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January 28, 2014 / submitted by Ben, New Zealand
Q.  Hello!
My question is about this video (and others) of Sparks: Guy is sitting down. I've looked up a few videos of the song played live in that time era and Guy is always sitting cross-legged on staged. Is there a reason why? Although sitting down with a bass is slightly easier than standing up, I can't think of any reason why he would be sitting.
What's your opinion on this?
Big thank you!

Sparks is an acoustic song so I can't think of any reason why Guy would be standing either apart from it's "usual". I personally never saw Guy sit on the stage in those days.
I can only actually see two videos of Sparks from this time where Guy is sitting down. As both were in Australia, perhaps it was heat or jet lag?
The clip you sent was from Australian TV on a very small stage. The intimate setting lends itself to a cross-legged performance. The other one I found was the polar opposite. The Big Day Out was in front of a large crowd on a huge stage. It was a stifling hot day and they were under the sun.
Back then the focus was very much on the songs rather than the performance so curious as it may be, I'm afraid there's no story. Nice little video find though!



January 14, 2014 / submitted by Karen, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle, sorry for wading in on this one but I agree with Teresa about Guy playing keyboards on Speed of Sound. In the shot at 0.59 he is facing in a different direction to Chris and you can see his guitar.
While I hate to disagree with the mighty Oracle and will take any punishment if I'm wrong but please just take another look 'cos it is driving me mad as well now!!

This is the final part of a Guy Speed of Sound video trilogy.
When you see the video's stage set-up, there are two keyboards. The one on the left is the main keyboard that Chris plays, the one in front of Guy to the right is a synth. If you've seen the band live, this is usual.
Three people wrote in to question my reply but if you re-read the question Teresa sent, you will see I am correct. The keyword was open and indeed the video does open with Chris on keys

Case closed.



January 9, 2014 / submitted by Teresa, India
Q.  Happy New Year Oracle! :)

I have a question about Speed of Sound. Why does the video open with Guy on keys and not Chris? In most of the live versions I've seen, however, Chris begins the song on piano.

Is there a live version with Guy on keyboards, as it is in the video?

Thanks in advance! Love from India.

Eh? Which video are you watching, Teresa? You can join me for detention (see last but one question). It doesn't open with Guy; it's Chris on keys. Maybe the lighting and haircut threw you.
Videos aren't always factual by the way. There is an interesting fact about Guy and this video though. Mark Romanek who directed Speed of Sound got movement out of Guy that had never been witnessed before. That's totally true.



January 7, 2014 / submitted by Natalia, Brazil
Q.  Hello Oracle how are things doing? :)

So, I was searching for tweets with Guy Berryman and found this.

Is it related to Coldplay?

Much love =D

There are a few Coldplay related links.
Glenn Moule is the drummer with the band Howling Bells.

Howling Bells were fans of Coldplay. After hearing Coldplay's AROBTTH, they coveted Ken Nelson as a producer. Indeed, they ended up recording their debut album in Parr Street Studios with Ken producing. The band then went on to support Coldplay a few times and they became friends. Just before the North American tour, Anchorman interviewed Juanita Stein here.
It just so happens Juanita contributed vocals on Up With The Birds.
The tweet you ask about was posted back in May 2011.



September 25, 2013 / submitted by Nicklaus , United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Today I found myself watching the music video for Shiver and couldn't help but wonder... Is there any place I can buy Guy's Space Invaders t-shirt? I love it.

I've no idea where you can get an exact t-shirt from almost 15 years ago but Space Invaders tees are very easy to find. Whether online, specialist vintage shops or any stockists of retro clothing. You may even get lucky at a thrift shop.
FYI: Will is also wearing a Space Invaders t-shirt in the Shiver video.



August 13, 2013 / submitted by Julia, Sweden
Q.  Hello there!
I've heard that your handsome bassplayer does some photography. My question is if he has a page where he uploads the photos? Or could it be seen somewhere else?

Yes, Guy likes photography but no he doesn't have a public page where he uploads them. Some of his photos appear in Matt McGinn's Roadie book but there were no individual credits so it's not possible to tell you which are Guy's.


July 30, 2013 / submitted by Karen GW, Mexico
Q.  Hi Oracle! Do you know what is Guy's favorite song to play? why?

On the last tour one of Guy's favourite songs to play was Charlie Brown. It was the anticipation of the wristbands - knowing they were about to start flashing.


May 30, 2013 / submitted by Anna , United Kingdom
Q.  I recently saw on twitter that one of their fans tweeted that Guy was on Pointless Celebrities, is that true?

No. For those who don't know, Pointless is a quiz show where you're trying to find answers that the public are least likely to have replied when polled.
This week one of the categories was Famous Bass Guitarists. There followed a list of bass players and the contestants had to say which bassist played with which band. They were trying to get a pointless answer - one which returned 0 correct replies.
Guy Berryman's name was one of the answers but none of the contestants chose his to guess. After the round had finished, Alexander Armstrong - the host - wrongly guessed he was in Keane.
The interesting part of this is Richard Osman, who is a side-kick to Alexander, is the brother of a famous bass guitarist himself - Mat Osman from Suede.



March 12, 2013 / submitted by Alice, Brazil
Q.  Hey Oracle!
I've always wondered, how does Guy divide his time between Apparatjik and Coldplay? He works more on Coldplay, doesn't he? And do Jonny, Will and Chris feel bad about him being also in another band? Thanks for answering

The thing with Apparatjik is that all the members have also been busy with primary jobs; Mags was still in A-ha until quite recently, Jonas from Mew has band commitments and Martin continues with his "day job".
They make it work around their priorities. Guy's priority is Coldplay but when the band aren't in the studio or touring, he's free to work elsewhere as he has done - not just with Apparatjik.
It's not just Guy though. Chris, Jonny & Will have all collaborated, performed, guested (or whatever) with other artists.



January 16, 2013 / submitted by Ida, Denmark
Q.  Hey Oracle!
I read in a Danish music magazine that Chris has tried to sell one night with Guy for one million dollars for charity. Is this true or is it just another one of Chris' hilarious jokes?
Love from Denmark!

It's absolutely a joke. I've had a couple of people asking for more details on that auction but of course it's not happening. Chris was making a reference to Guy's good looks. They're all good looking - obviously.


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