8 oracle items tagged as starfish
September 25, 2014 / submitted by Ihab, Jordan
Q.  Is it possible to get the EPs of Coldplay before they were named Coldplay?
Thank you

No, there aren't any. The band didn't record or distribute Starfish demos.

June 16, 2014 / submitted by Claudio, Italy
Q.  Hello mighty Oracle! I've read once that Coldplay uploaded (in 2008) a video from one of their first concerts as Starfish: is it possible to see this video somewhere? Thanks!

That's not actually accurate - it was audio. As far as I am aware, there is no video footage of that Laurel Tree gig.

April 9, 2014 / submitted by Sam, United States of America
Q.  Hello, Oracle!
A while back I saw something (that I believe Jonny wrote) that said at "Coldplay"'s first gig, they played one song twice because they only had a few songs. Do you happen to know which it was? Thanks!

On the 16th January, 1998, "Coldplay" played - under their previous name of Starfish - at The Laurel Tree, Camden.
The setlist was:
If All Else
So Sad
High Speed
An Ode to Deodorant

I'm afraid I don't know which song was played twice. If I find out, I'll update this post.

September 5, 2013 / submitted by Helen, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Do you think Coldplay would still be where they are now (in terms of success and "making it" as a band) if they kept the name Starfish?

I'd certainly hope so! It really shouldn't matter what a band is called and plenty bands with terrible names have been successful. People do see past a name especially when the band are backing it up with amazing songs. Plenty of folk think Oasis a bad band name but who cares?
Of course I feel a hypocrite because I hate(d) the name Starfish but I have no doubt that upon hearing Bigger Stronger any feelings of negativity over it would have evaporated.

July 8, 2013 / submitted by Nikhil, India
Q.  Hey Oracle,

I know that Coldplay's first name was Pectoralz. I would like to know the meaning of that word and how many instruments does Will Champion know to play? And I'm 14.
Nikhil, India.

Coldplay's first name was not Pectoralz, it was Starfish. Pectoralz was the name of a spoof band that they had as a joke. Basically they took the word pectorals (as in pectoral muscles) and changed the 's' to a 'z'. It was all done in fun and they chose that name because Pectoralz was a boy band and most boy bands at that time were all about abs and pecs.

Will plays many instruments but the exact number isn't known. He started playing piano & violin at 8, guitar at 12 and drums at 21 - yes, really!
As a multi-instrumentalist he also plays banjo, mandolin, tin whistle etc.

January 17, 2013 / submitted by Rhys, Canada
Q.  I know Coldplay used to be called Starfish, but did they have any other names before that?

They had plenty of names but none that they gigged or recorded under. Starfish was the one they settled on from a selection of equally terrible suggestions - sorry guys!
The only other name that they ever used live was Pectorlaz but that wasn't serious - it was a jokey side project that didn't last, though one of their songs (Call Me) was recorded by an EMI artist some years later after they themselves were signed as Coldplay (obviously).

March 30, 2009 / submitted by m pablo, Mexico
Q.  Dear Oracle, the first to names of the band were Pectoralz and Starfish right?
I don't want to ofend Chris or the other members but those are funny and bad names. I wondered why did Chris, or Jon chose those really bad names. I'm glad Tim Crompton adviced them the name of Coldplay.

Pectoralz wasn't strictly ever the band's name, it was a side project that they had some fun with but nothing serious and they didn't write or play the same songs as Starfish. As dreadful a name as it is, it isn't easy picking a name for your group. Tim didn't advise them to use it; he'd discarded the name of his own band so they took it for themselves - with permission of course!

December 16, 2008 / submitted by Julia, United Kingdom
Q.   Hey, Oracle.
I've heard Coldplay's previous name was Starfish.
Why'd they change it?

Er because it was c**p! C'mon it's not the greatest name is it?