5 February 2013 / submitted by Billy, United States of America
Q.  Greetings Oracle,
Has Coldplay ever played any of their songs that they recorded as demos? If not will they? I would love to hear some songs from the Viva la Vida demos live!

Yes, they have. This is in no way meant to be a definitive guide but off the top of my head here are a few including their varying stages of demo life...
They played Vitamins and So Sad in the very early days - these songs were committed to tape only.
Ode to Deodorant was also performed yet remained as a demo.
In My Place was conceived & performed long before recording for AROBTTH actually started. It was of course eventually released officially but was a problematic song to get right due to how long it had been floating around in their live repertoire.
Murder and Animals were played live and although at first intended for AROBTTH, eventually became b-sides (there are a few examples of this, such as No More Keeping My Feet On The Ground).
Ladder to the Sun and Idiot didn't make the album or b-sides but were performed.
Sweet Marianne and Don Quixote/Spanish Rain also spring to mind as tracks played live but never recorded.
Chris has performed Bucket For A Crown & Wedding Bells too and neither of those have appeared anywhere officially.

5 February 2013 / submitted by Amy, United Kingdom
Q.  If you said there were 5th, 6th and 7th members of Coldplay as well then which 3 people would you say would be 5th, 6th and 7th?? Would it be someone already part of the crew or a well known friend?!
Just wondering as I would find it difficult to choose :)
Thank you!
Amy x
The first person for position #6 would possibly be Simon Pegg simply for the reason that before Phil was referred to as the band's 5th member, Simon was often called that due to him performing with them a couple of times.
No, seriously I would find it difficult to choose. I think the band would as well to be honest.
There are so many people who have had / still have a valuable role with Coldplay. Some have been around for such a long time too. It's a really tricky hypothetical to get my head around.
If I was forced to pick (& this is my own view of course), I'm choosing Tim Crompton, Dan Green and Roadie #42 for having been there from the start and outstanding contribution - or something like that!

4 February 2013 / submitted by David, Canada
Q.  Now that Clocks is number one on 6 Music's Greatest Hit, what does Will think about it since at first he thought it was rubbish, like he said in the Q&A part many years back on the Nissan Live sets by Yahoo.
Luckily for you, Will popped in to chat about that with Steve Lamacq when they announced the winner of the vote.

4 February 2013 / submitted by Grace, Australia
Q.  Hi beautiful Oracle,
I was wondering is this the original version of The Scientist, that Chris took a month of to practice backwards?
Thank-you almighty Oracle Xx
No, Grace. The person that posted that is being sarcastic (a sense of humour regular readers of The Oracle will recognize).
What you hear is simply The Scientist reversed. The video was shot forwards but then reversed.
This is a version of the original video matched with the song in reverse thus showing that Chris did indeed sing it backwards in the original filming.
It did take him about a month to learn but there were a few (backwards) lyrics written on boards in case he needed them for reference.

1 February 2013 / submitted by Bri, United States of America
My boyfriend just recently told me that him and some of his guy friends spent the weekend drinking and smoking. I was so disappointed in him - he's underage and I thought he was above those sort of things. And when I got mad, he had to remind me that "most of the other guys aren't even gonna tell their girlfriends" as if him telling me the truth makes it better. He also told me that he's been stressed and it was the one thing that took it away. I'm so upset, angry, and worried. What do I do?
Obviously my main concern here would be the underage issue but that would make me a hypocrite because I did it. That doesn't make it right (despite being a part of growing up that many people experience) but it happens so I'm going to try and be realistic.
I have to say therefore that I think your boyfriend telling you the truth DOES make it better. He may not be behaving in a way you approve of but at least he isn't keeping secrets from you. At least this way YOU can decide if you want to be with him having all the facts - the same can't be said of his friends' girlfriends.
Speaking of you are his girlfriend; not his mother, so by all means talk to him about your feelings (& his) but don't tell him what he can and can't / should or shouldn't do.
It will be a lot more helpful to discuss what's causing him stress and to try and work together to find other ways to deal with those stresses.
As the situation stands, you're both full of negative feelings that will probably be adding to his. I suggest you deal with this in a mature manner and try to understand and support him. I'm assuming he doesn't wish to repeat the behaviour of the weekend on a regular basis but if he does, you can tell him it's not something you feel comfortable being around and remove yourself from his life. Your choice.
Please try to avoid judging or preaching at him. He's put some trust in you, perhaps it will be more productive to do the same for him and help him work through his issues - IF you want to of course.
Over to you.

The most important things in a relationship are love and trust. It all goes around both. But nobody wants to see the person they care about the most, hurting itself. Maybe you just didn't know him well enough, or perhaps he changed. I don't know. I think if this is the first time he did that, you can make it the last. If he loves you, he will let you help him. But if he usually does this kind of things, then think what's the best for you. You probably don't want to feel disappointed all the time. Love is strong, fight for it if you think what you both have it's worth it, if it can be fixed. But if you don't... maybe it is time to live and let go. Have a happy life, Lyssete.

What strikes me is that if he never did drugs before, well based on your assumption, then why should he be doing drugs now? I mean, everyone is stressed, or gets stressed so I'm not buying the whole "drugs will help me loose stress." Either way, I would tell him to stop before he tries to get you to smoke. Regardless of the "beneficial" effects of smoking, don't do it. He should know better as you say and he's being daft about it, then I would leave him. If he loves you enough he would stop. As I've learned, women are very persuasive. Best of luck. Billy N.

You have every right to feel upset, angry & worried. It is very wrong for him to of gone out and done that. Yes he did tell you the truth but for him to say that and to say he was stressed, is just making up exscuses. I am a guy and I know that he knows he has done something to hurt you so know he is going to do whatever he can to keep you as his girlfriend. I personally think you should reconsider seeing him but in the end it is all up to you. All The Best! Harrison.

I understand your disappointment and your worries, but slow down please: telling the truth indeed doesn’t change the fact, nevertheless it does make it better - concerning your relationship.
Telling you that he did something wrong shows his trust in you, exceeding angry reactions could delete this trust.
Much more he should consider how to handle with those stressed situations.
Try to make him see that drugs, no matter what kind of, won’t take away the source of his stress. Of course he could spend a weekend with his friends, but if he argues it is not possible to be with his friends without drinking and smoking, that they would not accept him without – that would be a good reason to be doubtful about those friendships. Best wishes. L. Q.

First of all, if what your boyfriend has done really upsets you, than you should not allow it. If you just let it pass, your boyfriend will think you're weak and will always be okay with him doing whatever. So let him know you won't want to be with him if he does things like this. And his excuse, that he is stressed, is understandable, but if he is really stressed there are lots of other ways to take it out that are legal, like something he loves to do. Respectfully, Claire, USA.

I believe that it is part of human nature to rebel against the rules and explore new areas. What I mean by saying this is, teenagers at some point try alcohol or tobacco to feel the power of doing something perhaps "prohibited" or punished by their parents, in order to feel "freedom"... I am not implying that it is good, I am just saying what I saw happening to my own group of friends, and what I see happening to people underage all the time. It seems that young people want to feel power usually not granted to them, by doing things that only adults are supposed or allowed to do. After all, these things you mentioned they tried are not prohibited by law... So that's it, a young group of guys trying to defy the adults. It is something psychologically deep, so if you are also a really young girl, perhaps you won't get my point... However, I think you should warn him against doing that kind of thing to "relieve stress" and feel better, because it simply won't work and damages our health. Cigarette is highly addictive, and most adults who smoke nowadays started doing so when they were in their teens. One good idea could be to print out a list of the cons of smoking and the effects it has on your body so he truly knows what he's doing. Good luck and try not to feel distressed! Carolina.

Focus on the underlying issues. Find out what's bothering him and what he's trying to escape from. Just be there for him if you want to help. Try to be understanding. People self medicate because they're in pain or stress. Show him other ways of dealing with his problems that wont be as unhealthy. Even exercising helps. That being said, I don't think you have to put up with it if it bothers you that much. What is okay to some, isn't to others. It's completely okay for you to change your mind about him if he changes his behavior. Wish you the best. Love, Darem.

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1 February 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
When I answer questions of a personal nature, readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.
ANYONE can join in so, if you'd like to, please email your response to the following question, in no more than 250 words, to before midnight Thursday 7th February.

Friends, to a relationship, back to friends, can it work?
Kate, U.K.

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31 January 2013 / submitted by Fabian, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey, I was at a wedding at Bush Hall in Shepherds Bush in London, and on the list of events held/filmed at Bush Hall, it said Coldplay, could you please tell me what Coldplay used the venue for?
I have to say I am struggling to recall any time that the band have ever played Bush Hall because as far as I am aware they haven't!
Unless there was a private function, event, ceremony, video etc. I am unaware of.
They have definitely played at Shepherd's Bush Empire around the corner more than once.

31 January 2013 / submitted by Rick W, United States of America
Q.  In the alternate video for Viva La Vida made by Anton Corbijn, it looks like the beach Chris walks onto around 2:36 is the same one he walked on in the music video for Yellow. Is this really the case?
Nope, there was only ever the one video visit to Dorset's Studland Bay.

31 January 2013 / submitted by Carolyn B, United States of America
Q.  Oh wise Oracle, I have a question of etiquette to pose to you. My boyfriend and I are both HUGE Coldplay fans (saw the MX tour from the floor and will never ever forget it), so we would have the utmost confidence in whatever guidance you can provide. We are in the unusual situation of sharing the same birthday - February 2 - and while we both find this fact extremely amusing, as the first shared Birthday of our relationship nears, we are faced with a problem: who buys the birthday dinner? Should we just flip a coin, or do you have a more creative solution to offer?
Following on from yesterday's coin flipping theme... heads or tails?
Why don't you just go Dutch?
If you split the bill equally it may feel rather unromantic so if you don't fancy that, how about you pay for his share and he pays for yours?

30 January 2013 / submitted by Paul,
Q.  Hi Oracle,

The Scientist is my favorite song and has been for years and years and years.
I always wondered what the lyrics "Coming up tales" meant, and I had a thought today: is he referring to "coming of age tales" or something of that sort? Is he saying that he is growing up or something?

It's the other tails; not tales. It's not the rear end of an animal's body either.
"Coming up tails" refers to heads or tails. It's the flip of a coin which also explains the next line of the song - "heads on a science apart".