11 oracle items tagged as violet hill
May 6, 2015 / submitted by Peter, United Kingdom
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Where was this photo taken? I've seen many versions of it and am dying to know.

Hmm, that looks like it could be Catania Centrale Railway Station. It's definitely from the Violet Hill shoot. As that was filmed in and around Catania (Sicily), it seems highly likely the photo was also taken in that region.

February 2, 2015 / submitted by Isaiah, United States of America
Q.  Oracle,
I watched a video the other day of Violet Hill which was called Dancing Politicians, is this video official or not?

Yes it's official but it's the alternate video, not the main one which is why you don't see it that often. We had it on this website for a while when it was first made.

December 9, 2014 / submitted by Ariel, United States of America
Q.  I thought A Spell a Rebel Yell was released as a b-side.. But it's not on the "Recordings" section of the site. Neither is it available to purchase on iTunes. This is one of my favorites, I would like to know more about it! Thank you in advance.

This is because A Spell a Rebel Yell was only the b-side on the Violet Hill vinyl of the single that was given away with the NME magazine, 10 May 2008.

November 24, 2014 / submitted by Luc, Netherlands
Q.  O mighty Oracle,
Do you know the settings that Jonny uses during Violet Hill? I'm in a band and were thinking about covering it.
My idea...

Basically you need a Les Paul Deluxe - or somethingsimilar withhumbuckers - and a ton of overdrive. We used a vintage Rat pedal, then put in some delay on the choruses. The tuning isimportant too - thebottom string goes right down to a C# so you'll need a big fat one - about a .058 - or it'll just flap in the breeze. The rest of the guitar goesdown a semitone from concert pitch. We had the whole thing set up specially just for the one song but you might not need to go to thoselengths! A lot of the recorded version was done with a Roland GR500 Guitar Synth from about 1978 which was so temperamental itonly worked about twice; we both refused to take it on the road as a result, and at gigs we just turned the Rat up really loud and used an Electro Harmonix Micro Pog pedal for the solo.

November 12, 2014 / submitted by Adam, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey, I live near Mansfield in Nottinghamshire where there is an area called Violet Hill, were the boys aware this place existed? (Would've been great if they shot the video there).

I very much doubt they're aware of every place called Violet Hill - there are so many. They're more likely to have heard of the one in NW8 though as it's pretty close to Abbey Road (& its studios).

July 1, 2014 / submitted by Kristian, Sweden
Q.  Where is the official Violet Hill video on YouTube released by Parlophone?

You can see it on the Coldplay channel.
If you go to our Recordings section, you can find the videos for each single there too.

June 10, 2014 / submitted by Melissa, United States of America
Q.  Do you know where the Violet Hill video was filmed? It's absolutely lovely.

The location was Mount Etna & Catania, Sicily. I assume you're not referring to the alternative Dancing Politicians video...

February 15, 2011 / submitted by Frisby, United States of America
Q.  All I've got to say is lolwut...?

Please explain...xD

All I've got to say is what on earth does lolwut mean? Actually, don't answer that I really do not wish to know...

Anyway, what's there to explain? You must have missed this alternative video when the single was released. Two were made and this one was directed by Mat Whitecross - long time friend and collaborator.

May 27, 2009 / submitted by Mandy, Australia
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Was the Violet Hill single with A Spell a Rebel Yell available anywhere outside the UK? I'm desperate and resorting to ebay.

The combination of those two tracks on a physical format (7 inch vinyl) was only available as a free giveaway with the NME; unfortunately they cannot extend the offer outside of the U.K

April 27, 2009 / submitted by jake, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey, in one of your interviews on YouTube, the guy interviewing you said that Jonny's daughter came up with Violet Hill? is that true or was it a joke? 'Cause my sheet music said written by you four. Violet Hill rocks!
V i v a v i v a!

Given that she was a baby at the time it's impossible! Her name is Violet, though Violet Hill is a place. You sheet music is correct.