16 oracle items tagged as viva
April 27, 2015 / submitted by Rafael, Brazil
Q.  Hi Oracale,

I went to listen to the Viva album on Spotify and was pretty mad when the first song started playing and it wasnt't Life In Technicolor but a radio edit of Life In Technicolor ii, why is that?

I think you may be confused, Rafael.
Life in Technicolor - that appears on the album - is the shorter version of the two.
Life in Technicolor ii is the longer and appears on Prospekt's March.
On my Spotify I only see the Prospekt's March Edition of Viva which has both Life in Technicolor & Life in Technicolor ii.

April 20, 2015 / submitted by Marcela, Brazil
Q.  Hi, dear Oracle !! I have this question that keeps me wondering all the time, it's about the clothes that the band wears. My question is: who decides the kind of clothes they will gonna wear on tour and how are they made.
Thank you very very much!

The band come up with the initial ideas - style / colour / theme - and then meet with stylists.
The clothes are not all made the same way. Some are custom made (Viva / Mylo) and some are off the rail and some are a combination of both.
The Viva outfits are a great example of what I mean, as you can see here.

March 11, 2015 / submitted by Ralph, United States of America
Q.  Happy Hump Day!

I remember you saying (at least I believe it was you) that some of Viva was recorded "under the influence" (of hypnotics). Was The Escapist one of those songs?

Thank you in advance,
Ralph C.

Although I have commented on this before, it wasn't me who said the band recorded "under the influence" of hypnotism. The press picked up on that particular story.

I just googled Hump Day and apparently that means Wednesday. Very confused because you sent me the question on Tuesday.

October 9, 2014 / submitted by Andreia, Brazil
Q.  Have Coldplay ever been hypnotized before recording a song? I've heard about that before but I'm not sure if it's true.

It's true but it wasn't before one particular song; it was during the Viva recording sessions.
Here's what Jonny & Chris said about it.

JB: "Brian Eno knew a hypnotist and we thought it might get some interesting results. We all went upstairs, sat down, and he walked around us. He got us into some strange kind of trance, and we came down and played some more."

CM: "Quite a long time, I think. It did work, actually. We came up with a lot of interesting noises, which we used. I think the whole process of getting our own place and working with Brian has been really liberating for us. Because it was starting to become a little difficult to be in Coldplay - there's so much opinion, expectation, and criticism. We wanted to be free from that for a bit, to try things and just be a little group, which Brian really spearheaded. So things like the hypnotism, all these little crazy experiments that he tried with us was just an effort to say, 'It's OK. Not everybody hates you because you're in Coldplay. Just play some music and don't worry about it.'"

Chinese Sleep Chant has been mentioned as a song written after the experience but I can't confirm that.

August 20, 2014 / submitted by Miguel, Mexico
Q.  I have a quick question that came to my mind a second ago :
Is the VIVA logo still painted at The Bakery's wall?

No, it was painted over. Since then, there has been Mylo influenced graffiti (also gone) and currently there are beautiful works of Mila Furstova.

August 13, 2014 / submitted by Millie, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle,
I realised that Coldplay seem to hire artists to create the artwork for their albums and I was wondering if they ever created art between themselves?
Thank you!

I prefer the word commission because sometimes the band are shown / see artwork they love and then approach the artist to work with them.
They have also created their own artwork. For example, the Parachutes album cover was their last minute creation and some of the Viva artwork - which you can find on the tour programme cover.

August 5, 2014 / submitted by Stuart, United Kingdom
Q.  Is it true that the band nearly finished a new LP and then scrapped it to start again?

Yes but it wasn't Ghost Stories. It was after Viva, the (non) album before Mylo Xyloto if you will. They'd recorded many songs - most of which were more acoustic sounding than anything. They changed direction and the concept of MX was born.

June 18, 2014 / submitted by Maedeh, Iran
Q.  Hi!
You know there is a toy town in Netherlands and I was wondering was the second version of Viva la Vida video filmed there? Because little buildings can be seen in the video!

Another question about a song that had two videos.
There was the original video and the alternative video & yes, the latter was filmed in The Hague.
p.s I currently have the Netherlands vs. Australia World Cup match on in the background.

March 17, 2014 / submitted by RevolutionDude, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

If you could give a title to each of the two trilogies of Coldplay albums, what would you call them?

(Trilogy 1: Parachutes, AROBTTH, X&Y
Trilogy 2: VLV, MX, Ghost Stories)

It seems like the second trilogy has a lot to do with art, but I'm not sure about the first.

After X&Y was completed, Chris did tell me he felt the first three albums were a trilogy but as far as I am aware, there has been no mention of Viva, MX, Ghost Stories being another three-part body of work.
I have never considered giving one title to the first three albums. I personally felt their themes were less related than their journey. They do seem to tell a story of perhaps growing up and finding one's place in the world but that's just off the top of my head.

February 12, 2014 / submitted by Grace, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle!! :D
How are you? I hope you're well!! My question is: Which album was the hardest to make. I understand that every album has its long hours where you probably feel sick of the sight of seeing instruments , but did the boys find one album harder? Perhaps Parachutes being their first, or MX because it was a completely new wave of material for the band.
Thanks Oracle!

The short answer is X&Y.

Parachutes got off to a tough start as they began working with a producer who just wasn't right for them so they had to start again. Once they "found" Ken Nelson, things went pretty smoothly for a debut record.
There was a fair amount of pressure recording the follow up, A Rush Of Blood to the Head. Not just because an artist's second album is often notoriously called the Difficult Second Album but the sessions produced a lot of new material - written and demoed. The band decided to push the release date back to get it right.
X&Y was the most difficult for a number of reasons mostly down to many changes. The major one being Phil was on hiatus and they really felt the huge gap he left behind. Without him, they drifted a little.
Phil's return and the set up of The Bakery & Beehive for Viva & MX has certainly made the process easier. Hurrah!