September 5, 2013 - submitted by Helen, Australia

Q. Dear Oracle,
Do you think Coldplay would still be where they are now (in terms of success and "making it" as a band) if they kept the name Starfish?

The Oracle replies:

I'd certainly hope so! It really shouldn't matter what a band is called and plenty bands with terrible names have been successful. People do see past a name especially when the band are backing it up with amazing songs. Plenty of folk think Oasis a bad band name but who cares?
Of course I feel a hypocrite because I hate(d) the name Starfish but I have no doubt that upon hearing Bigger Stronger any feelings of negativity over it would have evaporated.