6 oracle items tagged as hardest part
December 19, 2013 / submitted by Laura, United Kingdom
Q.  Does the band have songs that they don't really like to play live?

There have been a couple of songs that have divided the band when it comes to playing live. The Hardest Part was a particular bone of contention.

June 5, 2009 / submitted by Andy, New Zealand
Q.  Dear Oracle,

On the new album, whose lovely voice is it doing the harmonies on The Hardest Part? When I saw the show I do not remember anyone else being on stage, but perhaps I was just distracted by Chris?

Gratefully yours,

I sort of answered this only yesterday but perhaps I wasn't clear. Anyway, as Chris performs this song from Stage B it's easy to miss that Will is singing backing vocals behind his drums on the main stage.

June 4, 2009 / submitted by Andrew, United States of America
Q.  Oh wise Oracle,
I just went to the Darien Center concert yesterday and it was by far the best concert I have ever been to in my life. I was wondering though, how come Chris played The Hardest Part acoustically? Hope you answer!

P.S. - When the band came and played in the back area of the crowd it was amazing I could have reached out and touched them!

This started back on Saturday 30 August 2008 when Coldplay performed an intimate live concert for BBC Radio 2. Chris announced that they were playing it that way as the band were divided on their opinion of the song. Two members like it; two don't so he and Will performed it acoustically. It then became a part of the live show and proves to be a popular version.

April 15, 2009 / submitted by Kiran, Canada
Q.  At a BBC radio gig, Chris started playing the Hardest Part on his own, then called it an ego trip. He went on to say two of the guys liked The Hardest Part (one of them being him, I assume) and that two of the guys weren't too fond of it. So who's on what side?

Chris and Will are on the pro side with Jonny & Guy on the other. All members favour the acoustic version though.

October 31, 2008 / submitted by Whisp, New Zealand
Q.  Hello. we were recently priviledged enough to stumble across Coldplay's "Hardest Part" video and to let Barbara the 84 year old dancer into our lives. Is there anywhere that we might obtain some further information about the legend herself (and perhaps a tad about Spencer her tanned, g-string clad companion)? thanks oracle, you're a champ. Whisp and Thong xxx

That video was made 16 years after Barbara (R.I.P) and Spencer appeared on the Attitudes show. There's not much information about the pair, which is a shame, but you can see a variation of the routine here.

August 15, 2008 / submitted by Miriam, United States of America
Q.  I was wondering- in Coldplay's music video The Hardest Part, was it the bands idea to to have that those 80's dancers in it? How did that come up and is it supposed to be funny? I was trying to find an "inner meaning" but I can't seem to find one.

There isn't an inner meaning. Basically Mary Wigmore, the video's director had been waiting for the right project to come along so she could use the footage. It was originally from a U.S talk show called Attitudes. The clip was taken from a 1990 episode in Miami featuring Gene & Barbara (the latter died a few years ago) and was spliced with the band's performance. It is supposed to be funny but of course no way patronizing to the amazing dancers.