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“By rights this should have been a disaster…” As words that could title Coldplay’s biography, these must surely rank pretty highly?

The black and white ‘behind the scenes’ footage here was shot by Mat Whitecross, the bands long-time friend who made the Bigger Stronger video; a video on a beach that ended up getting scrapped – he must surely have spent much of this day wondering if the same would happen again here!

He did manage to ask Chris a quick question about the upcoming album while they were standing about, though.

The simplicity of the final video could not have been more perfect – and for many people, was their introduction to the band. Nobody would ever have signed off on a plan to make a video that was simply the singer walking down a beach singing the song, but anything else seems utterly unthinkable now.

In an effort to bring some variety to the single shot, colour effects were manipulated during post-production to make the video begin in blue-ish dark and move through into bright daylight.

It’s worth noting that this effect meant that the opening frames of the Yellow video could easily have fit into the Ghost Stories artwork that was to come 14 years later! Co-incidence, or subliminal self-influence?

For some time there was a website that went to great lengths to explain how the video had been made at a specific time on a specific day to take advantage of a natural phenomena that caused the daylight to change in real time.

Given the chaos of the day, it’s not surprising that this theory gave those who actually *did* make the video a laugh for many years.


Welcome to the Coldplay Timeline

The Coldplay Timeline is a living history of the band, from their first rehearsal in 1998 to the present day. It allows you to relive their story via exclusive videos, audio, photos, blogs, interviews and handwritten notes.

There are two ways to use the site. You’ll begin at the chronological Timeline view, where you can scroll down through the years. Or, switch to Map view and see all the items with locations mapped out.

On both views, you can filter by Category and/or by Era – allowing you to search for, say, all of the video content from the X&Y era.

You can add to the Timeline too, by uploading your pictures from shows you’ve attended. We’ll also add more content over the coming days, weeks and months.

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