January 17, 2013 - submitted by Rhys, Canada

Q. I know Coldplay used to be called Starfish, but did they have any other names before that?

The Oracle replies:

They had plenty of names but none that they gigged or recorded under. Starfish was the one they settled on from a selection of equally terrible suggestions - sorry guys!
The only other name that they ever used live was Pectorlaz but that wasn't serious - it was a jokey side project that didn't last, though one of their songs (Call Me) was recorded by an EMI artist some years later after they themselves were signed as Coldplay (obviously).