August 21, 2013 - submitted by Helen, Australia

Q. Dear Oracle,

I'm curious to know whether the band listens to their own music in their spare time? Do they actually have their albums on their iPods and play them when they are, for example, driving or relaxing at home? I imagine it would be a bit strange because they wrote, recorded and performed those songs countless times and they know them inside out.

The Oracle replies:

They listen back to songs during the writing and recording process but no, they don't listen to their own albums for pleasure. I doubt directors & actors watch their own films often or authors read their finished books.
I do know of one musical artist that played their own CD as guests walked in to their hotel suite for drinks and canapes after a show. It felt very weird.