February 17, 2014 - submitted by Peter, United Kingdom

Q. Dearest Oracle,

Where does the name Coldplay originate from? Apparently it was the name of another band at UCL in the late 90s who donated their name to the guys, but do you know how the name was thought up?

Thank you very much.

The Oracle replies:

It wasn't donated so much as picked up with permission after being discarded. Here is more information that I've mentioned before.