Life in Technicolor II

"Life in Technicolor II" (stylised as "Life in Technicolor ii"), is a song by British rock band Coldplay released as the first single from the Prospekt's March EP.[1] It is the full, vocal version, of the instrumental track "Life in Technicolor", from the band's fourth studio album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.[2] The songs starts with a loop consisting of a santoor accompanied by tabla-like percussion. The loop is then repeated through the verses and part of the chorus.

"Life in Technicolor II"
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Single by Coldplay
from the EP Prospekt's March
B-side
  • "Life in Technicolor II" (live @ The O2, London)
  • "The Goldrush"
Released2 February 2009 (2009-02-02)
Recorded2008
Genre
Length
  • 4:05 (EP version)
  • 3:37 (radio edit)
LabelParlophone
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Coldplay singles chronology
"Lost!"
(2008)
"Life in Technicolor II"
(2009)
"Strawberry Swing"
(2009)
Music video
"Life in Technicolor II" on YouTube
"Life in Technicolor"
Song by Coldplay
from the album Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
Released12 June 2008 (2008-06-12)
Genre
Length2:30
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Guy Berryman
  • Johnny Buckland
  • Will Champion
  • Chris Martin
  • Jon Hopkins

A promotional CD single was released in December 2008 while the 7" vinyl and digital download came out on 2 February 2009.[3][4] It includes a previously unreleased and unheard track called "The Goldrush", one of the few Coldplay songs featuring lead vocals by drummer Will Champion.[5] The track was nominated for "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" and "Best Music Video" at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.[6]

Music videoEdit

 
Coldplay performing "Life in Technicolor II" at the Parque Simon Bolivar, Bogota, Colombia, on March 4, 2010

The music video premiered on 20 January 2009 on 4Music and Channel 4.[7] The video starts out with a group of children sitting and awaiting a traditional Punch and Judy puppet show in the Aldenham War Memorial Hall. Suddenly, the band appears as puppets "onstage" and begins performing the song, which confuses and somewhat unsettles the children and the adults in the room. A girl in the audience recognizes the band members as she looks back and forth between them and the cover of a book she is holding, which is a fictional "unofficial biography" of Coldplay called "Playin' It Cool". The puppet show becomes increasingly extravagant as the video goes on, eventually featuring pyrotechnics, frontman Chris Martin crowd surfing over the children, and Punch and Judy performing motorcycle stunts across the stage. Finally, after finishing the song, the puppet band members board a miniature helicopter and after taking off, drummer Will Champion tosses his drumsticks to the girl in the audience before the helicopter crashes through a window as they fly away. The girl looks down at the tiny drumsticks in her hands and smiles.[8]

James Clarkson[9] and Coldplay's fifth member, Phil Harvey, can be seen in the video.[10][11]

The director of this video is Dougal Wilson. The video was nominated in the Best Art Direction in a Video and Best Visual Effects in a Video categories at the UK Music Video Awards 2009,[12] as well as Best Music Video at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

In popular cultureEdit

The short instrumental version of this song (released on Viva la Vida) can be heard as the film Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian ends during a scene with Ben Stiller and Amy Adams. It was also used on Sky Sports' "Ford Super Sunday" coverage during the 2008/2009 as well as "Match of the Day" during the same season. This version was used at the beginning of the Great Yarmouth (UK) Hippodrome Circus show 2009. NFL Network also used it for their coverage of the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine and also for their coverage of the 2009 NFL Draft. The song was also played during the opening montage of the 2009 ESPY Awards. The instrumental version of the song is used in London Eye's pre-flight 4D Experience show. A portion of the instrumental version is also used in Apple Inc.'s introduction of the 2008 MacBook Air, as well as the introduction of the Late 08 MacBook.[13] The song was also used in a promotional on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) for PBS's primary programming. Life in Technicolor II was used in an advertisement for Wimbledon 2013 on ESPN.

Track listingEdit

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Life in Technicolor II"4:05
2."Life in Technicolor II" (Live at The O2, London)3:36
3."The Goldrush"2:29
7" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Life in Technicolor II"4:05
2."The Goldrush"2:29
US Radio promo CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Life in Technicolor II" (Radio edit)3:12
US promo CD
No.TitleLength
1."Life in Technicolor II" (Pop edit)3:14
2."Life in Technicolor II" (Radio edit)3:37
3."Life in Technicolor II" (Instrumental)4:06
UK promo CD
No.TitleLength
1."Life in Technicolor II" (Radio edit)3:37
2."Life in Technicolor II" (Prospekt's March version)4:05

ChartsEdit

Release historyEdit

Release history for "Life in Technicolor II"
Country Date Format
United Kingdom December 2008 Promotional CD
United Kingdom 20 January 2009 Music video (airplay)
Various 20 January 2009 Music video (YouTube streaming)
United Kingdom, the Netherlands 30 January 2009 Digital download
United Kingdom 2 February 2009 7" vinyl

ReferencesEdit

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