29 oracle items tagged as paradise
November 14, 2011 / submitted by Talia, Canada
Q.  Oh great Oracle, can Chris really ride a unicycle in an elephant suit?

You saw it with your own eyes so why don't you believe it to be true? Ok, well if you need proof, read the interview with Mat Whitecross who tells Anchorman all about the video.

October 20, 2011 / submitted by France, Canada
Q.  Hi Oracle,

I saw the Paradise video and it made my day. And what a day it was...
Can you share a funny story about the shoot? I am sure that there is one... an elephant does not blend well in our busy cities.

As it was filmed in different locations it was pieced together over quite a time.
The South African outdoor shots were filmed on 7th October and the live performance was the following night at the Johannesburg gig.
The week after when they got back to London, Chris shot the underground scenes. I do have a funny story (well, I think it's funny) from that day.
On 11th October, Shaun Weston (from Bristol) wrote on twitter, "I rode a Charing Cross escalator with Chris Martin today. He was dressed as an elephant. Anyone else see him, or was I dreaming?"

I know a few people saw Chris that day and it did surprise a few fans.

October 20, 2011 / submitted by Jessica, United States of America
Q.  Dearest Oracle,
I am in love with the song Paradise and rightly so I am also in love with the music video for it. I have a question though. Why does Guy have a different elephant suit than everyone else? I noticed that his suit is darker than the rest and doesn't have elephant feet/shoes. Also why doesn't Guy's elephant have any identifying features like Johnny's has his trademark hat and Will's has a pair of glasses? Also why does Will's elephant have glasses? I don't recall ever seeing him wear glasses during performances.

Thank you Oracle!
p.s. I want to tell the band that I loved that they used elephants over any other animals, they're the best, both the band and elephants.


See, the fact that Guy's elephant doesn't have elephant feet makes him different and so maybe that's his defining difference?
I actually wonder if there's more to a passing nod to The Banana Splits, a late 60's children's entertainment combo. They had an elephant who wore glasses - although Snorky (the bespectacled one) wasn't the drummer; he was the keyboard player.
I have seen Will wear glasses - granted not during a performance but that wouldn't be practical anyway given the power machine that he is. Can you imagine attempting Politik and avoiding glasses steaming up or flying off? No, I didn't think so...
One of The Banana Splits doesn't have his animal's feet, so maybe as with Guy, the normal feet is another nod?

October 20, 2011 / submitted by Darren, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle, hope you are well did Chris really get on the tube at Belsize Park and Sit on the tube with norms (normal peoples) and no one knew it was him? Or was it a stunt a phant?

He really did get on the tube. There's been a lot of questions about the video so read the next couple also...

October 19, 2011 / submitted by Brian K, United States of America
Q.  Just watched the Paradise video and was wondering, can Chris really ride a unicycle?

You saw it with your own eyes; it wasn't a trick. Chris takes things seriously so I doubt him not unicycling was ever in question. I think that man could quite possibly do anything he sets his mind to!

October 17, 2011 / submitted by Ian, United Kingdom
Q.  With such serious subject matter, how would Chris riding on a unicycle fit in with Paradise? Not that I don't think it is a wonderful idea haha.

What, no mention of wearing an elephant costume whilst riding a unicycle? I would have thought that was stranger! You'll have to wait and see but as Phil said earlier today, he's at the video edit with Mat Whitecross so not much longer until you find out.

October 16, 2011 / submitted by Melina, Mexico
Q.  Is going to be a music video of Paradise?
and if the answer is "yes", Are we going to see it before October 24th?

Yes there is. I haven't got a date for you as yet so not sure if we'll
get to see it before the album's release. I'm sure our trusty
Anchorman will make an announcement.

September 5, 2011 / submitted by Sebastien, Switzerland
Q.  Dear Oracle,

Do you know if the new single Paradise will be aired on a radio before its release date?

Thank you a lot! Greetings from Switzerland!


Given the single is out next week it's not looking likely that it'll be played before.

August 25, 2011 / submitted by Jory, United States of America
Q.  Great Oracle! Here is my question, have you got the chance to hear Coldplay's unreleased single Paradise? What is your opinion about the song.

I LOVE it. Eduardo from Mexico was a little concerned that Charlie Brown was being ditched in favour of Paradise but he needn't be. The Billboard interview mentions that Charlie Brown was always planned to follow ETIAW as a single but perhaps too obvious a choice. It goes on to say that Paradise is more representative of what's to come on the album as a whole.