11 oracle items tagged as LITii
April 27, 2015 / submitted by Rafael, Brazil
Q.  Hi Oracale,

I went to listen to the Viva album on Spotify and was pretty mad when the first song started playing and it wasnt't Life In Technicolor but a radio edit of Life In Technicolor ii, why is that?

I think you may be confused, Rafael.
Life in Technicolor - that appears on the album - is the shorter version of the two.
Life in Technicolor ii is the longer and appears on Prospekt's March.
On my Spotify I only see the Prospekt's March Edition of Viva which has both Life in Technicolor & Life in Technicolor ii.

April 20, 2015 / submitted by Aimee, Ireland
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I've just been wondering, who made the puppets of the boys in the Life In Technicolor ii music video?

A guy called Nonny Banks. I answered a question about the LiTii video last week The link I shared gives more information about their creation.

August 26, 2014 / submitted by Stephanie , Canada
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I stumbled upon a Life In Technicolor ii 7 inch vinyl and was wondering if it was an official release or if it must be a bootleg copy?

Life in Technicolor ii was an official single and was released on 7 inch vinyl as well as a digital bundle.

July 24, 2014 / submitted by Danny, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle!

I have just been watching the Life in Technicolor ii video, and for the first time I noticed a sign that said 'Heswall Village Fete' I'm wondering whether the video was recorded in Heswall, Merseyside?


Danny :)

No, it wasn't. Dougal Wilson - the director - talked to Anchorman about the location:
"I wanted it to be in a very unsuspecting English village hall, so I tried to find the kind of place where the local ladies guild would have their meetings. But it was quite hard to find places that weren't being used, because those sort of halls are always being used by the table tennis club, or something. We searched for ages and then that one became available. It's in a place called Aldenham which is near Watford. Interestingly it's the same village where they shot the TV adaptation of the Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham, called Village Of The Damned. So it's got some film heritage."

October 23, 2013 / submitted by Ethan, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,
I hope all is well, I am just curious is there such an instrument that made the beginning /main sound in Life in Technicolor?
Have a great day,

Absolutely. The opening of the video shows 2 musician puppets. It's not terribly clear what the puppet at stage right is playing but if it's what we can hear, it should be a hammered dulcimer (strings).
FYI the other dude is playing tabla (drums).

November 5, 2010 / submitted by Christian, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Is the puppet at 3:14-3:15 of the Life in Technicolor ii Music video the mysterious fifth band member I've heard about and exactly who is he?

There is no mysterious fifth band member; that's about the only thing that's not a secret around these parts!
Phil Harvey is the 5th band member and although he does appear in human form in this video around the 1'56 and 3'03 marks, the puppet is just representing a crew member but bearing no resemblance to any living member of it.

July 23, 2010 / submitted by Jeff, United States of America
Q.  Will you please tell me where is Phil Harvey(the mysterious 5th member) is in the Life in Technicolor ii music video. He holds a video camera is a clue you have given to us but there are 3 people holding cameras.

Phil is spotted on the left hand side at 1 minute 55 seconds wearing a cream Arran sweater (another clue I also gave).

November 20, 2009 / submitted by Karen, France
Q.  Hi Oracle!
I saw the pictures of the puppets and I wonder if it's only Chris's puppet that can "talk" because in the video of LiT ii, we just can see Guy's and Will's puppet singing "oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh" ... But on these pictures, they don't all seem that they can "talk"...
So, do all the puppets move their mouth?
Thanks =D

Actually you are right Karen. The only puppet with a moving mouth is Chris. In the video it appears that Guy & Will are singing but that is an effect used to make it seem so as actually their mouths don't move at all.

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)!