Trivia / Coldplay

  • Banned in China: Parachutes, due to "Spies" being interpreted as a potshot at their form of communism. Buckland commented that the banning was "really weird."
  • Black Sheep Hit: Parachutes is practically a Black Sheep Album: its intimate, acoustic style doesn't sound like any of Coldplay's other albums, and the band hates it these days. (Though "Yellow" still survives on the setlist.)
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Yellow".
  • Creator Breakdown: A subtle one; Ghost Stories was made after Chris and his wife Gwyneth Paltrow divorced, and the album is conceptually rooted in a breakup. You can sense the depression.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Coldplay's debut EP Safety is perhaps one of the most extreme examples of this trope. Only 500 copies were ever produced, and of those 500 copies, only about 50 made it into public circulation (as the rest were given to friends, family and record companies) making it extremely rare. When copies do show up, they typically command up to $6,000. Thankfully, all songs that appear on it were released in subsequent EP releases, so at least you're not missing out on any content, but if you're going for 100% Completion, be prepared to shell out some dosh...
    • To a much lesser extent, their second EP Blue Room (the original release that is) is quite rare. Only 5,000 were made and can cost upwards of $100 on ebay. Thankfully, not only was it e-released but is also available on iTunes. As an added bonus, 2 out of the three songs on the nigh impossible to obtain Safety are on the Blue Room (the other "No More Keeping My Feet On The Ground" was on the Yellow EP, which is also on iTunes).
  • One of Us: To help prepare for the role of Pepper Potts in the Iron Man film, Gwyneth Paltrow borrowed a few comic books from her now ex-husband, lead singer Chris Martin.
  • Shrug of God: The bandmembers rarely give specific explanations of a song's meaning (though they love to give fake ones). Chris, the main lyric-writer, has stated that he has no idea what "Yellow" is about.
    • Jonny once stated that it was about bananas.
  • Viral Marketing: The lyric videos for "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall".

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