6 oracle items tagged as demo
October 13, 2014 / submitted by Pablo, United States of America
Q.  Hi dear Oracle!
Does Ode to Deodorant count as an official Coldplay recording? Because in the recording section of the webpage I couldn't find it.
Thank You!!

No. The Recordings section of the site only includes official full releases of singles, E.Ps and albums. Demo recordings don't count - apart from Safety as this was still seen as a professional release despite it being a self-financed / self-released without a label.

April 14, 2014 / submitted by Brock, Canada
Q.  I was just wondering if the song Ode to Deodorant was really the first song ever recorded by Coldplay?

The first songs that were recorded on tape as rough demos didn't include Ode to Deodorant.
Ode was recorded in a studio (with Brothers & Sisters) and there was a master CDR of it. From this, cassette copies were made.
The Safety EP was the first recording that had multiple CDs pressed and distributed hence that being credited as their first release - though it was never available for sale.

August 20, 2013 / submitted by Violet, United States of America
Q.  Why don't Coldplay put up unreleased songs online anymore like they did in the past. Even if they don't make it on a cd I'd love to hear them and enjoy it like all of their other unreleased songs. Or even demos too like they did for Viva la Vida.

With Love from California!

Unless I am having a severe senior moment (it's possible), I cant think of one unreleased song that Coldplay have ever put online. If you're referring to any demo songs you may have found on sites other than, they are illegally there without consent.
As far as I am aware, the band have never put unreleased songs online. The only (sort of) exception are the snippets (on this site withing the archived Timeline) of their first Starfish gig on 16 January 1998.

April 3, 2013 / submitted by Erin, United States of America
Q.  Hey guys
I am totally wondering about the Blue Room e.p. and Brothers and Sisters e.p.
Are these the first Coldplay recordings or just demos? Thank you in advance! (PS you guys are awesome!)

Brothers & Sisters was a band demo that was released as a single by Fierce Panda. There was a subsequent version of Brothers & Sisters recorded for the b side of Trouble.
Coldplay's first release for EMI was The Blue Room. It contained a couple of tracks from their professionally studio recorded Safety ep demo.
So to answer your question, both eps are made up of both.
Coldplay's demos were all of high quality though so it's hard to see them as demonstration when they were so good.

January 10, 2013 / submitted by Charlie, United Kingdom
Q.  Do you think that there's the possibility in the future that Coldplay might release a CD compilation of their unreleased studio tracks and demos? Or are these got rid of at the end of each recording session?

An unreleased studio track would be discarded because it either doesn't "fit" with the album as it takes shape or it's not good enough. If it's the former, there's no reason it wouldn't resurface at a later date. This is one reason it's sad to see the demise of the b-side as many of the great songs appeared that way.
If it's the latter, they wouldn't be released on any format for any reason.

If an artist wants you to hear something, you will hear it - whether live (as is the case with Spanish Rain for example), at an event (Wedding Bells at the Apple convention) or on a further release (the Prospekt E.P).

The thing with demos is, they're exactly that - a demonstration. They are a way to lay down ideas without committing to a full production. If it's decided the idea is worth developing, they can work on that to produce a better version.
They're not got rid of as there may be a hook or a riff that they could come back to a later date.
Generally it's likely an artist doesn't want a demo to be heard. There are exceptions of course. If it's a song in its entirety that was eventually released, and of a great standard, it could easily appear.
The Safety E.P is a good example.
That hadn't been the original idea. The band's recording session for their first E.P didn't quite go to plan. Due to time constraints they needed to release something. Their then A&R man decided they should go with 2 of the 3 tracks that featured on their self-financed Safety E.P. as well as new tracks.
The exact recordings from that Safety session were released on the Blue Room E.P.

While we're talking about demos that are officially released, one of my favourites ever is Amy Winehouse's Love is a Losing Game.

August 6, 2012 / submitted by Jameson, United States of America
Q.  Oracle,
Recently on Coldplay's wiki page, I found a list of unreleased songs from their various albums. Most of the Viva ones are available to listen as short demos on YouTube, but I couldn't help but notice a few that were unreleased from MX.

My question is, are the boys planning on releasing snippets of those demo MX tunes the same way they did the Viva ones?

Even their demos are (and most would agree) incredible music and it would be a shame if they were left on the shelf in The Bakery or The Beehive collecting dust.

Hmm, I have to set this straight: "are the boys planning on releasing snippets of those demo MX tunes the same way they did the Viva ones?"
No and the band did not release any Viva demos. They are not supposed to be on YouTube and they aren't meant to be out there at all. These things happen of course and I totally understand that fans want to hear everything but anything the band want people to hear is what is released and available - otherwise it's an illegal bootleg.