29 oracle items tagged as parachutes
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.

May 8, 2009 / submitted by Steve, United States of America
Q.  Only a true Oracle can answer this question:

When Parachutes was originally released, track 7 (titled Parachutes) was an epic song (at least 5 minutes) and my favorite on the album. The other day I was listening to my friends version of the CD, and his track 7 (also titled Parachutes) which surprisingly was a completely different song- it was a 46 second long and very slow. Where has my favorite Coldplay song gone?

I think you're dreaming Steve. Parachutes has always been a very short song in fact, not only is there not a longer version recorded, there isn't a longer version in existence.

April 28, 2009 / submitted by elias, Mexico
Q.  Hello mighty Oracle!!!! I have a question... in the album of Parachutes whats the yellow ball?? And what does that mean??
Also do you know when is going to be a concert in Mexico?? Thanks.

The cover of Parachutes is a spinning globe light. I'm not sure if you've ever seen one but it was quite small and used to sit on Chris' piano during gigs back in the day. It was a last minute suggestion to use it for the cover as they were struggling to come up with ideas.
Tour dates aren't given out in advance so it's just a case of checking back to see any new additions.

April 21, 2009 / submitted by Daan, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle.
Some of the early songs appear on two releases (singles, albums, EPs)
I was just wondering which of the following are actually new versions and which ones were just re-released:
Bigger Stronger (Safety EP/Blue Room EP);
Such a Rush (Safety EP/Blue Room EP);
No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground (Safety EP/Yellow single);
Don't Panic (Blue Room EP/Parachutes);
High Speed (Blue Room EP/Parachutes).
I think the Brothers & Sisters track from Brother's & Sisters is different from the Trouble single, judging by the intro.

I hope this isn't too much work for ya, but I'm sure I'm not the only Coldplay fan to wonder this.
Thanks a million.

The 3 tracks that were originally on the Safety E.P are exactly the same and weren't re-recorded for their subsequent releases. There were 2 recordings of Don't Panic and High Speed from sessions with the original producer Chris Allison before Ken Nelson took over; Don't Panic on The Blue Room E.P is said version.
Brothers & Sisters on the Trouble single is a different version. In fact, the band had already recorded that track before the Fierce Panda release of it.

January 16, 2009 / submitted by Alexia, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I was just listening to Yellow by Coldplay and was wondering where they got the idea for that awsome song? Thanx:)

It was actually inspired by a meteor shower that took place during the recording of the album Parachutes. They were at Rockfield Studios (Wales). Take a look at the guest book...