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”, a song off Irish band U2’s 1987 album The Joshua Tree. The chorus to the lyrics is noted by Ian Youngs of BBC “a typical Chris Martin chorus that mixes insecurity with determination”.

Release and reception

“Lost!” was released as a promotional CD single in September 2008. On 10 November 2008, Coldplay officially released a four-track digital EP of “Lost!”, confirming the song’s status as a single.

The song has been well-received by critics. Will Hermes of Rolling Stone magazine noted “Lost!” as “probably” the “album’s most sublime pop moment”.[6] NME’s critic Mark Beaumont had the same view of Hermes, complimenting, “It’s not until [‘Lost!’] – all church organ funkiness, stomporific handclap rhythms and Chris pouting like a preacher in a jacuzzi full of strippers – that [Viva la Vida] really hits its stride.”[18] Chris Jones of BBC writes, “… ‘Lost!’ seems to sport bongos in its mix, yet it’s the plaintive voice with its vague sense of regret, the lifts from minor key piano forays into vast, pumping rock and also a strident optimism that people are going to come here for.” Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork Media had the same sentiment: “Thanks to a bubbling bit of exotic percussion that wouldn’t sound out of place on Peter Gabriel’s latter-day LPs, ‘Lost!’ is transformed from Just Another Coldplay Song into a uniquely alluring smash and live staple for years to come.” An article in The Guardian lambasted “Lost!”: “This song is a deflated balloon, or, put another way, a used empty condom. He has, I think, merged visual, audio and textual into a kind of polysensory jam; no part of it works without the other two.”

“Lost!” charted in some countries during the week of the album being released and due to high digital sales, despite not officially being a single at the time. It has charted most notably the United Kingdom where it peaked at number 54 in the UK Singles Chart and in the United States where it debuted at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single has peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks. Its UK peak made the single Coldplay’s first to fail to chart in the UK Top 40 although considering the fact that it was not physically released.

Buoyed by the band’s success at the 2009 Grammy Awards, a live Grammy performance of the single featuring Jay-Z was released exclusively to iTunes, spurring digital download sales. As a result, “Lost!” achieved a new peak position on the Billboard Hot 100, re-entering at number 40. Billboard called the collaboration a “gloomy instrumentation with a series of drums and claps that perfectly fits the lyrical content of the song and makes the transition from Martin’s singing to Jay’s rapping seem effortless.” This makes “Lost!” Coldplay’s fifth career Top 40 hit on the chart to date, and their third from Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

Track listing

  1. [email protected]” (live at United Center, Chicago) – 3:57

Song versions

The following songs are different variations of “Lost!”, each with a different punctuation mark in the title:

  • Lost? is a separate recording of the song featuring only singer Chris Martin and a piano. It was initially released as the |B-side on the CD version of Violet Hill, later as a bonus track on the Japanese and iTunes Store editions of Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends and finally on the Lost! digital EP.
  • Lost- (Lost! minus) is exactly the same as Lost!, minus vocals.
  • Lost+ (Lost! plus) is exactly the same as Lost!, plus an extra vocal section by rapper Jay-Z during what is normally the guitar solo. It was premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 16 October 2008. This version of the song is also on Prospekt’s March EP.
  • [email protected] is a recording of the song performed live at the United Center, Chicago, US on 22 July 2008. This version also forms the basis for the single’s music video.

Music video

The music video for Lost! was officially released on Coldplay’s website [2] on 26 September 2008. It features a live performance of the song at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The video was filmed and directed by Mat Whitecross.

Coldplay are also holding a contest in which fans submit homemade music videos for the “Lost?” acoustic version of the song. The winner will be awarded a pair of “ultra-VIP” tickets to one of their shows in London, which include backstage passes. Their video will also be featured on Coldplay’s official website. [3]

Chart performance

“Lost!” charted in some countries during the week of the album being released and due to high digital sales, despite not officially being a single. It has charted most notably the United Kingdom where it peaked at number 55 on the U.K. Singles Chart and in the United States where it debuted at number 94 on the Billboard Hot 100 though is expected to rise considerably with the release of the song on CD and download in all countries.

The Oracle on Lost!

June 2, 2010 – submitted by Alex, United States of America

Q. Hi Oracle, I was listening to the Viva La Vida album for probably the millionth time, and I was wondering why Lost? was on the album when it already had Lost! It seems like it would have made more sense to put it on, say, Prospekt’s March, or LRLRL.


P.S. USA misses Coldplay!

The Oracle replies:

Lost? was only available as a bonus track on the Japanese and iTunes release so wasn’t on the original album format; we don’t include the bonuses in our Recordings section. There was another version, Lost+ available on Prospekt’s March – as you are probably aware.

April 27, 2010 – submitted by Andreas, United States of America

Q. Dear wisest Oracle,

Did Coldplay collaborate with B.o.B on his song “Not Lost”, which is essentially a rap spin-off of Lost!?

Much thanks in response!

The Oracle replies:

I first heard that song in the back of a car en route to one of the Latin American shows. It was played to me by the band’s manager and so I can tell you that Coldplay did not collaborate with B.o.B on the track; it’s a sample use only.

June 8, 2009 – submitted by Kara, Malaysia

Q. Mr. Oracle,

I realize that in the Lost+ music video there is a double video shot. Is that true and I would like to know where is the place was? I realize at the beginning of the video I see Chris wear a white shirt whereas Guy wear a red shirt with a black vest. After Chris put down the guitar, the video switch into the two of them wear another shirt like coat they always wear it also appear Will and Jonny.

Oh..another one, I see the first video like an old view and the stage exactly almost the same!

Thanks for answer my question.

The Oracle replies:

The videos were directed by Mat Whitecross and filmed at United Center in Chicago on 22nd/23rd July 2008.

It’s quite usual for live videos to be a hybrid of 2 shows where possible. It means that the director can give it a different feel just by using shots from both nights. The Live DVD 2003 was filmed over 2 nights also.

With the Lost videos Chris starts the song without his jacket and takes it off as he starts singing but the differences are very subtle. Obviously the main difference is the onstage television set, used to good effect to incorporate Jay Z’s rap.

May 19, 2009 – submitted by Karen, France

Q. Hi dearest Oracle, I have an interesting question for you:

Who are ” Michael, Martin (Chris?), Malcom, Biggie & Pac” in Lost+ (quoted by Jay-Z)

Thanks =D

The Oracle replies:

Jay-Z is referring to a host of influential black figures in modern day history who have suffered at the hands of their success: Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls / Notorious B.I.G and Tupac Shakur.

February 23, 2009 – submitted by Csemi, Hungary

Q. Dear Oracle! My mother tongue is not English so I have a question in conection with Lost! lyrics.

“I’m just waiting till the shine wears off”

What does it mean SHINE?

a, shine as light?

I was looking for my dictionary and ‘the shine’=light and noise too!?

The Oracle replies:

Well it actually refers to neither, but it’s more to do with light as it refers to brightness, the sheen of a polished finish. I guess as English isn’t your first language this is going to be tricky to explain. If I illustrate its meaning by asking you to imagine an Oscar statuette. It’s gold, it’s shiny and the recipient is very excited to receive it. Literally if you polish it the shine will stay, however if you don’t care as much about it as time goes on and neglect to polish it, the shine will wear off. The phrase “shine wears off” originates from this imagery but what it means is: to get bored of. When something isn’t new anymore you’re not as interested in it. I can’t imagine anyone losing interest in an Oscar award but hopefully you’ll know what I mean.

February 9, 2009 – submitted by Dave, United Kingdom

Q. Dear Oracle,

I feel that we require a new name for the song ‘Lost!’ which became ‘Lost?’ (acoustically) and then ‘Lost+’ and ‘[email protected]’ (with Jay-Z and Live).
Now we have a live acoustic version with Jay-Z and no idea what to refer to it as.

Perhaps I could suggest:

Lost^ (as there must be a use for them putting that symbol on computers)


Lost£ (as a symbol of British dominance at America’s most importance music awards)

Either would clear up the confusion.



The Oracle replies:

Ah good point Dave. I like your suggestions but as you say, this is just Lost? with Jay Z adding his rap from Lost+. I guess we could refer to the rendition performed at the 51st Grammy Awards as Lost?+.

N.B: The full stops are placed grammatically, they’re not different versions of Lost!

November 5, 2008 – submitted by Motogohamsee, Zimbabwe

Q. Hey Oracle,

Exactly how many types of the song lost are there? I’ve heard three but I think there might be more?

The Oracle replies:

There are 4 versions of the song:

Lost! (album version)

Lost+ (with Jay-Z)

October 29, 2008 – submitted by MARGIE, United States of America


The Oracle replies:

It was where the video for Lost! was filmed, that’s what they were referring to. You can see it here.


Just because I’m losing
Doesn’t mean I’m lost!
Doesn’t mean I’ll stop
Doesn’t mean I’m across

Just because I’m hurting
Doesn’t mean I’m hurt
Doesn’t mean I didn’t get what I deserved
No better and no worse

I just got lost!
Every river that I tried to cross
Every door I ever tried was locked
Ohhh and I’m just waiting ’til the shine wears off

You might be a big fish
In a little pond
Doesn’t mean you’ve won
‘Cause along may come
A bigger one

And you’ll be lost!
Every river that you tried to cross
Every gun you ever held went off
Ohhh and I’m just waiting ’til the firing’s stopped
Ohhh and I’m just waiting ’til the shine wears off

Ohhh and I’m just waiting ’til the shine wears off
Ohhh and I’m just waiting ’til the shine wears off

Lost+ lyrics

Just because I’m losing
Doesn’t mean I’m lost!
Doesn’t mean I’ll stop
Doesn’t mean I’m across

Just because I’m hurting
Doesn’t mean I’m hurt
Doesn’t mean I didn’t get
What I deserved
No better and no worse

I just got lost!
Every river that I tried to cross
Every door I ever tried was locked
Ohh and I’m just waiting ’til the shine wears off

You might be a big fish
In a little pond
Doesn’t mean you’ve won
‘Cause along may come
A bigger one

And you’ll be lost!
Every river that you tried to cross
Every gun you ever held went off
Ohh and I’m just waiting ’til the firing stopped
Ohh and I’m just waiting ’til the shine wears off

(Jay-Z’s rap section follows)

Yeah, just waiting ’til the, the, yeah
I got you
Uh, yeah

With the same sword they knight you, they gonna good night you with
Shit, that’s only half if they like you
That ain’t even the half what they might do
Don’t believe me, ask Michael
See Martin, see Malcolm
See Biggie, see Pac, see success and its outcome
See Jesus, see Judas
See Caesar, see Brutus, see success is like suicide
Suicide, it’s a suicide
If you succeed, prepare to be crucified
Uh, media meddles, niggers sue you, you settle
Every step you take they remind you, you ghetto
So it’s tough being Bobby Brown
To be Bobby then, you have to be Bobby now
Now the question is, is to have had and lost
Better than not having at all?

(Jay-Z’s rap section ends)

Ohh and I’m just waiting ’til the shine wears off
Ohh and I’m just waiting ’til the shine wears off…

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Strawberry Swing

Strawberry Swing artwork

Strawberry Swing is a track included on Coldplay’s fourth album. A promo CD single for the song was released on 6 July 2009. It was released as a single globally as a digital download on September 14th 2009. The single made it to the A-list of BBC Radio 1 and the C-List on BBC Radio 2. On 31 July 2009, the free Strawberry Swing application was launched on iTunes.

A live version of the song appeared on Coldplay’s live album, LeftRightLeftRightLeft.


  1. “Strawberry Swing” (Radio edit) – 4:07

  2. “Strawberry Swing” (Album version) – 4:11

  3. “Strawberry Swing” (Instrumental) – 4:10

Writing Composition

This song was one of several potential album cuts with Afro-pop and high-life influences: Here, distortion-free finger-picked guitars which sound straight out of Mali mix with a heavy bassline and psychedelic synths. “My Mum comes from Zimbabwe, so I spent a lot of time there,” says Martin. “I used to work in a studio where people played that.” More gentle than much of the album, it is built around a repetitive African-inspired guitar as a blissed-out Martin sings the touching and slightly psychedelic love song about “such a perfect day”. The overall sound of the song was also inspired by Delakota song “The Rock”, which utilizes a backward guitar loop.

In an interview with, Martin stated that he thought “Strawberry Swing” is arguably the best song on Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

Music Video

The music video for Strawberry Swing premiered on 4 Music and Channel 4 on 29 July 2009. The video was being scrutinized by the media for supposedly being “fake”. Chris Martin, the frontman of Coldplay, did a live interview with CNN and provided documented proof from the record company. CNN anchor Bryan Lewis reportedly said “There is no way in hell this video could be fake. The artists took their time and created an incredible video.” The music video prominently features stop animation, with vocalist Chris Martin against the ground on which chalk drawings are elaborately animated.

Kenny, from the video makers Shynola, said he had been worried the Coldplay singer may not have been able to put up with the physically demanding shoot, having tested out some of the poses Martin would have to do. The director said: “Chris Martin is incredibly fit, he’s absolutely ripped. I’m sure he won’t mind me saying that. He could do everything really well. He does loads of yoga and we had lots of bits where he was on a trolley and it was physically really difficult for him. I did it for about 10 seconds as a test and after that my hips were hurting so much I just felt incredibly old. After that I thought, ‘We are either gonna kill him, or we’re going to get sued’,” he said.

The video begins with Martin waking up in his house. Once he sees that a woman is being held hostage by a giant squirrel, he turns into a superhero and attempts to save her. Along the way, Martin faces attacks from the squirrel and a giant fish in the ocean. When Martin finally gets to the squirrel’s home, he rescues the lady by drawing a nut-shaped bomb that blows the squirrel up. The two then fly away and begin to kiss. The animation suddenly stops and Martin gets up off the chalk colored floor and walks away. The music video was directed by Shynola.


Shynola were awarded video of the year, best animation in a video and best rock video, while the ceremony at the Odeon West End cinema in Leicester Square, London, also saw veteran video director Kevin Godley present Martin De Thurah from Academy Films with the award for best director. UK Music Video Awards editorial director David Knight says, “It was a great night and one that clearly emphasises the array and quality of both established and emerging talent in the UK music video business. Considering the year that they have had it was really quite moving to see Shynola sweep the board with their remarkable video for Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing.”

Plagiarism claims

In September 2009, the originality of the Shynola-directed video was questioned by singer-songwriter Andy J Gallagher; he argued that “Owen Trevor [who directed Something Else] had virtually the same idea at least a year before.”

In an official PDF statement [1], Shynola stated “Having never seen Mr. Trevor’s video before, we can categorically deny that his video was any influence on our video. Any similarities are purely coincidental.” The PDF also contained image-by-image rebuttals of Gallagher’s claims, and added that the video was mainly inspired by the “dreamlike weirdness” of Winsor McCay’s artwork.

In a previous statement, Gallagher said, “While I can’t say they copied me, there are an awful lot of similarities between my video and theirs. I think it’s unfair that ‘Strawberry Swing’ will probably be nominated for numerous awards and is being universally acclaimed as groundbreaking when [‘Something Else’ director] Owen Trevor had virtually the same idea at least a year before.”

Mr Gallagher goes on to say, under the heading of, “coldplay – the copyright controversy”, the following statement on his website: Further to the increasing coverage the “coldplays video looks an awful lot like andy j gallagher’s one”, i would like to add the following. there are striking similarities between the two videos and we wrote to coldplays management asking them to explain the bizarre coincidences between the videos (both in style and script) and also to qualify chris martins assertion that ‘strawberry swings’ video is “unique and groundbreaking”. suprisingly, they took the time to respond by email with the following: “i’m afraid the creative on the video was written by shynola not coldplay”.


At the UK Music Video Awards Strawberry Swing gained an impressive three category wins, including the coveted Video of the Year, writes Animation Blog. Downloaded already by nearly one million YouTube browsers, the fact that it is the latest official video for Coldplay helps of course. Here is Animation Blog’s online article, from the perspective of the unjaundiced eye reviewing the best of world animation:

But we focus on the movies here. A mix of stop motion and live action, the video features the lead singer cast in the role as super hero intent on saving a drowning lady. Off he leaps into the air in a desperate attempt to save the day, beating biplane, hitch-hiking clouds, using his umbrella both to fend off missiles from a dastardly giant squirrel as well as elude the attentions of an equally massive catfish… add a spot of leaping off high buildings as any self-respecting superhero should and you have the idea. Strawberry Swing was produced by Shynola a London based studio formed by four graduates from The Kent Institute of Art and Design. Chris Harding, Richard Kenworthy and Jason Groves spent three months making the piece, a long time for a music video when time is of the essence.

Chris Martin in the role of caped rescuer enters into the spirit of the piece, twisting like an acrobat. The star however is the technique, chalk drawings painstakingly animated as backdrop or accompanying character, like squirrel or distressed damsel. The directors inventively fill the four minutes or so with wit and incident. The chalk girl and superstar singer make a fine pair as they fly, James Bond style, from the bushy tailed rodent having given him an explosive present. A final sad note. The directors made this only months after the sudden death almost exactly a year ago of their co-director, Gideon Baws, the fourth founding member of the team. He was only 33 and loved by those who worked with him.

Fans’ favourite Coldplay video

Strawberry Swing is your favourite Coldplay video from the Viva Era! We’ve had a good response to our latest poll [2] – over 3200 votes have been cast in just a few weeks. We asked you what your favourite video from Viva la Vida era was – and interestingly the last three videos that Coldplay put out are so far the most popular. Shynola’s hard work on the Strawberry Swing is recognised as it gets the highest number of votes, followed by the creativity of the Life In Technicolor ii stage-show in second and the fast-paced Lovers In Japan follows closely in third.

The Oracle on Strawberry Swing

March 19, 2012 – submitted by Dominic, United States of America

Q. Hi Oracle,

I was showed my friends the other day the video to Strawberry Swing because I loved it and they were really impressed by it. However, they questioned many times whether each scene was drawn by chalk or if it was done on computer. I’m curious as to how long it took to make the video and if each shot was really drawn out?

Thank You,

The Oracle replies:

Yes, they really did draw out each scene in chalk as Anchorman found out in his Shynola interview.

September 15, 2010 – submitted by Kathryn, United States of America

Q. Did the band win the award for the Strawberry Swing music video? I missed the TV program and I really want to know! Thanks 🙂

The Oracle replies:

MTV’s Video Music Awards were held on September 12. Coldplay’s Strawberry Swing was shortlisted for Breakthrough Video but the award went to The Black Keys for Tighten Up.


They were sitting
They were sitting under strawberry swing
Every moment was so precious

They were sitting
They were talking under strawberry swing
Everybody was for fighting
Wouldn’t wanna waste a thing

Cold, cold water, bring me round
Now my feet won’t touch the ground
Cold, cold water, what you say
When it’s such, it’s such a perfect day
Such a perfect day

I remember we were walking up to strawberry swing
I can’t wait until the morning
Wouldn’t wanna change a thing

People moving all the time
Inside a perfectly straight line
Don’t you wanna just curve away?
When it’s such, it’s such a perfect day
It’s such a perfect day

Now the sky could be blue I don’t mind
Without you, it’s a waste of time
Could be blue I don’t mind
Without you, it’s a waste of time
Could be blue, could be grey
Without you I’m just miles away
Could be blue I don’t mind
Without you it’s a waste of time

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Ode To Deodorant

Ode to Deodorant Cassette

Ode To Deodorant” was one of the first songs performed by Coldplay. It was recorded and released in 1998 as a double A-side demo cassette tape for local concert promoters by Phil Harvey, the band’s original manager. The second A-side, “Brothers & Sisters” went on to become one of Coldplay’s early staples.

In an August 2003 article from Interview magazine [1], Coldplay drummer Will Champion commented that it, “had a good ending and a good bass line, but it was a crappy song.” When asked whether the song is cringe-worthy, lead singer Chris Martin joked that he doesn’t listen to it. [2]

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St Ode’s Day

In late 2005 a cassette tape of the song was sold on eBay. A fan bought the tape and “leaked” it onto the internet on 13 January 2006. As a result, the 13th January is now known in Coldplay circles as St Ode’s Day.

Re-mastering from Cassette

Ode To Deodorant – Original Upload (the Jan 13th St Ode’s day File):

Ode To Deodorant – Cleaned:

The Oracle on Ode To Deodorant

May 21, 2012 – submitted by Dhamar, Mexico

Q. Hey, dear Oracle!

What’s first? Ode to Deodorant or Safety EP? I’m confused, please reply!

Greetings from all the members of the League of Latinamerican’s Coldplayers!

Thank you!

The Oracle replies:

Safety (on CD) came first in May 1998. Ode to Deodorant (on cassette) was recorded later in the same year and served as a second demo.

October 11, 2011 – submitted by AJ, United States of America

Q. Was there ever any official album art for Coldplay’s first song, Ode to Deodorant.

Also on YouTube there is a comment that says their first song was Love I’m So Tired released in 1997. Sorry about all these questions but is there an official release of Ode to Deodorant I can download.

The Oracle replies:

Personally I have never heard a song of that name and there definitely wasn’t a release in 1997 of any kind. Ode to Deodorant was a professionally recorded demo that followed the Safety ep but it was never officially released in any capacity. This means there is not an endorsed download available. There are a handful of physical copies floating around and I have seen it online but that was a while ago.

October 25, 2010 – submitted by janie, United Kingdom

Q. Hi, I read about how the Ode to Deodorant cassettes were dubbed from a CD-R. I was wondering how many of these CDs were made? Did they get labeled like the cassettes or are they any other marks to know someone has seen a real CD?


The Oracle replies:

The copy I had was the original CD-R and didn’t have any labelling whatsoever. I copied it myself onto cassette before the cassette demo started doing the rounds.

I am not aware of any CDs being given out at that time to be honest.

The tape looked like this. Don’t bother trying to work out the phone number; it doesn’t belong to anyone these days!

May 24, 2010 – submitted by Sacha, Australia

Q: Hi Oracle! I was looking up Ode to Deodorant the other day and I was wondering why it’s not available on CD or anything? I know it’s like Coldplay’s first song but it’s actually really catchy! Sorry if you’ve already answered this.

The Oracle replies:

It’s not quite their first song but yes, it was rather catchy wasn’t it? The thing is it was the second proper recording they did as a band in a studio. They also recorded Brothers & Sisters at the same session. They felt that song represented the direction they were heading in more than Ode so the song was ditched as a potential single or album track. They did play it live for a while too.

April 19, 2010 – submitted by Hector, Mexico

Q. Dear Oracle who knows it all:

I was wondering if this really is the one and only Ode to Deodorant?

The Oracle replies:

Yes that really is the ultra rare, hard to find aforementioned song; a very early demo post Safety EP but pre-Brothers & Sisters. It’s terrible quality mind!

March 22, 2010 – submitted by Evelien, Belgium

Q. Dear Oracle,

I was wondering the other day: was Ode to Deodorant ever burnt on a cd and given away or something? I know they made a cassette and sent it to a radio station for a competition, but a cassette seems very ‘old school’, even for those days.

( + saw one pass on ebay several months ago and I was wondering if it was a genuine copy).

Thanks in advance !

The Oracle replies:

Well the master copy of the track was certainly burned onto a cd. Cassettes were still circulating in the demo world but they were on their way out. It was more to send to Radio Stations to play although there was an Xfm competition they entered too. (The Safety EP -on cd- had been sent to Steve Lamacq at Radio 1 earlier than this though).

If the copy you saw was the same one that I also saw it was indeed an original.

September 9, 2009 – submitted by Lucas, Canada

Q. Hi Oracle,

Is the song Ode to Deodorant by Coldplay, or by a different band, The Coldplay, as shown on the demo tape?

The Oracle replies:

That tape recording is from 1998 when Coldplay were still The Coldplay. It’s our boys, not the band that were previously called Coldplay before changing their name to The Bettina Motive; Chris asked if they could use The Coldplay once it had been discarded. Keeping up? Good!

June 8, 2009 – submitted by Diego, Venezuela

Q. Hi dear Oracle

I would like to know why you guys decided to call your first song “Ode To Deodorant” like that? It’s such a great song a I would really like to know!

Good evening! Thanks!

The Oracle replies:

I swear the first time I heard that song I thought it was a euphemism for something else. I’d never heard a song about something so random but totally believe Chris when he says that is in fact about deodorant!

April 29, 2009 – submitted by Jonsey, United States of America

Q. Was there ever a CD-R demo of the 2-track Ode to Deodorant release? OR was it recorded directly to cassette, then dubbed cassette to cassette?

The Oracle replies:

There was a CD-R demo but it was distributed on cassette, though not as a release. It was for demo purposes only.

March 6, 2009 – submitted by Carol, Brazil

Q. Dear Oracle, is Ode to Deodorant a Jatravartid song?

The Oracle replies:

I can see why you would ask given that people are making many connections between Coldplay and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Jatravartid invented aerosol deodorant but no, the song is not about them.

January 20, 2009 – submitted by Sunil, United Kingdom

Q. Hi, was Ode to Deodorant ever produced onto a cd as demo/promo?

The Oracle replies:

A cassette (the master copy was on CD) was handed out to record labels as a promo but there was no kind of release like that of Safety E.P.

August 29, 2008 – submitted by Simon, Netherlands

Q. Why did Coldplay wrote an Ode to Deodorant?

The Oracle replies:

Your question seems imply that you think Ode to Deodorant was a joke. I know that the lyrics do seem a little whimsical but I can assure you it was a serious composition. It would be like asking why Coldplay wrote Yellow? They just did.


Here’s an Ode, ah, to deodorant
It’s my thing, ah it’s my favourite hygiene
It keeps me through the day

Another ode, ah to deodorant
It’s my thing, ah it’s my favourite hygiene
It’s the confidence I need

It’s medicine for the soul
It’s medicine for the mind
It picks me up and makes me whole
It makes me feel alright

Here’s an Ode, an ode to aerosol
It’s my thing
Ah, it’s my favourite hygiene, it’s the confidence I need

It’s medicine for the soul
It’s medicine for the mind
It picks me up and makes me whole
It makes me feel alright

It’s okay Oh, would I ever let you down? No way
Oh, would I ever let you down, okay?
Oh, would I ever let you down, no way
Oh, would I ever let you down…

I’ll never let ya, I’ll never let ya, I’ll never let you down, no way

Would I ever let you let you down, no way
Would I ever let you let you down, no way
Would I ever let you let you down, no way
Would I ever let you let you down, no way

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First introduction

On 28th October 2014, Phil Harvey tweeted[1] the band had finished a new song for the soundtrack of Angelina Jolie’s movie Unbroken. This after news of Coldplay would enter the Best Original Song Oscar race [2] were revealed.

Online leak

There were rumours that a Sky Movies advert included a snippet of Miracles. Websites like Billboard [3] proclaimed it was teased online (it was later updated). However, Anchorman on Twitter [4] wrote it wasn’t the song and neither it was Coldplay.

Official release

Miracles was unveiled via Youtube on 11th December 2014 and available on iTunes and all digital retailers on 15th December 2014. This was the third time Coldplay has recorded an original song for a motion picture. The film was released on 25th December 2014.


The day it was released it landed on the top 30 on the UK iTunes charts. For the week ended on 27th December 2014 stayed on the 95th position in the UK Official Chart Company [5]. In the US Hot Rock Song Charts (Billboard)it entered the top 10 on the 9th position [6].

Promotional Party

In celebration of the upcoming release of Unbroken, the team production organised a party where Chris Martin performed the full song. Among the attendants there were members of the Academy Awards who enjoyed the live debut of the song as well as Viva la Vida and a Christmas carol, White Christmas with the help of Unbroken star, Garrett Hedlund. There was a video [7] which captured the whole presentation in which Chris’s sense of humour can be seen.

Lyric video


Coldplayer’ ratings

Among coldplayers it was a stand out receiving a score of 10 on the poll at on the Forums [8]

Coldplayer’ reviews

Below are just a selection of Coldplayer’ reviews:

I absolutely love Miracles. My thoughts:
1. Jonny makes this song with that one riff after the first chorus and then his solo with Chris’s ooh’s. It’s kind of reminiscent of the ooh + guitar solo combination in Paradise. The actual guitar line reminds me of the end of Ladder to the Sun’s ending climax.
2. The way the bass comes in at the beginning kind of reminds me of the chorus of Sleeping Sun. Just a random thought. Why are people saying this is one of Guy’s better basslines? I’m not hearing a lot of musical complexity. It is a nice low bass sound with a nice rhythm, but it’s NOTHING like….say Magic, ETIAW, Major Minus, Paradise, X&Y, GPASUYF, Everything’s Not Lost…just to name a few excellent Guy lines. *I will concede that it took me a few listens to realize how interesting the bassline in True Love is.
3. The chord progression in the chorus is pretty cool. I also feel like Coldplay hasn’t done the I-IV-I thing much in the past so it’s really refreshing and feel-goody in a way that not many of their other songs has. This is a song that makes me happy.
3b. The way the beat drops before the very end gets me every time. I can feel my stomach drop with how well timed it is. I think they really learned some tricks from Avicii with ASFOS (which has good builds too).
4. WILL CHAMPION. The beat in the first half is good and kind of GS-reminiscent…but the end is absolutely great. Reminds me of the end of ETIAW a lot…4-on-the-floor and so driving. His backing vocals are AMAZING. It’s like UATW and Ink met and had a Will Champion lovechild…. [I fear I’ve said too much]
5. I’m a little skeptical about the instrumentation. I tend to like Coldplay songs that are more clearly 4-instruments, as in Atlas (which I somewhat like better as a song that really showcases Chris’s piano, Will’s drums, Jonny’s BOTH atmospheric and solo-ing guitar, Guy’s cool basslines)…whereas this has a very present piano-acoustic guitar thing. Which makes me wonder what it’d be like live. I hope Jonny switches between guitar and piano quickly like The Edge does in the song New Year’s Day. [Thanks MosesTheMarshmallow]

I loved this from the first time I heard it. Jonny’s beautiful guitar, Will’s powerful drumming and Guy’s throbbing bass are all so individually distinct behind Chris’s superb voice. Tremendous stuff! [Thanks Oldiefan]

I absolutely loved what they did with this one. The piano/acoustic guitar intro isn’t anything they’ve done before, then that massive drum beat reminds us of their (probable) new path (From MX to GS) but as soon as the real drums kick in that’s when the song comes complete for me. The ooh–ooh’s (which remind me of a Maroon 5 song here…) and yeah yeah yeah’s have become the standard for Coldplay song’s which to be honest always works well on their songs! (And you got to admit it’s always been there, everything’s not lost, in my place, the scientist, viva la vida and so on…). The bass line works very well too! In the middle, if you listen carefully you can hear this great background line which I think sounds like something they would have done during X&Y or VLVODAAHF. Jonny is present at all times, with a lot of different variations (not as repetitive as Magic or ASFOS). The end bit is the best part I think, the drums are absolutely amazing (maybe the best Will has done since GOW) and the whole part actually reminds me of an Imagine Dragons song, which, I think is a really good thing! The song gives you a feeling of happiness, euphoria and beauty, if this is going to be the way for AHFOD I will be very pleased! As long as their songs consist of piano-guitar-drums and bass (not a huge load of synths) and they can really reproduce this live! I think we’re going to get a real treat for LP7! [Thanks 42JTR]

Media/external reviews

Stereogum: Sou won’t necessarily get any of that from “Miracles,” a fairly generic uplift anthem that really just sounds like a Coldplay song. But it’s a more rhythmically focused Coldplay song than it has to be, and it’s a bit surprising hearing the band trying out ideas on syncopation during an Oscar-season end-credits anthem. [9]

Huffington Post:Sonically similar to the band’s most recent album, “Ghost Stories,” “Miracles” is a classic Coldplay mixture of sad, yet inspirational, with a dash more of the latter in keeping with the movie’s story. [10]

TIME:The song is poppy and easy on the ears (depending on your ears), bordering on anthemic as it builds to a cathartic release in the final minute. [11] a sweetly strummed guitar, a twinkling piano and a lot of snapping, this song sounds triumphant and as varied as the film itself. It also sounds ready for its Oscar moment.
Frontman Chris Martin sings about angels that talk to him, lightning strikes and floating above the world. It’s all pretty magical. [12]


From up above I heard
The angels sing to me these words.
And sometimes in your eyes
I see the beauty in the world.

Oh, now I’m floating so high.
I blossom and die.
Send your storm and your lightning to strike
Me between the eyes,

Sometimes the stars decide
To reflect in puddles in the dirt.
When I look in your eyes
I forget all about what hurts.

Oh, now I’m floating so high.
I blossom and die.
Send your storm and your lightning to strike
Me between the eyes
And cry.

Believe in miracles.

Oh hey, I’m floating up above the world now!
Oh hey, I’m floating up above the world now!

Oh yeah, yeah, yeah!

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The Scientist


The Scientist” is the second single from Coldplay’s sophomore album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Regional singles included UK/Europe, the Netherlands, Germany, and Canada. Promos were released for the UK and U.S.

The song is a piano-driven ballad; Chris Martin opens the song and is joined by the rest of the band after the first chorus. Martin was inspired to write “The Scientist” after listening to George Harrison’s “Isn’t it a Pity” on the album All Things Must Pass. The song also shows strong allusion to the short story “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne; where a scientist forgets about the love of his life due to his devotion to science. He then realizes his mistake when it is already too late, as her death now haunts him.

The song was covered live by Aimee Mann and released on a special edition of her album Lost in Space. Natasha Bedingfield covered the song on Jo Whiley’s Live Lounge radio show. Also, Belinda Carlisle did a live rendition on the ITV1 reality show Hit Me Baby One More Time. The television show MAD TV also did a parody of the video called “The Narcissist.”


The single cover features drummer Will Champion, art-directed by Sølve Sundsbø.

Music video

“The Scientist” music video

The music video for “The Scientist” was very popular with its reverse narrative. A similar concept was previously used for Spike Jonze’s music video for The Pharcyde’s “Drop”. This reverse style can also be seen in Enigma’s, “Return to Innocence”, Jack Johnson’s video for “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” and also Beyonce Knowles’ video for Me, Myself and I. It took Chris Martin a month to learn the lyrics backwards.[1]

The video was filmed at various locations including London and Surrey before the first leg of the A Rush of Blood to the Head Tour. It was directed by famed director Jamie Thraves, best known for his work on Radiohead’s enigmatic “Just” video. Though it was filmed in England, the car driven in the music video features a Wyoming license plate which had a design that was in use from 1983 to 1988 (although the car itself is right-hand drive). The vehicle in the video was a BMW E28 5-series, manufactured from 1982 to 1988.

Irish actress Elaine Cassidy is also featured in the video.

In 2003, “The Scientist” won multiple MTV Video Music Awards for Best Group Video, Best Direction, and Breakthrough Video. It was also nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Music Video:Short Form.



Chris Martin on “The Scientist”: “That’s just about girls. It’s weird that whatever else is on your mind, whether it’s the downfall of global economics or terrible environmental troubles, the thing that always gets you most is when you fancy someone.” [2]

However, inside the cover to A Rush of Blood to the Head it is stated that ‘The Scientist is Dan.’ Possibly relating to Dan and relationships, or alternatively, a reference to the Beatles’ “The walrus is Paul” quote.

Chris Martin comments on the official site (19th June 2007): “The video for the scientist – made Jamie Thraves, a clever and lovely man. Was pretty good. But every time I see Simon Pegg he teases me about it, so now I can’t watch it. He wonders why somone after a car crash would go into a town and have a nap. He can fuck off. cm.”


The chords to this song are replicated by Sum 41, in their song “Pieces”

The Oracle on The Scientist

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 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?


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”.

September 23, 2010 – submitted by Frances, Mexico

Q. Hi Oracle :B


My question is… is the girl from the Trouble video the same of The Scientist video ?

thanks for answer !!

The Oracle replies:

As mentioned before Elaine Cassidy is the actress in the The Scientist video. As I am sure you know there are two video for Trouble; there isn’t a girl in the original video and Elaine didn’t appear in Tim Hope’s alternative U.S version so the short answer is no.

June 12, 2009 – submitted by Julie, United States of America

Q. Dear all-knowing Oracle

I heard a rumor that The Scientist by Coldplay (obviously) was going to be on the New Moon soundtrack. Is this true?

Peace, luv,

Julie <3 The Oracle replies:

It’s very likely that Coldplay will be approached to appear on the soundtrack to the Twilight sequel given that Stephenie Meyer has credited Coldplay, amongst others, on the inner sleeve for “being instrumental in staving off the writer’s block”.

May 6, 2009 – submitted by Matt, United States of America

Q. Did Coldplay really have to learn to play “The Scientist” backward for the music video?

The Oracle replies:

The band didn’t have to play any music backwards for the video. However, the reverse video did require Chris to lip synch backwards. It took him around a month to learn it and on the day of the shoot there were boards with the lyrics written on, just in case.

May 4, 2009 – submitted by Meli, Argentina

Q. Who’s the girl in the scientist video? Is she famous in England or something like that?

I’ll appreciate an answer 🙂

I have mentioned her before but she’s quite a well known actress called Elaine Cassidy.

April 22, 2009 – submitted by Corey, United Kingdom

Q. I have been told that The Scientist was written in dedication to one of Chris Martin’s girlfriends who died.

The Oracle replies:

Nope, a friend of the band who had broken up with his girlfriend inspired it.

February 23, 2009 – submitted by Luisa, Venezuela

Q. Hi Oracle,

I was wondering… What happened with the girl form The Scientist video?… Is she dead?… Thanks, and sorry for my English…

The Oracle replies:

In the story within the video yes, we can assume she died in the accident. The actress Elaine Cassidy however is alive and well!

February 16, 2009 – submitted by Jean, Canada

Q. Respected Oracle,

During the Twisted Logic tour, at the conclusion of “The Scientist”, one could hear an added part that was, in fact, a recording of “The Scientist” played backwards. If you take this recording, and play it backwards, it sounds exactly like “The Scientist” from the album. Can you explain how Coldplay pulled this off?

The Oracle replies:

I’m not sure how you mean pulled this off? Basically what you heard was, as you say, the track played backwards, not the band playing live.
As the video (by Jamie Thraves) was a reverse narrative, Chris did actually have to learn the song backwards. There’s a version of the video available on The Scientist DVD single that plays it running backwards.

January 12, 2009 – submitted by Durl, Canada

Q. Hullo, kind Oracle!

I have recently discovered that Coldplay’s beautiful video ‘Yellow’ was shot with Chris alone because Will’s mother’s funeral was scheduled on the same day of the shooting. But as for one other beautiful Coldplay video, “The Scientist”, I am quite unsure as to why Chris is alone in it. What was the reason?

By the way, with or without fellow band members, these videos are extremely stunning.

Thank you, all knowing Oracle. 


The Oracle replies:

Jamie Thraves directed The Scientist and he said, “Originally it was just a story with a character not featuring the band, but Chris is a really great performer it made sense to use Chris”.

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

Q. Who’s the girl with the short dark hair thats in The Scientist video and she’s also in one of the Tim Hope-made videos?

The Oracle replies:

That’s Elaine Cassidy.

August 19, 2008 – submitted by Kate, Australia

Q. Was The Scientist a song for a friend of Chris Martin’s from university? Oh please shed some light on this, oh great one.

The Oracle replies:

No, the song was actually inspired by someone close to the band who was going through a bad time after a relationship break-up.

July 30, 2008 – submitted by Cindy, Canada

Q. Some of Coldplay’s popular videos are filmed backwards, which must make the process of filming quite difficult. Should we expect to see any more of these original videos?

The Oracle replies:

Actually Cindy there is only one video that uses a backward technique in its entirety. The Scientist was shot (by Jamie Thraves) in the usual way but then reversed. This meant Chris had to learn the lyrics backwards so that when the video was reversed, it would appear he’s saying the words correctly as if filmed forwards.


Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry
You don’t know how lovely you are

I had to find you
Tell you I need you
Tell you I set you apart

Tell me your secrets
And ask me your questions
Oh, let’s go back to the start

Running in circles
Coming up tails
Heads on a science apart

Nobody said it was easy
It’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be this hard

Oh, take me back to the start

I was just guessing
At numbers and figures
Pulling the puzzles apart

Questions of science
Science and progress
Do not speak as loud as my heart

Tell me you love me
Come back and haunt me
Oh, and I rush to the start

Running in circles
Chasing our tails
Coming back as we are

Nobody said it was easy
Oh, it’s such a shame for us to part
Nobody said it was easy
No one ever said it would be so hard

I’m going back to the start

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Speed Of Sound


“Speed of Sound” is the lead single from Coldplay’s 2005 album, X&Y.

It made its radio premiere on BBC Radio 1 with Steve Lamacq on the evening of Monday, 18 April 2005. Beginning with a piano riff reminiscent of Coldplay’s “Clocks”, the song builds into a huge, synth-heavy chorus: “Birds go flying at the speed of sound, to show you how it all began / Birds came flying from the underground, if you could see it then you’d understand.”

The song was created as the band attempted to work through a cover version of Kate Bush’s song, “Running Up That Hill” ; the main riff of Speed of Sound resembles that of Bush’s song.

“Speed of Sound” was infamously beaten to the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart by the novelty song “Axel F” by the Crazy Frog. However, it became Coldplay’s first UK Download #1. It also became Coldplay’s first and biggest single to chart in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #8, making it arguably Coldplay’s most successful single.


Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

The Oracle on Speed Of Sound

September 1, 2011 – submitted by Colin, United States of America

Q. Where was the music video for Speed of Sound filmed? It has to be one of the best sets of all of Coldplay’s music videos.

The Oracle replies:

There is an accurate paragraph about the video here.

July 25, 2011 – submitted by Sourjyo, India

Q. Why don’t they perform Speed Of Sound live anymore? Talk and Fix You are still being performed and it’s not even that old (compared to Yellow or Clocks).

The Oracle replies:

I’m glad they’re not playing it; it’s my least favourite single (sorry!) They can’t play everything but Yellow and Fix You are hardly likely to ever be dropped from the live set. I don’t know what show you’ve seen/listened to recently but Talk isn’t actually on the current setlist.

March 3, 2011 – submitted by Phyllis, United States of America

Q. Oh Oracle,

Do you know what song was played to wake the shuttle astronauts on March 2, 2011? Thanks!

The Oracle replies:

I sure do, Speed of Sound! Very appropriate eh? And on Chris’ birthday too.

You can follow NASA’s latest mission updates via Twitter where they posted:

“Mission Control woke up the crews at 5:24 am EST to begin Flight Day 7. “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay was played for shuttle Pilot Eric Boe”.

April 9, 2010 – submitted by Lucas, Canada

Q. Dear Oracle, what exactly is the screen-looking thing that the band used in their music video for “Speed of Sound”?

Thx in advance!

The Oracle replies:

It’s actually a wall of LED lights. It’s all quite technical but of course very effective!


How long before I get in?
Before it starts, before I begin?
How long before you decide?
Before I know what it feels like?
Where to, where do I go?
If you never try, then you’ll never know.
How long do I have to climb,
Up on the side of this mountain of mine?

Look up, I look up at night,
Planets are moving at the speed of light.
Climb up, up in the trees,
every chance that you get,
is a chance you seize.
How long am I gonna stand,
with my head stuck under the sand?
I’ll start before I can stop,
before I see things the right way up.

All that noise, and all that sound,
All those places I got found.
And birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you’d understand?

Ideas that you’ll never find,
All the inventors could never design.
The buildings that you put up,
in Japan and China all lit up.
The sign that I couldn’t read,
or a light that I couldn’t see,
some things you have to believe,
but others are puzzles, puzzling me.

All that noise, and all that sound,
All those places I got found.
And birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you’d understand,
oh when you see it then you’ll understand?

All those signs, I knew what they meant.
Some things you can invent.
Some get made, and some get sent,
Birds go flying at the speed of sound,
to show you how it all began.
Birds came flying from the underground,
if you could see it then you’d understand,
oh, when you see it then you’ll understand.


  • Coldplay were the first British band to enter directly in the top ten of Billboards Hot 100 chart since “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.

  • Coldplay premiered “Speed of Sound” at a small warm-up gig in London in March 2005.

  • During their performance of “Speed of Sound” at the 2005 Glastonbury Festival, Chris asked “Crazy Frog, where are you now?”. This was a reference to the fact “Speed of Sound” was beaten to the UK number 1 spot by “Crazy Frog”.

  • There is another song by this title, written by Chris Bell.

  • “Speed of Sound” appears on the videogame Singstar rocks.

  • The song is a part of the comedian “Weird Al” Yankovic’s polka medley Polkarama in his October 2006 hit album, Straight Outta Lynwood.

  • “Speed of Sound” was the billionth download from iTunes.

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Clocks” was the third single from Coldplay’s second album, A Rush of Blood to the Head. Regional singles were released for UK, Europe, Australia (a mini-EP), Japan (enhanced), Netherlands (3-disc EP), France, and the United States. Promos were released for British and American markets. In addition, a special Limited Edition 12″ single was available with 1,000 copies in the UK. This release contained special remixes by Röyksopp. Instrumentals have also shown up by The Twelve Girls Band and The String Quartet. Popularized by television commercials, it holds the record as being the highest selling song on Apple’s iTunes music store.
In late 2003, the song was used in advertisement for the movie “Peter Pan”. It has been noted by critics that “Speed of Sound”, the first single from Coldplay’s third album X&Y, bears some similarities with “Clocks”.[1]

The single cover, created by Sølve Sundsbø, depicts lead singer Chris Martin with his hands folded on a glass table. The drawing perspective is looking from below the table.

“Clocks” was arguably the most successful commercial hit from A Rush of Blood to the Head. Throughout 2003, it was featured in various commercials, movies and television programs; from WWE promos featuring the returning Kurt Angle to the film In America to the end of an episode of ER. The song was played in its entirety during the ending credits for the film Confidence with Dustin Hoffman and Rachel Weisz. It was also used on a trailer on the BBC advertising the “Freeview” service.

In 2004, “Clocks” won the coveted Record of the Year honour at the Grammy Awards, beating the likes of Eminem, OutKast and Beyoncé.


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Musical structure and composition

“Clocks” is in the key of E flat Mixolydian. Built around a repeating piano riff, it features a minimalist soundscape of drums and bass over an aura of synthesizers and strings. The piano riff and ethereal tone of the song are reminiscent of The Unforgettable Fire by U2. Chris Martin’s cryptic lyrics are thought to be about death and the transience of life. The song was recorded at Air Studios, London, at the very end of the sessions for A Rush of Blood to the Head. It was the last song to be recorded and arguably forms the turning-point of the whole album; it was something of a departure from Coldplay’s previous style. According to Martin, it was inspired by Muse.[2]

Track listings

  1. “In My Place” (video) – 3:48

Cover images

  • UK (promo)

The single cover, created by Sølve Sundsbø, depicts lead singer Chris Martin with his hands placed on his head. The drawing perspective is looking down from above.

Music video

A still from the “Clocks” music video showing drummer Will Champion drinking from a water bottle

The “Clocks” music video was directed by Dominic Leung, who previously worked with artists like Badly Drawn Boy. The video was shot at Docklands’ ExCeL Building in London. The video features the band performing the song in front of a staged audience, mostly local college students with a laser show. Stage effects and blue-red light transitions give the video a surreal feel, not to mention the stoic crowd that make up the audience.


Reworked version and remixes

In addition to the Royksopp remix there have been several other dance remixes of “Clocks”, including those by Clokx and Deep Dish plus a mashup from Gabriel and Dresden’s 2003 Essential Mix which appeared on various P2P networks. On 13 November 2006, the album Rhythms del Mundo by the Buena Vista Social Club was released, featuring a reworked version of “Clocks”. It follows a samba style, with a slightly altered piano riff. The track “Should I go” off of Brandy’s album Afrodisiac also samples the song. It was covered by the band Gregorian.

Song Facts

Like many Coldplay songs, Clocks is about love. The lyrics are about being in a conflicted, but very intense relationship as precious time slips away.

Lead singer Chris Martin came up with the lyrics and the piano riff shortly before Coldplay released the album. Since they didn’t have much time, they put it aside and planned to work on it for their next album. When Martin’s friend heard the demo, he convinced them to do whatever was necessary to record it for A Rush Of Blood To The Head, especially since the song deals with the importance of time.

Clocks won the Grammy for 2003 Record Of The Year, beating out “Hey Ya” by Outkast and “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé. In accepting the award, lead singer Chris Martin dedicated it to the late Johnny Cash and to US presidential candidate John Kerry, “Who hopefully will be your president someday.”

Despite the modest chart position in the US, Clocks was very popular there, as it appeared in television themes, movies, promotional films, and other commercial outlets. (thanks, Bertrand – Paris, France)

This plays over the ending credits of the 2003 movie Confidence. (thanks, Nayef – Golden, CO)

The song’s pulsing, cyclical riff was inspired, according to Chris Martin, by the band Muse.

The Oracle on Clocks

10 March 2014 / submitted by Grace, Australia

Q. Hello Oracle!! So I was wondering if the crowd during the video of Clocks was edited in, they seem to be displaying no emotions and very little movement, plus I’m sure if someone threw water at me I’d start moving haha. Thank you (are).


No, the crowd was actually in attendance. They were students from the local college and I seem to recall recruiting them was quite last minute. The video’s director – Dominic Leung – will have told the audience what to do so maybe a few people found it hard to keep still, I can certainly spot a couple!

July 21, 2011 – submitted by Samantha, United States of America

Q. What is written on Chris Martin’s right hand in the Clocks video? There is an arrow pointing to something, but I can’t make it out in the video. (At about 3:20 into the song).

The Oracle replies:

If you pause the video at 3.23, you will see Chris has an arrow on his little finger pointing up to Make Trade written on his hand.

June 23, 2011 – submitted by Charles, United States of America

Q. Hi dear Oracle, iI want to know who is Dominic Leung and what he has to do with Coldplay?

Thank you.

The Oracle replies:Dominic Leung is a director (& editor). His link to Coldplay is that he directed the video for Clocks, that’s his only connection.

February 28, 2011 – submitted by Thomas, United Kingdom

Q. Hi dear Oracle, I got a question Coldplay related.

If the song Clocks was released in April of 2003 as a single and all of that

why did the song win the Grammy for the record of the year in 2004?


The Oracle replies:

The Grammy year of eligibility doesn’t run from January – December as a normal calendar so the release dates fall into different brackets rather than what you would think usual.

Hence Clocks’ release as a single was eligible for the Grammy nomination and win in 2004 despite the album it came from being a winner the previous year.

May 24, 2010 – submitted by Damaris, Puerto Rico

Q. Hello Oracle!! Is it true that Coldplay record the song Clocks with the band Rhythms del Mundo? Thank u and sorry for my bad English!!

The Oracle replies:

No that’s not true at all. Rhythms del Mundo did include their remixed version of Clocks on their album but that was done by using the original and its parts; there was no re-recording or collaboration between the two acts.

July 1, 2009 – submitted by Renate, Netherlands

Q. Dear Oracle!

I heard a version of Clocks on the radio which I have never heard before. It was a kind of samba sound with trumpets. It was very good and different, it was no live version but a studio one. Do you know which one I mean and please can you tell me where I can find it?


The Oracle replies:

That’ll be the Rhythms Del Mundo. It was performed by members of Cuba’s Buena Vista Social Club plus other Havana-based musicians.

June 2, 2009 – submitted by Bethandreea, United Kingdom

Q. What is the cover for the Clocks supposed to be?

Everything else connected to a A Rush Of Blood To The Head is a face. But Clocks however stands out.

The Oracle replies:

Two Clocks questions in one day! Anyway, if you look at the cover and imagine you are underneath looking up, you can certainly spot the nose and other features.

June 2, 2009 – submitted by Melanie, Canada

Q. When you say that the band Muse inspired the song Clocks… what do you mean by that ? In which way ?

The Oracle replies:

It was mostly Matt Bellamy’s piano style that inspired the track. You can almost hear it in the rhythm of Clocks’ pounding keys.

May 22, 2009 – submitted by Hector, United States of America

Q. Hey oracle! I was watching Politik on youtube from the Live 2003 DVD and I was skimming through the comments when I read that some users were saying Matt Bellamy from Muse wrote the piano part, is this true?! if it is I’d be so disappointed, I know Chris is capable of writing beautiful things, is this one of them?

The Oracle replies:

No, that’s not true. Muse inspired Clocks but have never been involved in any writing with or for Coldplay.

April 7, 2009 – submitted by Stefanie, Peru

Q. Ohhhhhh lovely Oracle! When was the video of Clocks made??

The Oracle replies:

Back in February 2003 students from local colleges were invited along to appear as extras in the Clocks video directed by Dominic Leung at London Dockland’s Excel Building.

February 3, 2009 – submitted by Derryn, South Africa

Q. Is it just me or does the piano work in the beginning of Coldplay’s Clocks sound awfully similiar to the beginning of Aqualung’s Left Behind? which came first..the chicken or the egg? or in this case…Coldplay or Aqualung.

The Oracle replies:

I remember seeing Matt Hales previous band the 45’s just before they were dropped and he became Aqualung, jolly good they were too. Anyway, as that was 2002 you can see that both were around at the same time but A Rush of Blood to the Head was released August 2002 and Aqualung’s Still Life (album on which Left Behind appears) was released October 2003 so you can see which came first.


Lights go out and I can’t be saved
Tides that I tried to swim against
Brought me down upon my knees
Oh I beg, I beg and plead, singin’
Come out if things aren’t said
Shoot an apple off my head, and a
trouble that can’t be named
Tigers waitin’ to be tamed, singin’
You… are…
You… are…

Confusion never stops
Closing walls and ticking clocks, gonna
come back and take you home,
I could not stop that you now know, singin’
Come out upon my seas
Curse missed opportunities, am I
a part of the cure, or
am I part of the disease?, singin’
You… are…
You… are…
You… are…
You… are…

Oh, nothing else compares
Oh, nothing else compares
And nothing else compares

(You… are…
You… are…)
Home, home,
where I wanted to go
Home, home,
where I wanted to go
Home, home, (You…)
where I wanted to go (are…)
Home, home, (You…)
where I wanted to go (are…)

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Yellow” is the breakthrough single that earned Coldplay international recognition. It was the second single from their debut album Parachutes and their first Top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart. Regional singles were released for France, the United States, and Brazil.

The song was recorded at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios. The recording was rushed, so that the song could be released in time for Summer 2000. In 2001, the single was used extensively for ABC fall television promotions, and was also employed as the theme music for The Cancer Council Australia’s “Daffodil Day”, in recognition of that organization’s official flower’s yellow hue.

On VH1’s Storytellers program, Chris Martin revealed that his inspiration for the song’s title came from the Yellow Pages.[1]

The song is consistently played during home games at English Premiership club Watford.


  1. “Help is Round the Corner” – 2:38

  2. “No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground” – 4:33

Cover images

  • UK (CD)

Background and Inspiration

Yellow was written in a Rockfield studio in Wales called the Quadrangle, where Coldplay began working on their debut album, Parachutes. One night after finishing recording Shiver, the lead single of the album, the band took a break and went out of the studio. Outside, there were few lights on and the stars in the sky were visible and “just amazing”, according to the song’s co-producer, Ken Nelson. He told the band to look at the stars, which they did. Vocalist Chris Martin was inspired by the sight and the song’s main melody, consisting of a chord pattern, popped into his head. At first, Martin did not take it seriously “as he relayed the tune to the rest of the band in his worst Neil Young impersonation voice”. Martin has said, “The song had the word ‘stars’ and that seemed like a word you should sing in a Neil Young voice.” The melody “started off a lot slower”, according to drummer Will Champion, and it sounded like a Neil Young song. Not long after, despite not taking the song seriously, Martin’s idea worked out when he had developed the tempo of the verse. When guitarist Jonny Buckland started playing it and supplemented it with his ideas, they had created the riff, “and it sort of got a bit heavier”.

While composing the song’s lyrics, however, Martin could not find the right words. He was thinking of a specific word, which he deemed a missing key word in the lyrics, to fit the song’s concept. He looked around the studio and found the telephone directory Yellow Pages, which happened to be situated nearest to him. Martin later titled the song “Yellow” as a reference to the directory. He quipped, “In an alternate universe, this song could be called ‘Playboy.’ “The lyrics progressed from there with the band collaborating. Bassist Guy Berryman came up with the opening line “Look at the stars”. That night, having quickly composed the song, the band recorded it.

Release and reception

“Yellow” and “Shiver” were initially released as EPs in the spring of 2000.[9] The former was later released as a single in UK on 26 June 2000. The single includes the songs “Help Is Round the Corner” and “No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground”, the third taken from the band’s first EP, Safety.In the United States, however, the song was released as the lead single off the album. In October 2000, the track was sent to US college and alternative radio outlets.[2] The band released a limited-edition CD of “Trouble”, the third single off Parachutes, which features a remix of “Yellow”. It was pressed to 1,000 copies, and was issued only to fans and journalists.

The single, accompanied by its TV reception through its music video, received massive radio airplay, particularly at BBC Radio 1. The reaction was chiefly positive and even the newly-revitalized BBC Radio 2 played the track repeatedly. This heavy rotation continued for months after its release, eventually ending as 2000’s most-aired song. It has also became a sing-along number at various British clubs, pubs and sporting events; the song is consistently played during home games at English Championship club Watford. A month after the album was released in the United States via record label Nettwerk, “Yellow” was used as the theme song for ABC autumn television promotions. The song was also used as the theme music for The Cancer Council Australia’s “Daffodil Day”, in recognition of that organization’s official flower’s yellow hue.

The song was well-received from critics. Matt Diehl of Rolling Stone magazine has noted “Yellow” is “unrepentantly romantic”, adding that “the band creates a hypnotic slo-mo otherworld where spirit rules supreme”. “Yellow” won Best Single at the 2001 NME Carling Awards. It was nominated at the 2002 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Billboard said that “every time that electric-guitar riff barges in, you’re hooked all over again.” In August 2009 the song was listed at #263 on Pitchfork Media’s “Top 500 songs of the 2000’s”. This song was also selected as one of many songs to hear and download in the musical reference book, 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download.

Music video

A still from the “Yellow” music video.

The music video for “Yellow” was filmed at Studland Bay, near Swanage, England. The area is known for its beautiful beaches and is a National Trust location. The video is very minimalistic and simple, featuring only lead singer Chris Martin singing the song as he walks along the beach. He is wearing a raincoat with his hair wet, suggesting that it had just rained. The video is one continuous shot with no cuts. Also, the entire sequence is in slow motion.

Originally it had been intended for the whole band to appear in the video, in a sunny setting. However, band member Will Champion’s mother’s funeral was held on the day of the recording, so it was decided that only Martin would appear in the video. The weather also opposed the original plan, with harsh winds and rain instead of the sunny day that had been envisioned. It had also been originally intended for there to be moving stars in the sky, as if in a time-lapse. The directors however agreed that this would have been too distracting for the focus of the video, which was Chris Martin. The plan of time advancing was still kept, however. The video begins with the beach being somewhat dark until sunlight arrives nearly at the video’s midway point.

The video was directed by James & Alex of The Artists Company. The video was shot at 50 frames per second, twice the regular speed. At the shoot, Chris Martin had to sing the song at double speed so that the audio and visual content would sync up. The final product is slowed to 25 frames per second, giving the slow motion effect of the video.

The transition of the video from night to day was achieved through telecine. During the transfer from film to videotape, an operator manually adjusted the amount of lighting for blue in the beginning, red in the middle, and yellow at the end of the video.

Shooting was completed in a single day, with five takes for the video.[2]

Chart performance

Yellow played well in Europe, and was popular. In the United Kingdom, its midweek sales suggested that the single would reach the Top 10 of the chart. Although the band supposed “Yellow” would decline inside the Top 20, they would have considered its performance a triumph since the album’s lead single, “Shiver”, had only reached the 35th position. Since “Yellow”‘s second week sales were stronger, it eventually reached number four, giving the band their first Top 10 single in the United Kingdom. The popularity of the song in British clubs, pubs and sporting events bolstered the album to debut at number one on the UK Albums Chart.

“Yellow” achieved popularity in the United States, and was Coldplay’s first American hit. The single charted on eight different Billboard singles charts; it also topped various US modern-rock radio playlists in the spring of 2001. The single performed as it did in Europe and has helped Parachutes be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America during the single’s stay on the chart. After Coldplay’s appearance at Sound Relief in Australia, In the charting week starting 22 March 2009, the single made a return to the Australian ARIA Top 50, after almost eight years since its last appearance in the Top 50. It re-entered the chart at number 48.

Awards and nominations

Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

Live Performances

Coldplay has performed Yellow several times throughout their career, and it has been an audience favourite. The band had their debut performance on television on the show Later…with Jools Holland. They performed Parachutes’s lead single, Shiver, and the new song, Yellow; but it was the latter that had an immediate studio audience impact. They have also performed at the Glastonbury Festival, one of the prominent festivals in Europe. During their second appearance in July 2000, Coldplay performed “Yellow” and “effortlessly” captured over 10,000 spectators. Coldplay’s popularity at this time was still growing and “Yellow” has helped cultivate it; Martin has said it was the best day of their year. When this song is performed at concerts, large yellow balloons are dropped on the audience. The first known sighting of yellow balloons at a Coldplay concert can be dated back to 24 September 2002 at the UIC Pavilion, in Chicago, Illinois during the song “Yellow”. Chris Martin noticed the balloons in the air with a surprised look. Now, the balloons are filled with confetti, and at the end of the song Chris Martin pops one with his guitar and confetti flies everywhere.


Yellow has been covered by numerous singers worldwide, some in different languages and styles. A Chinese language version of “Yellow” was recorded by Chinese rock singer Zheng Jun in 2001, six months after the original release of the single. Singaporean singer Tanya Chua covered the song.[25] The cover band and comedy act Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine covered this as a Lounge style version on his 2004 album I’d Like a Virgin. The song has also been performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. American musicians Petra Haden and Bill Frisell covered the song, featuring it in their album Petra Haden and Bill Frisell; the cover appears in episode 3.08 of the The O.C.. In 2006, Tre Lux covered “Yellow” on the cover album A Strange Gathering. Fame Academy winner Alex Parks often performed “Yellow” and a cover appears on her debut album. English vocal troupe G4 covered the song for their second album, G4 & Friends, with “unique harmonies”. American singer-writer Brooke White covered “Yellow” on her 2006 album Songs from the Attic. White’s manager directed her to cover American hard rock band Aerosmith’s 1973 single “Dream On”, but she wanted to do “Yellow”. Since they had contradicting ideas, they compromised and ended up producing cover versions of the two. In 2009, Jem performed a cover of Yellow for Starbucks Entertainment’s Valentine’s Day compilation Sweetheart: Our Favorite Artists Sing Their Favorite Love Songs.

The song has also been covered in live performances by various artists. The progressive bluegrass trio Nickel Creek has played “Yellow” in the middle of “The Lighthouse’s Tale” at their concerts. Boyce Avenue an acoustic rock band from Florida covered “Yellow” in their album entitled “Influential Sessions”. Galway-based musicians Joe Joyce and Oisin Tierney have been known to cover “Yellow” as part of their performances, and American band The Almost has often covered “Yellow” at their live shows. American alternative rock band Brand New often covers part of the song live at the end of their song “The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot”. The X Factor 2008 contestant Diana Vickers covered the song for ‘Best of British week’. During their 2010 tour, Limp Bizkit have also covered the song regularly live. U2 performed an excerpt of “Yellow” live at Glastonbury Festival 2011.

Song Facts

Lead singer Chris Martin has said that the lyrics are about being devoted to someone, wanting to do anything for them – writing a song for them, swimming across the sea for them and so on. He said that it’s not necessarily a romantic devotion, but someone that you look up to and would do anything for, a brotherly love. (thanks, Adam – Sussex, England)

The band came up with the line “Look at the stars, look how they shine for you” after looking up at the night sky. They were recording in Wales, which had a nice, clear sky.

The color yellow can have many negative implications (“Yellow Journalism,” “Yellow Fever,” a “Yellow Card” for a foul in soccer), but for Coldplay, it is a beautiful color. According to lead singer Chris Martin, “It was simply because that word sounded nice, it just seemed to fit, no other reason. None of the other colors would have sounded right really!” The Beatles were kind to the color when they used it in their song “Yellow Submarine.”

Martin initially wrote the words and melody, then the rest of the band wrote the other bits and pieces (the hook, the riff, fillsetc.). (thanks, Edward Pearce – Ashford, Kent, England)

“Yellow” is a term that can mean cowardly or afraid. From this standpoint, the singer could be afraid and nervous to show his love, until he “ran across” and “jumped across” for her. He finally got the nerve to express his love. (thanks, Stefan – Winona, MN)

This was a hit in their native England, but it didn’t do nearly as well in the US, where it took Coldplay longer to catch on. The song did have tremendous crossover appeal, however, and got lots of airplay on Modern Rock, Adult Contemporary and Pop radio stations.

The video is one continuous shot of Chris Martin walking on a beach in England. The plan was to shoot the band walking along a sunny beach with lots of people lying around, but Coldplay drummer Will Champion’s mother died shortly before the shoot. The film crew and extras were already hired, so with the band’s blessing, Martin went by himself while the other members attended the funeral. It was raining that day, so instead of using the extras, they had Martin alone on the beach. Parachutes is dedicated to Champion’s mother. (thanks, Rich – Llanelli, Wales)

The video was shot at a fast shutter speed to achieve the slow-motion. In order for Martin to sing along, he had to lip-sync to the song played at double speed.

Coldplay was in England recording other tracks for the album while this was being mixed in New York. They hated the results of the mix and flew to New York to make sure they got the sound they were looking for.

ABC Television used this song to promote their shows. The campaign featured bright yellow backgrounds.

This won a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album. This was nominated for Best Rock Song, but lost to “Drops Of Jupiter” by Train.

When performing this song, Chris Martin used to change the song’s melody. However, R.E.M’s Michael Stipe advised against it: “Stop doing that. People want to hear the songs the way they know them.” The Coldplay vocalist began singing all their songs in a straightforward way.

An acoustic version of Yellow is available on the God Put a Smile Upon Your Face EP, but it is incorrectly labeled as a live version.

The Oracle on Yellow

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. :-))
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.

July 3, 2012 – submitted by Cameron F, United States of America

Q. I’ve heard that the song Yellow was influenced in some part by the novel Great Gatsby. I’m torn, because I’ve read that Chris was inspired by a meteor shower, but at a recent concert, the yellow lights faded to a single green light, just like in the book.

The Oracle replies:

I don’t know where you heard it was influenced by The Great Gatsby, but it wasn’t.

The story involves Chris singing in the style of Neil Young during their recording session after strumming some chords that he liked.

Speaking of The Great Gatsby, Gatz is a new show that features an enactment of the novel in its entirety – 6 hours of performance!

One of the actors, Scott Shepherd, knows the entire book off by heart. Incredible.

April 24, 2012 – submitted by Saz, United States of America

Q. Hello dear Oracle,

This is not so much a question as it is a request. I will soon be going to see Coldplay at the Hollywood Bowl and I always hoped that at a Coldplay concert I would be able to hear the song Yellow, but experience it like seen in videos with giant yellow bouncy balls. So if you could put in a good word for us Cali kids to get to experience that live, that would be fantastic. Thanks. 🙂

The Oracle replies:

I don’t need to put a good word in for you as that will definitely be happening. If you read the review of the first show in Edmonton, you’ll see the yellow balloons are still very much a feature of Yellow live.

March 28, 2012 – submitted by Ben, United Kingdom

Q. Last week I went on a geography trip to Studland Bay where the music video for Yellow was filmed – why was this beach, of all beaches chosen?

The Oracle replies:

James Frost (one half of the video’s directing team) said it was their producer who suggested it.
As is usual with videos, several locations are given as options before a scout of those places are carried out. Studland Bay was actually the first they visited and as soon as they saw it they knew immediately it was the right place to film.

April 14, 2011 – submitted by Chris K, United States of America

Q. I teach 4th grade in a Quantum learning classroom, and for some reason the beginning of Yellow from the Live 2003 world tour really calms them down in the morning. Is there a studio version of Yellow from the Live 2003 tour? The beginning of the song really helps them focus! It’s been a great opportunity to introduce the class to Coldplay. Oracle… can you help me out here?

The Oracle replies:

I take it you mean a CD studio recording of the version of Yellow from the Live 2003 DVD. The only recording of that version of Yellow is live. There is a CD as well as the DVD with 12 tracks lifted from the same shows and that does feature Yellow.

March 17, 2011 – submitted by Kim, Canada

Q. Further to Pedro’s question…so the video was not shot in real time?

The Oracle replies:

Although it looks like it was all done in one take, apart from the illusion of time passing quickly, they actually ran through the song five times and it was filmed in an hour.

March 16, 2011 – submitted by Pedro, Argentina

Q. Hi O! I know you may have asked this before, but I would like to know how was Yellow clip made? How is it possible that in a few minutes the sky turned into a light blue and Chris didn’t let footprints on the sand?!

Sorry if it’s a repeated question but it’s burning my head! Thank you!

PS: I can’t wait for the new album!

The Oracle replies:

I have been asked about the video for Yellow before but was shocked to discover from the tag cloud that I haven’t answered one since February 2009 – apparently.

Anyway, films/videos/photographs etc. can feature special effects used during shooting or they can be digitally enhanced afterward (removing footprints if necessary though I can see plenty).

In the case of Yellow, after the film was processed it went through another process called gradual grade that gave the impression of the day changing.

November 8, 2010 – submitted by Danny, United States of America

Q. Hello Oracle! I am curious about one remix of Coldplay.

I found a version of Yellow called the Alpha Remix. Did Coldplay help create this song or is it an independent song from a DJ (such as Junkie XL)?

Thanks and hope your October is going well!

The Oracle replies:

Well I guess the whole point of a remix is that someone takes a song and puts their spin on it so the band don’t get involved in the process. Please note that in my eyes Coldplay did help to “create” it as they wrote the original and that is the fundamental part; a remix is an alternative version so I wouldn’t refer to it as “independent”. Bands don’t necessarily commission remixes by the way.

There have been a few mixes that the band have really liked and gone on to use such as the Yellow Alpha remix (appeared on the Mince Spies CD) and the Thin White Duke remix of Viva la Vida (used as a musical interlude on the last tour).

January 5, 2010 – submitted by Lauren, United States of America

Q. Hey, Oracle!

In light of Jacob’s question about the intro song for the 2003 concerts, I was wondering what the song is that’s at the beginning of Yellow, like in the Live 2003 version. Or is it just a sample that was created for that purpose? I’ve always thought it was really beautiful so if there’s a full song then I’d love to hear it!

The Oracle replies:

It was a new extended intro that was indeed created for that purpose. I have mentioned before that Yellow is one of those songs that the band like to play around with live so that it doesn’t become boring for the fans and the band – as if eh? You can find it on both the DVD and CD of Live 2003.

November 11, 2009 – submitted by Daniel, Australia

Q. I’ve noticed that the version of Yellow being played in the tour so far is faster than the album and previous live versions. Any reason for this change in tempo?

The Oracle replies:

As you can imagine when you have a song that you know you are going to be playing for the rest of your career it’s good to take a different spin on it every tour. The boys consciously decided to try to keep it interesting for both fans and themselves. They did however ditch an acoustic version… If you look back to the Twisted Logic tour there was a completely different approach then too.

April 3, 2009 – submitted by Margaret, United States of America

Q. There’s quite a bit of internet banter regarding the lyrics of Yellow (throwback, I know). However… I’ve got to know. Is the correct line “for you I’d bleed myself dry” or “for you I’d plead myself tryin'”?

Please answer soon. In the meantime, I’ll be looking at the stars and marveling at how they shine for you.
Love to the Oracle.


The Oracle replies:

You’ll find the correct lyric – for you I’d bleed myself dry – in our Discography, complete with lyrics.
I quite like your alternative though!

February 16, 2009 – submitted by Siya, South Africa

Q. Yellow (Hallo)…….Watching the video for Yellow , one can easily think it was shot in ONE TAKE. Was it, or is it just cleverly shot?? Well, either way its cleverly shot…..please answer, otherwise am banging my head against the wall here……no wall deserves that!


The Oracle replies:

It was actually all down to clever techniques. It took about an hour to shoot and they ran through the song 5 times (Another interesting bit of information is the track was running at double speed, as was the camera. What you see is the film at its normal speed giving the effect of it looking slightly slower than normal). After the film was processed it went through a process called gradual grade that gave the impression of the day changing.

January 16, 2009 – submitted by Alexia, United States of America

Q. Hello Oracle!

I was just listening to Yellow by Coldplay and was wondering where they got the idea for that awsome song? Thanx:)

The Oracle replies:

It was actually inspired by a meteor shower that took place during the recording of the album Parachutes. They were at Rockfield Studios (Wales). Take a look at the guest book…

September 1, 2008 – submitted by Krine, France

Q. During Yellow, in concert, there are big balloons, like in the next tour? (thanks for the show on BBC and thanks you, Oracle).

The Oracle replies:

The balloons appeared during the last tour and the band don’t tend to repeat any effects so you won’t be seeing those again. There are other visual delights on this tour but if you loved the big yellow balloons during Yellow, you can see plenty of photos and videos of them online.

August 29, 2008 – submitted by Jody, United Kingdom

Q. On which beach was the video for Yellow filmed?

The Oracle replies:

It was Studland Bay, which is a few miles north of Swanage. The area is part of the National Trust and is renowned for being one of the most beautiful beaches in England.

August 7, 2008 – submitted by Emily, United Kingdom

Q. I saw a film a few years back where Chris and Jonny were discussing the inspiration behind the song ‘Yellow’. The camera panned to the Yellow pages and to this day my husband and I still argue over whether this was a wind up or not. Oracle, please clarify.

The Oracle replies:

Whatever you have seen or heard about how Yellow got its name; it is nothing to do with Yellow Pages. I know Chris has said on occasion that it is, but trust me, it isn’t.

July 31, 2008 – submitted by Anna, Hungary

Q. I am translating a play. There is a line about “my sister watching Coldplay. They are singing that song about the stars.” Would you happen to know which song is meant? Thanks

The Oracle replies:

That would be Yellow.


Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow.

I came along,
I wrote a song for you,
And all the things you do,
And it was called “Yellow”

So then I took my turn,
Oh, what a thing to have done,
And it was all “Yellow”

Your skin
Oh, yeah, your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
Do you know, you know I love you so,
You know I love you so.

I swam across,
I jumped across for you,
Oh, what a thing to do.
‘Cause you were all “Yellow”

I drew a line,
I drew a line for you,
Oh, what a thing to do,
And it was all “Yellow”

Your skin,
Oh, yeah, your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
And you know
For you I’d bleed myself dry
For you I’d bleed myself dry.

It’s true,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine for you,
Look how they shine

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And all the things that you do.

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Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Christopher Anthony John Martin (born March 2, 1977) is the lead singer, pianist and occasional rhythm guitarist of the popular rock band Coldplay. He has a baritenor voice and is known for his frequent use of falsetto.


  • 10 The Oracle on Chris Martin

Early Life

Martin was born as the oldest of five children of Anthony and Alison Martin, an accountant and teacher, respectively, in Exeter, Devon, England. He was educated at Sherborne School, a famous boys’ independent school in Sherborne, Dorset, in England, and later at University College London where he read Ancient World Studies. Martin played the family piano from a young age, and would later learn how to play the guitar.

Solo Work

As a solo artist, Martin has written songs for a variety of acts including Embrace (“Gravity”) and Jamelia (“See It in a Boy’s Eyes”). Martin has also collaborated with Ron Sexsmith, Faultline, The Streets, and Ian McCulloch. He also sang a part of the vocals for the Band Aid 20 single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” at the end of 2004. In 2005, Martin collaborated with Nelly Furtado on the track “All Good Things (Come to an End)”, for her 2006 album, Loose. The two were once rumoured to be a couple, after they both performed at Glastonbury in 2002. Furtado joked about the situation, saying that “Yeah, he’s my boyfriend — he just doesn’t know it yet”.

Martin’s fascination with hip hop was shown in the summer of 2006 when he collaborated with rapper Jay-Z for the rapper’s comeback album Kingdom Come after the two met earlier in the year. Martin put some chords together for a song known as “Beach Chair” and sent them to Jay-Z who enlisted the help of hip hop producer Dr. Dre to add the drum line to complete the track. The song was performed on September 27, 2006 by the two during Jay-Z’s European tour at Royal Albert Hall. “Beach Chair” is featured on the album Kingdom Come and is rumored to be the third single off the album.

In 2007, Martin appeared on a track titled “Part of the Plan” for Swizz Beatz’ debut solo album One Man Band Man. Martin has also worked on a solo collaboration with Kanye West, with whom he shared an impromptu jam session during a 2006 concert at Abbey Road Studios. He performs the chorus on a song called “Homecoming” on Kanye West’s newly released album, Graduation.

Personal life

Martin married actress Gwyneth Paltrow on December 5, 2003. They announced their separation in March 2014. Chris has since reportedly been involved in a relationship with actress Jennifer Lawrence. Their daughter, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, was born on May 14, 2004 in London. The couple’s second child, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, was born in New York City on April 8, 2006. Simon Pegg (who happens to be a close friend of Martin) is one of Apple Martin’s godfathers (the other is bandmate Jonny Buckland), resultant of a friendship between Paltrow and Pegg, prior to Martin’s appearance in Shaun of the Dead.

He is a close friend of singer-songwriter Matthew Logan.

William Willett, the inventor of daylight saving time, is Martin’s great-great-grandfather.

Martin is ambidextrous, he writes with his left hand, plays the French guitar the orthodox way and draws with his right hand.


Martin performs live with Coldplay in Hong Kong, 2006.

One of the bands that Martin credits with the heaviest influence on him as a musician is Norwegian pop-band A-ha. One song in particular has stayed in Martin’s mind, as the following quote says: “As a 12 year old, Hunting High and Low was always in my head, and A-ha still continues to be an important band to me.” In 2005 Martin said “I was in Amsterdam the other day and I put on the album Hunting High and Low. I remembered right there and then how much I loved that album. It’s just unbelievable songwriting.” He has also been known to copy the style of A-ha vocalist Morten Harket: “It was the way Morten Harket used to have different things on his wrists. I do it myself, still. He is the most disarming and beautiful man you’ll ever gonna meet.”

U2 has been another important influence on Martin both musically and politically[3],he wrote for Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time[4] the section on U2, saying: “I don’t buy weekend tickets to Ireland and hang out in front of their gates, but U2 are the only band whose entire catalog I know by heart. The first song on The Unforgettable Fire, “A Sort of Homecoming,” I know backward and forward — it’s so rousing, brilliant and beautiful. It’s one of the first songs I played to my unborn baby.” Martin also comments on Bono’s impact on his own charity and political efforts.

Martin has also cited Bob Dylan, The Police, Sting, James, Travis, Embrace and Keane as influences.

Other endeavours

Martin and Coldplay guitarist Jon Buckland made cameo appearances in the film Shaun of the Dead as supporters of the fictional charity ZombAid. In 2006 Martin had a cameo role in the second series episode four of the Ricky Gervais- and Stephen Merchant-created comedy Extras.

Martin has been particularly outspoken on issues of fair trade and has done a great deal of campaigning for the charity Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign. He personally traveled to Ghana and Haiti to study the effects of free trade practices. When performing, he usually has variations of “Make Trade Fair”, “MTF” or an equal sign written on the back of his left hand and the letters “MTF” can be seen emblazoned on his piano.

Martin has been somewhat active in politics. He was a vocal critic of President George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Martin was a strong supporter of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, most notably during his acceptance speech for the 2004 Grammy Awards Record of the Year, accepting for “Clocks”.

On April 1, 2006, The Guardian reported[5] that Martin was backing the British Conservative Party leader David Cameron and had written a new theme song for the party entitled “Talk to David”.[6] This was later revealed to be an April Fool’s joke.

Selected events

Martin was voted as one of PETA’s two 2005 “World’s Sexiest Vegetarians”.

Solo Discography

  • William Willett, the inventor of daylight saving time, is Martin’s great-great-grandfather.

  • Although left-handed, he plays guitar in the right-handed style.

  • He often refers to himself as “Crono” emulating his hero Bono.

Chris Martin on Coldplay fans

Coldplay is for people with great taste, intelligence, incredible good lookingness, talent, ability, success, grabbing of life.

Coldplay’s for people who know what life’s about. They’re always entertaining. Delightful to talk to. Sweet, charming, incredibly good in bed. Virile. They have incredible success with girls, or boys, or both. They’re generally just the world’s best citizens.

Maybe I’m biased, but I’m definitely right.

The Oracle on Chris Martin

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