29 oracle items tagged as parachutes
February 24, 2014 / submitted by Lucas, Brazil
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I was wondering what was the most exciting moment in the career of Coldplay or the time when they felt most grateful? It was at a concert or maybe some Grammy Award?
Thank you so much, and much love to all!!

There have been so many moments: their first NME / Melody Maker review (especially the former's new band to watch for 1999 piece), Parachutes debuting at #1, their first Brit Award, their first Glastonbury headline, their first Grammy... The list is endless and continues to grow.

February 12, 2014 / submitted by Grace, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle!! :D
How are you? I hope you're well!! My question is: Which album was the hardest to make. I understand that every album has its long hours where you probably feel sick of the sight of seeing instruments , but did the boys find one album harder? Perhaps Parachutes being their first, or MX because it was a completely new wave of material for the band.
Thanks Oracle!

The short answer is X&Y.

Parachutes got off to a tough start as they began working with a producer who just wasn't right for them so they had to start again. Once they "found" Ken Nelson, things went pretty smoothly for a debut record.
There was a fair amount of pressure recording the follow up, A Rush Of Blood to the Head. Not just because an artist's second album is often notoriously called the Difficult Second Album but the sessions produced a lot of new material - written and demoed. The band decided to push the release date back to get it right.
X&Y was the most difficult for a number of reasons mostly down to many changes. The major one being Phil was on hiatus and they really felt the huge gap he left behind. Without him, they drifted a little.
Phil's return and the set up of The Bakery & Beehive for Viva & MX has certainly made the process easier. Hurrah!

January 20, 2014 / submitted by Anonymous, Thailand
Q.  Hey.... Oracle!

I was wondering, what became of the Parachutes globe? Do the band still have it in their studio, or has it been sold on eBay? Has it met some other fateful end?


If you use the search option on the Oracle section and type in the word globe, the results returned will give you several answers.

The original globe* was sold as part of the End of Decade Sale with the proceeds going to Kids Company.

The final amount raised in U.S dollars for Lot 6: The original Parachutes globe was $12,968.51.

*In the End of Decade Sale video, it says globes plural, but only one was put up for auction.

October 10, 2013 / submitted by Erika, Italy
Q.  Dear Oracle, nice to talk to you..
I've just discovered that Coldplay, on 16th July 2000 were in Misterbianco (Catania) at Sonica Festival when they had knew about their last album's success in UK. Is that true? I grew up in a town near there, and I'd be very curious to know it (I was 2 and I wouldn't have been able to go there however).
Thank you, hope your reply :)

On 16 July 2000, myself, Phil and a few select few gathered to listen to the UK album chart countdown. We did know already that Parachutes was heading for the top spot, but tradition is to listen to the radio on official chart day. The band were playing at Sonica Festival, Misterbianco and that's where they were when they found out their debut album was number 1 in the UK. It was a special day indeed.

July 8, 2013 / submitted by Pauline, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle! I just few a simple question that I'm sure won't let me sleep at night until it's answered. I been very intrigued by Coldplay's older songs specifically from their album Parachutes and I was wondering if they still play the songs on that album or in upcoming concerts? Thanks! :)

They've never not played Yellow on tour but apart from that they haven't played (m)any from their debut album for a long while. They have been known to perform songs from it on occasion (such as Shiver) but nothing has featured on the permanent set list.

September 6, 2012 / submitted by Sam, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle
I was wondering if the names of the songs in the Parachutes album, were chosen to sort of show someones thought while skydiving for example, or on a less literal scale, doing something that they're nervous about. Please let me know I'm quite curious.

There wasn't a deliberate pre-planned theme to the Parachutes album even if the songs' contents seem linked. The time scale between the writing of the first to last song is so vast that it's merely coincidence that they appear to allude to similar subjects - though not unusual if we look at Chris' writing historically.

The title definitely represents the feeling they had prior to releasing their debut album. When they were deciding upon a name, they decided it summed it up perfectly.

February 22, 2011 / submitted by Lilac, United Arab Emirates
Q.  Hello Oracle!
Did you ever wonder if the globe on the Parachutes album cover is glowing? Is it actually glowing?

I didn't wonder myself Lilac because I know that yes, the globe is glowing as it is in fact a lamp.

January 5, 2011 / submitted by Madeline, United States of America
Q.  Dear All-Mighty Oracle,
On the back of the Parachutes album, there are four people. Which one is which band member?
Mad :)

I'm sure there are people who have a different back cover to the album, but the photo on the back of Parachutes shows the band from left to right: Guy, Will, Chris & Jonny.

There were photos in the NME on July 8th 2000 with photos from the same shoot.
There's also one of the back of their heads; that's trickier to see who's who but not impossible as I have already answered that.

October 8, 2010 / submitted by Susie, United Kingdom
Q.  I heard that Shiver was recorded in one take, was it?

Shiver was recorded more than once during the album's studio process, however the version on the album is, in fact, the first take. Ken Nelson who worked with Coldplay on Parachutes gives some great insight.

September 7, 2010 / submitted by Jack, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi!! I have been wondering for a while...where were the pictures of the band taken on the back of Parachutes? It looks like a spot in Hull. I really want to go there! Thanks

It's not Hull; it's Blackpool.