3 oracle items tagged as backwards
June 11, 2009 / submitted by Anggita, Indonesia
Q.  Dear, my lovely Oracle.

I read that it took a month for Chris Martin to learn how to sang backward for The Scientist video.
So here's my question. What does the "backward" means?
Well, my sister and I has been argue about these for a few days and its start to annoying me.
She said that Chris only need to read the syllable backward when I said he need to read the lyric backward for every single letter.
Example: no-bo-dy = dy-bo-no (her opinion)
n-o-b-o-d-y = y-d-o-b-o-n (mine)
Which one of us is right and please give the explanation also cos we both really need to know before we start to kill each other because of this.

Huge thanks and love for you.

You're more right than your friend who didn't actually change the order of letters in the above case. When you say/sing anything backwards it still has to be phonetically the same but broken down into new syllables of sorts. When you play the reversed version backwards it has to sound as the forward version does. That would only work if reversed in the correct sequence: no-bod-y would be y-dob-on (but the no would be pronounced as oan).

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?

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.

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".