7 oracle items tagged as spies
May 13, 2013 / submitted by Trinity, United Kingdom
Q.  So I went to see Athlete on Friday for their 10 year anniversary of Vehicles and Animals, and it was great. And although they may not be as successful as Coldplay, would the band ever consider say a 15 year anniversary of Parachutes, not necessarily a tour but a few one of small gigs. It would be hugely appreciated I'm sure, plus you can't deny that this is not only the greatest song in the world, but must be the best song played live!?

Thank you for the reminder of this wonderful version of Spies. It was a firm favourite of mine since I very first heard it.
Anchorman went to see the Athlete anniversary show too and loved it.
I'm not sure there would be anything like a 15th year anniversary of Parachutes but it would be nice to celebrate in some way. Maybe we could have a party of our own?

December 12, 2012 / submitted by Tiffany, United States of America
Q.  HI Oracle :D
Is there any special meaning behind Spies? I love that song and I was just curious.

There isn't a special meaning per se but there was a reason and inspiration behind its conception.
The band very much had John Barry (composer of the best theme songs in film & tv ever!) in mind and there was a Bond film in the pipeline.
They wrote the song in 1999 and for a while considered self- releasing it as a white label promo.

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April 13, 2011 / submitted by Ana, United States of America
Q.  Hello wise Oracle. I only have one question for you, why is the song in the music video for Spies different than the one featured in Parachutes? I know that they had made the video originally for Spies, but the video's version started faster and had a faster beat. I was wondering if this might have been because they had originally made this video for Spies, but then changed it to Bigger Stronger. I hope to hear from you,

You must be referring to such videos as this where someone has taken the video from our timeline and dubbed Spies over the top.

For those that don't know, if you click on the TV icon between August & September 1999 you will see a video for Bigger Stronger. That video was actually made for Spies but the band changed their minds and chose to release Bigger Stronger. It was too late to shoot a new one so the original video remained.

The version of Spies dubbed over the video is an early version of the song and that's why it's different.

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed we've added some new stuff to the timeline too...

September 13, 2010 / submitted by Trevor, United States of America
Q.  Do you know if this is real?

Yes it is. This is the first version of Spies from the abandoned Chris Allison recording sessions. FYI: Only one track from that session made it onto Parachutes - that was High Speed.

May 1, 2009 / submitted by Bon, Mexico
Q.  Hi Oracle! I would want to know which Coldplay song is the most controversial? And why?

I guess I'd have to say Spies purely for the reason that the song was banned in China due to political sensitivity! That is totally true.

August 18, 2008 / submitted by Paula, Colombia
Q.  The song Spies refers to paparazzi?

At the time of writing the song, they band had no first hand experience of being papped so no, it wasn't. It was actually more of an attempt at a Bond song. In 1999 Bond film The World Is Not Enough was in production and the band wrote Spies inspired by their love of John Barry, renowned writer of Bond themes/songs.