4 oracle items tagged as songs
February 5, 2015 / submitted by Chris, Canada
Q.  I heard that when the band was recording X & Y they recorded many songs that they did not release. Do these songs exist and if so will they ever be released for us to hear?

It's true of every album. Some made it as b sides, some didn't. I don't recall Parachutes having that many but Coldplay have never been a band who'll write just ten songs and record them for an album. There have been occasions where a song will come very late in the recording process and that may mean sacrificing a track to make room for it.
Unless - as with Prospekt's March - the band record an EP with some of the songs considered for an album's inclusion, I'm afraid you're never likely to hear them.

October 29, 2013 / submitted by Matt P, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Mighty Oracle,

I know it's been mentioned on here before that Coldplay only played a handful of shows before they were signed, but how many completed songs did they have at that point, and did any of them make it onto an album? Thank you so much!

The total number of songs depends on whether the band were counting discarded songs. Their set list was short and as you may know, they had so few songs to perform live at their first shows that they would sometimes play a song twice.
The Safety EP consisted of 3 songs and they followed that up with a tape of 2 (Ode to Deodorant and Brothers & Sisters) but there was another cassette before these demos existed that contained about 5 other tracks.
They didn't play all of these live but of those 10, only 2 made it on to an album; Don't Panic and High Speed were both on Parachutes.
There may have been more songs that were never recorded but to my knowledge, this is their repertoire circa 1998.

July 16, 2013 / submitted by Travis, United States of America
Q.  When Chris is writing songs in between albums/on tour, how does he resist the urge from sharing them with fans? I'm sure there are obvious reasons, but I think that having an amazing song that had to wait for an album would be like winning the lottery and not being able to tell anybody about it!


Yesterday I answered a question that mentions the new songs played at the tail end of the Parachutes tour.
Historically it's happened quite a few times since such as Wedding Bells, Spanish Rain / Don Quixote... They also previewed tracks from AROBTTH and MX at live shows before the albums were available.

October 27, 2009 / submitted by Allie, United States of America
Q.  Oracle! Your name backwards is Elcaro! That sounds like the name of a mesmerizingly handsome Spanish Prince- although I can't say I picture you being a mesmerizingly handsome Spanish Prince- not to say that you are not mesmerizingly handsome, Spanish, or a prince... anyway, I was wondering if a majority of Coldplay songs come from the boys having jam sessions, or if some songs are born with a specific idea to go with lyrics- I guess what I'm asking is, does the music come first, or the lyrics, or a mixture of the two? Thanks a bundle, and thanks to the boys for 7/27/09!!

It is a mixture of the two; the majority of songs start with Chris coming up with a song idea (whether lyrics or melody) and then the guys get creative together. If I had to say which was more prevalent it would be melody first. It's quite usual for Chris to feel like a melody just arrives with little effort. I know many musicians who experience the same.
I am liking Elcaro... maybe El Elcaro!