8 oracle items tagged as politik
November 22, 2012 / submitted by Francisco, Brazil
Q.  I was wondering why the song Politik was named in German? Is there a special reason? Why it's not Politic?

Cheers, Francisco

A while back, Chris gave an interview about it: "Phil said to me ‘Oh, you should have a song called Politic.' And I said ‘Oh, all right'. It's as simple as that. Because if he says something you do it, unless it's something naff, but we liked it because it sounds Eastern... Russian. But it is meant to be with a K. We like it as a song title."

May 29, 2012 / submitted by Nathan, United Kingdom
Q.  What's the chances of Politik being added to the playlist for tonight. Bring it on Coventry!!!!!

Not a chance at all Nate - if I may call you that.
Will replied to the question in the recent twitter chat of why it's been dropped from the set and his response was, "To use a football analogy, it's played 10 seasons in a row and it needs a rest".

May 15, 2012 / submitted by Antonella, Argentina
Q.  Hi Oracle! I was wondering, what song do you enjoy more when Coldplay plays it on stage? I think Politik is the most emotional and passionate. So, what do you think?
Thanks for your time. We're waiting for you in Argentina!

I totally agree. Ever since its first appearance it has remained my absolute favourite song in the set.
I'm so sad to see it go and know that decision will not have been easy as it's one of Chris' favourites too.

July 5, 2011 / submitted by Simon, Germany
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Can you tell me why Politik was never released as a single? Chris often says he thinks it's one of their best songs - and it certainly is better than the single In My Place (which, of course, especially live, also is enjoyable).
Best regards

That is quite an interesting point you make and will be difficult to explain but I shall do my best. I think it's almost always obvious which songs (by any artist) are singles, which are album tracks and which are b sides - though in the case of Prince, Oasis and Coldplay for instance, their b sides are often as good if not better than singles, such is the high standard.
It's not like songs are written with anything but the finished album in mind at the start, but once it takes shape, you can tell which are openers and closers even if selecting the running order proves tricky.
I guess singles have a feel about them too; a commercial radio friendly appeal. Politik (genius as it is), wasn't a quintessential airplay song.

August 27, 2010 / submitted by Maria, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle this is true or false Politik was written days after the attacks of 11 September 2001?

Thanks Lovely Oracle

Actually yes, Politik was written in the wake of that tragedy and very much inspired by those events.

January 6, 2010 / submitted by Charlotte, United Kingdom
Q.  Please help me - this question has kept me awake for over a week now! During the Hampden Park gig last year, Chris played a beautiful piano piece that I've heard as film soundtracks several times but I've never managed to find out what's it's called. It was on the end of Politik, around 50 minutes in. Please can you tell me what it is?

I just checked the tag cloud as I was sure that the answer would be in there and not only is it but it was answered exactly one year ago tomorrow! As it was spookily a 365 day cycle I decided to answer it again. Apart from anything the song you question is SO beautiful that it's a good chance for those who missed it to look it up too. Anyway, if you click on Politik you will find its name.

November 18, 2009 / submitted by Marta, Italy

Are you shouting at me Marta or just trying to get my attention?
Chris often changes lyrics of certain songs at shows to make the crowd feel more involved and so it's always relevant to where they are and what is going on. At Glastonbury 2005 during Politik he changes the lyrics to:
"Give me weather that does no harm
Michael Eavis and Worthy Farm
Give me mud up to my knee
The best festival in history".

Just to explain what those lyrics refer to... Glastonbury Festival has in recent years gained a reputation for its rain that ends with the site (Worthy Farm) becoming a mud bath and Michael Eavis is the founder of the festival which began in 1970.

January 7, 2009 / submitted by Jason, United Kingdom
Q.  I saw Coldplay in Birmingham on December 6th and during the concert Chris played a beautiful piece of classical music. It was piece I recognised but do not know the name of.......what was it? I would love to know cheers. Jason

There were actually two classical/instrumental piano pieces played. One was after the stage b set and was an original composition Postcards From Far Away that is on Prospekt's March. As you say you recognised it, chances are that it was the equally beautiful yet haunting piece Chris plays at the end of Politik. It's the sublime Gnossienne No. 1 by Erik Satie.