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12 oracle items tagged as viva
August 20, 2014 / submitted by Miguel, Mexico
Q.  I have a quick question that came to my mind a second ago :
Is the VIVA logo still painted at The Bakery's wall?

No, it was painted over. Since then, there has been Mylo influenced graffiti (also gone) and currently there are beautiful works of Mila Furstova.


August 13, 2014 / submitted by Millie, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle,
I realised that Coldplay seem to hire artists to create the artwork for their albums and I was wondering if they ever created art between themselves?
Thank you!
Millie:)

I prefer the word commission because sometimes the band are shown / see artwork they love and then approach the artist to work with them.
They have also created their own artwork. For example, the Parachutes album cover was their last minute creation and some of the Viva artwork - which you can find on the tour programme cover.



August 5, 2014 / submitted by Stuart, United Kingdom
Q.  Is it true that the band nearly finished a new LP and then scrapped it to start again?

Yes but it wasn't Ghost Stories. It was after Viva, the (non) album before Mylo Xyloto if you will. They'd recorded many songs - most of which were more acoustic sounding than anything. They changed direction and the concept of MX was born.


June 18, 2014 / submitted by Maedeh, Iran
Q.  Hi!
You know there is a toy town in Netherlands and I was wondering was the second version of Viva la Vida video filmed there? Because little buildings can be seen in the video!
Thanks.

Another question about a song that had two videos.
There was the original video and the alternative video & yes, the latter was filmed in The Hague.
p.s I currently have the Netherlands vs. Australia World Cup match on in the background.



March 17, 2014 / submitted by RevolutionDude, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

If you could give a title to each of the two trilogies of Coldplay albums, what would you call them?

(Trilogy 1: Parachutes, AROBTTH, X&Y
Trilogy 2: VLV, MX, Ghost Stories)

It seems like the second trilogy has a lot to do with art, but I'm not sure about the first.

After X&Y was completed, Chris did tell me he felt the first three albums were a trilogy but as far as I am aware, there has been no mention of Viva, MX, Ghost Stories being another three-part body of work.
I have never considered giving one title to the first three albums. I personally felt their themes were less related than their journey. They do seem to tell a story of perhaps growing up and finding one's place in the world but that's just off the top of my head.



February 12, 2014 / submitted by Grace, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle!! :D
How are you? I hope you're well!! My question is: Which album was the hardest to make. I understand that every album has its long hours where you probably feel sick of the sight of seeing instruments , but did the boys find one album harder? Perhaps Parachutes being their first, or MX because it was a completely new wave of material for the band.
Thanks Oracle!

The short answer is X&Y.

Parachutes got off to a tough start as they began working with a producer who just wasn't right for them so they had to start again. Once they "found" Ken Nelson, things went pretty smoothly for a debut record.
There was a fair amount of pressure recording the follow up, A Rush Of Blood to the Head. Not just because an artist's second album is often notoriously called the Difficult Second Album but the sessions produced a lot of new material - written and demoed. The band decided to push the release date back to get it right.
X&Y was the most difficult for a number of reasons mostly down to many changes. The major one being Phil was on hiatus and they really felt the huge gap he left behind. Without him, they drifted a little.
Phil's return and the set up of The Bakery & Beehive for Viva & MX has certainly made the process easier. Hurrah!



February 11, 2013 / submitted by Chris, United Kingdom
Q.  Is this painting where the album cover of Viva la Vida came from? If it is the painting, it's bad that the woman ruined it.

It's always sad when art is defaced and yes, that is the painting - Eugene Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People.
Last year there was a woman who decided to touch up a fresco -
Ecce Homo - with rather alarming results. It wasn't a deliberate attempt to ruin a work of art but ruin it she did.



November 28, 2012 / submitted by Valentina, Colombia
Q.  Why Viva La Vida? Why in Spanish? I know that it can be called Death and All his friends too, but why the alternative name?

Viva la Vida's title was inspired by Frida Kahlo's painting of the same name hence it being in Spanish. There is no alternative title; Death & All Of His Friends is a separate song that is tagged on to VLV.


July 28, 2011 / submitted by Peter, United States of America
Q.  Why didn't the band perform Viva la Vida as their encore at the iTunes music festival? The whole crowd was calling for it, it seemed. I was wondering if maybe there was a behind the scenes / technical issue and that's why?

At the end of every show* the crowd chant the woah oh oh oh oh ohs from Viva. They're not requesting it as it had already been played. Viva is played near the end of the set but I am assuming you think it was omitted after it wasn't included on the iTunes playback.
*even after the Foo Fighters finished at T in the Park the night AFTER Coldplay.



March 28, 2011 / submitted by Kate, Poland
Q.  Hi, Oracle,
maybe you've already answered this, but I wanted to ask about the Viva la Vida video, the one where Chris is dressed like a king, wandering around with the painting under his arm. Was the video inspired by the Enjoy The Silence video by Depeche Mode?
If it was, are the guys DM's fans?
AND since you are all-knowing, do you have any idea why this new Oracle page isn't working on my screen? When I try to 'roll it down' only one half of the page goes down. I've tried everthing and it's still not working.
Thanks in advance. xxx
K.

Indeed, I have already answered this and the answers are yes and yes.

Make sure you're scrolling both arrows; the one on the far right for the website page and the Oracle one within the page. If it still doesn't work I suggest trying an alternative Internet browser e.g. Firefox or Safari...



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