29 oracle items tagged as parachutes
April 13, 2015 / submitted by Aaron, Ireland
Q.  Hello Oracle,
I've written to you before but none of my questions have ever been answered :(
So, I was wondering why do the band not play many songs from X&Y live? The album is certainly a fan favorite and I know many other Coldplay fans would like to hear the songs be played live!
All the best,

I'm sure it's a fan favourite but you may not know that's it's most definitely not the band's favourite which may explain why there aren't many songs performed live from it.
That said, they can't include everything and there aren't many played from Parachutes either.

March 25, 2015 / submitted by Faye, Australia
Q.  Hey hey hey,
Is the globe sitting on the amp in the Shiver video the same one from the Parachutes album cover?

I have answered a few questions about the globe over the years. Yes, the one in the video is the same as the one on the cover though there were several globes. They eventually made their way into storage but the original globe was auctioned for charity and raised £8,230 for Kids Company.

October 22, 2014 / submitted by Jacklord, Philippines
Q.  Hello Oracle. I just learned that Coldplay hates Parachutes which i think is great. Why do they hate it?

They don't! I'm not sure where you read / heard that but that's not true.
They're not crazy about X&Y (some, not all if it) but I've never heard them say anything negative about their wonderful debut album.

September 29, 2014 / submitted by Bruno, Argentina
Q.  Hello there! I just wanted to know what Parachutes song was WRITTEN first. I'm getting into music writing and recording, and Coldplay is one of my biggest inspirations.
Thank you!

Don't Panic closely followed by High Speed. The former was always a consideration for the album but the latter wasn't. High Speed was an abandoned demo that was resurrected.

September 22, 2014 / submitted by Amal, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear the great Oracle,
Will Coldplay ever perform any songs from Parachutes ever again? I only ask because this is my favourite album of Coldplay and to hear them perform it again would mean the world to me.

Yes, I'd put money on it though I can't say what, when or where. They played Don't Panic and Yellow on the last tour.

August 13, 2014 / submitted by Millie, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle,
I realised that Coldplay seem to hire artists to create the artwork for their albums and I was wondering if they ever created art between themselves?
Thank you!

I prefer the word commission because sometimes the band are shown / see artwork they love and then approach the artist to work with them.
They have also created their own artwork. For example, the Parachutes album cover was their last minute creation and some of the Viva artwork - which you can find on the tour programme cover.

April 24, 2014 / submitted by Carlos , United States of America
Q.  Who produced your first album? Are they part of a record label?

Ken Nelson produced the first album. Some producers may have record deals in their own right but not as a general rule. Ken was not and is not part of a record label.
Caroline Elleray (from the band's publishing company), introduced Dan Keeling (their then A&R man at Parlophone) to Ken.

April 21, 2014 / submitted by Robert, United States of America
Q.  Ok, so I found out from a thread on Coldplaying about a video for Parachutes. Like the song. This seems quite peculiar, because 1, the songs is only like 45 seconds long, and 2, Parachutes isn't a single. Even better, on iTunes, it is one of the least purchased songs!
Could you explain why, or even if they made this video?

It would have been handy to see the link to the thread in case it refers to something I can explain.
All I can tell you is there is no official Parachutes video.

March 25, 2014 / submitted by Victor, Sweden
Q.  Dear Oracle, I once saw a documentary about Coldplay, not sure if it was official but anyway, in it they said that Coldplay choose from hundreds of songs when choosing songs for Parachutes. Did they really have that many songs to choose from that early in their career?

Kind regards

The simple answer is, no. There weren't hundreds but there were a lot. Some titles you'll have heard of: Vitamins, So Sad, If All Else, Ode To Deodorant...
They wrote a lot of new material prior to and during the recording sessions of Parachutes.

March 17, 2014 / submitted by RevolutionDude, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

If you could give a title to each of the two trilogies of Coldplay albums, what would you call them?

(Trilogy 1: Parachutes, AROBTTH, X&Y
Trilogy 2: VLV, MX, Ghost Stories)

It seems like the second trilogy has a lot to do with art, but I'm not sure about the first.

After X&Y was completed, Chris did tell me he felt the first three albums were a trilogy but as far as I am aware, there has been no mention of Viva, MX, Ghost Stories being another three-part body of work.
I have never considered giving one title to the first three albums. I personally felt their themes were less related than their journey. They do seem to tell a story of perhaps growing up and finding one's place in the world but that's just off the top of my head.