24 oracle items tagged as parachutes
September 6, 2012 / submitted by Sam, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle
I was wondering if the names of the songs in the Parachutes album, were chosen to sort of show someones thought while skydiving for example, or on a less literal scale, doing something that they're nervous about. Please let me know I'm quite curious.

There wasn't a deliberate pre-planned theme to the Parachutes album even if the songs' contents seem linked. The time scale between the writing of the first to last song is so vast that it's merely coincidence that they appear to allude to similar subjects - though not unusual if we look at Chris' writing historically.

The title definitely represents the feeling they had prior to releasing their debut album. When they were deciding upon a name, they decided it summed it up perfectly.

February 22, 2011 / submitted by Lilac, United Arab Emirates
Q.  Hello Oracle!
Did you ever wonder if the globe on the Parachutes album cover is glowing? Is it actually glowing?

I didn't wonder myself Lilac because I know that yes, the globe is glowing as it is in fact a lamp.

January 5, 2011 / submitted by Madeline, United States of America
Q.  Dear All-Mighty Oracle,
On the back of the Parachutes album, there are four people. Which one is which band member?
Mad :)

I'm sure there are people who have a different back cover to the album, but the photo on the back of Parachutes shows the band from left to right: Guy, Will, Chris & Jonny.

There were photos in the NME on July 8th 2000 with photos from the same shoot.
There's also one of the back of their heads; that's trickier to see who's who but not impossible as I have already answered that.

October 8, 2010 / submitted by Susie, United Kingdom
Q.  I heard that Shiver was recorded in one take, was it?

Shiver was recorded more than once during the album's studio process, however the version on the album is, in fact, the first take. Ken Nelson who worked with Coldplay on Parachutes gives some great insight.

September 7, 2010 / submitted by Jack, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi!! I have been wondering for a while...where were the pictures of the band taken on the back of Parachutes? It looks like a spot in Hull. I really want to go there! Thanks

It's not Hull; it's Blackpool.

August 6, 2010 / submitted by Jason, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I would like to know what's the difference between this Parachutes and this one.
Why are there two of them?

The difference is immense; they're not the same song. The former is Coldplay's Parachutes (plural) and the latter is Guster's Parachute (singular).
So there are not two versions of Parachutes, just the one.

August 5, 2010 / submitted by Yelva, United States of America
Q.  I just heard the bit of Chris singing Parachutes during the Guadalajara show. Was he getting a little choked up by emotion? Thanks!

No but I think most of the audience were! That was something that took everyone by surprise as none of us had heard that song live for quite some time.

July 12, 2010 / submitted by Anthony, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
Can you please tell me where I can find a video of Coldplay playing High Speed at the HMV at London's Oxford Street (otherwise known as their one hundredth show)? I know you have posted a recording on your website, but I have checked YouTube and cannot find a video of it. I would absolutely love to see them playing that song live! Thanks for all of your help!

It seems there is a void where a video could be. We ourselves struggled to find footage of that gig and it has proven to be elusive. Xfm Radio recorded and broadcast the show but obviously that was only audio - as you heard.
Then... along came Craig from here in the UK with this link proving that footage does exist from that historical day.

January 20, 2010 / submitted by Virgil, Australia
Q.  Hello, would you please tell me about the cover art of the first album. The spinning globe... why it was chosen by the band. Thank you.

The pressure to come up with an idea for the Parachutes cover was mounting. At that time the globe was being used at live shows sitting atop Chris's piano and had been a fixture during the recording process. It was almost a whimsical last minute decision in absence of any other idea. As it goes it was the perfect image to fit with the songs contained within.

May 11, 2009 / submitted by Eva, Netherlands
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I've seen exactly the same as Steve, song nr. 7 was first longer and also a really good song! My question is was it not Ode To Deodorant?
Yours truly,
Eva from the Netherlands

No. Thanks to Maria from Denmark (and a couple of other people), it seems that it's not a Coldplay song at all.
"Steve is talking about a song by Guster called Parachutes. Some of Coldplay's fans think this is a Coldplay song because it's also called Parachutes, and if you download it illegally, the song is there instead of "the real Parachutes". So Steve's favorite Coldplay song is actually not a Coldplay song. But it is a really good song".
I have subsequently found out, it's actually singular: Parachute.