5 oracle items tagged as life in technicolor ii
August 31, 2012 / submitted by Elle, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Life In Technicolour is one of my all time favourite Coldplay songs. I have always wondered why the track on the album Viva La Vida doesn't have lyrics it is just an instrumental track? However the music video is a full version complete with lyrics. Is there a reason for this?
Thank you very much for answering my question, Elle.

Life in Technicolor and Life in Technicolor ii are two different songs. Part ii is the lyric version that was released as a single (from the Prospekt's March EP) and therefore a video was made.

January 23, 2009 / submitted by Luis, New Zealand
Q.  I just noticed when watching the Life in Technicolor ii video that Chris starts singing quite a bit earlier than he does on Prospekt's March; straight after the drums start. Is there any particular reason for this?

The majority of singles that are released are Radio Edit versions of the original. They're usually under 4 minutes and as the name suggests, tailored for radio airplay. Some songs lose part of their intro (as in the case of LiTii), some fade out sooner at the end and others are a complete remix.

January 22, 2009 / submitted by Jessamacar, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Can Chris do flips like in the LITii Video clip or is that why they used puppets???
from jess

Supple as Chris is, he doesn't do flips or the splits but that's not why puppets were used.
On the subject of the video, there have been a few more questions...
Crew members in the video aren't modelled on the real crew so no, you can't spot Roadie #42.
I can't believe I'm about to talk butts but someone DID ask, this also means that no-one had to show their plumber's crack (we call it a builder's crack here)!

January 21, 2009 / submitted by Simon, Netherlands
Q.  Hi Oracle, is it true that Coldplay's fifth member made an appearance in the new Life in Technicolor ii video?

Indeed it is. One of the chaps holding a video camera is wearing a cream sweater, similar to Aran style and that is Phil Harvey.

January 21, 2009 / submitted by Taylor, United States of America
Q.  Dearest Oracle,
In the new video for Life in Technicolor ii, one of the little girls has an unofficial Coldplay biography. Has this book already been published, will it be published in the future, or was it just a book cover made for the video?

It was just a video prop. From the terrible photo on the cover to the appalling name (Playing it Cool) I’d hope no such book ever exists! I wonder if she bought it at the jumble sale for 10p? For our overseas fans a jumble sale also known as a rummage sale is a bit like a yard sale or car boot sale without the yard or car and usually takes place in a church/village hall. People sell home baked cakes, various donated second-hand bric-a-brac, books etc. They also tend to have a Tombola, which is basically a raffle to win prizes. In the video it's part of a village fete.
All the proceeds raised are for fundraising purposes, whether that is to donate to charity or a local cause such as a new church roof. NB: This video is fictional so didn't really happen...