5 oracle items tagged as mince spies
October 27, 2014 / submitted by Mitchell, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle,
Was Mince Spies ever officially released? Because the version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is amazing!

As always, I point you to the Recordings section of the website. A good rule of thumb: if it isn't there, it isn't a proper release.
The Mince Spies CD was limited & given as a Christmas gift for members of the (now defunct) fan club.

December 9, 2013 / submitted by Philippa, United Kingdom
Q.  It's almost Christmas and I'll be playing Christmas Lights on repeat. I'd like to add Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas to my playlist. Any chance of a Mince Spies re-release? PLEASE!

I'm afraid not. This time of year is when I get asked this question the most - not surprisingly - but it's not likely to ever see the light of day as a re-release. It is a rare item from their very early days and I think that's what makes it a very special item. I just looked and there's one on eBay but it may set you back a few quid.

August 21, 2012 / submitted by Marcus, Hong Kong
Q.  A simple question. Is it still possible to buy Mince Spies? And if yes where?

Not unless anyone is selling their copy somewhere on the Internet I'm afraid. Very occasionally they turn up on a well-established auction site or an online store for rare collectibles. I just looked and couldn't find one.

June 29, 2009 / submitted by Benjamin, United States of America
Q.  Is there such a thing as Mince Spies?

There is if you mean a limited edition CD that the band gave away to fans at Christmas 2001.
It featured two tracks: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Yellow (Alpha Remix).

January 7, 2009 / submitted by Daan, United Kingdom
Q.  Happy New Year, Oracle!
I am embroiled in an imbroglio; exactly which version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" did Coldplay record for the limited edition EP Mince Spies, back in 2001? Was it the one that you have on the time line on this site, which is also the one that was recently (re-)aired, and put up for download, by Radio 1, who said Chris had come especially to record it in their studio, or is it the version where Chris says at the beginning of it "This is take 4 of Have yourself a merry christmas, just for *something sounding like "Kay"* Rock, Los Angeles. Ready?", which is also the version to be found on Youtube, adorned by a cover of the EP, when you search for "Coldplay have yourself a merry little christmas"?
I know I have a habit of writing criminally long sentences. Apologies.

It was the former version you mention. Recorded for a radio 1 Christmas show session that appeared on the Mince Spies CD. The latter was a recording for an American radio station KROQ.