Life in Technicolor II

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"Life in Technicolor ii"
Single by Coldplay
from the album Prospekt's March
B-side "Life in Technicolor ii" (live @ The O2, London)
"The Goldrush"
Released 2 February 2009 (2009-02-02)
(see release history)
Format Digital download, CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2008
Length 4:05 (EP version)
3:37 (radio edit)
Label Parlophone
Coldplay singles chronology
"Life in Technicolor ii"
"Lost+ / Viva la Vida (Live At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards)"
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
Released 12 June 2008
Genre Alternative rock, baroque pop, instrumental rock
Length 2:30
Label EMI/Parlophone/Capitol
  • Guy Berryman
  • Johnny Buckland
  • Will Champion
  • Chris Martin
  • Jon Hopkins

"Life in Technicolor II" (properly spelled and written as "Life in Technicolor ii"), is a song by British alternative rock band Coldplay and the first single from the band's 2008 EP, Prospekt's March.[1] The song is the full, vocal version of the instrumental song "Life in Technicolor" from Coldplay's fourth studio album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.[2] A promo CD single for the song was released in December 2008.[3] The official single was released on 2 February 2009 on 7" vinyl and digital download.[4] The single includes the previously unreleased and unheard track "The Goldrush", one of the few Coldplay songs featuring lead vocals by drummer Will Champion.[5] It was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the 52nd Grammy Awards; "Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" and "Best Short Form Music Video".[6]

"Life in Technicolor ii" 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.

Music video[edit]

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 kids sitting and awaiting a traditional Punch and Judy puppet show and features the band performing as puppets. However, the puppet show becomes increasingly extravagant as the video goes on, eventually featuring pyrotechnics and frontman Chris Martin crowd surfing over the children. Finally the puppet band members board a small helicopter which crashes through a window and flies away.[8] James Clarkson[9] and Coldplay's unofficial fifth member, Phil Harvey, can be seen in the video.[10]

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,[11] as well as Best Short Form Music Video at the 52nd Grammy Awards.

References in popular culture[edit]

The instrumental version of this song (released on the Viva La Vida album) can be heard as the film Night at the Museum 2 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.[12] 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 listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Life in Technicolor ii"   4:05
2. "Life in Technicolor ii" (Live at The O2, London) 3:36
3. "The Goldrush"   2:29
US Radio promo CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Life in Technicolor ii" (Radio edit) 3:12
US promo CD
No. Title Length
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. Title Length
1. "Life in Technicolor ii" (Radio edit) 3:37
2. "Life in Technicolor ii" (Prospekt's March version) 4:05
7" vinyl
A. "Life in Technicolor ii" – 4:05
B. "The Goldrush" – 2:29

Release history[edit]

Date Country Format
2008-12-00 United Kingdom Promotional CD
2009-02-02 United Kingdom 7" vinyl
2009-01-30 United Kingdom, the Netherlands Digital download
2009-01-20 United Kingdom Music video (airplay)
2009-01-20 Worldwide Music video (YouTube streaming)


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[13] 63
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 53
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[14] 39
Dutch Top 40[14] 15
Irish Singles Chart[15] 29
Japan Hot 100 Singles[16] 23
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 39
UK Singles Chart[17] 28
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 21


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  2. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "Coldplay: 'Life In Technicolor ii'". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  3. ^ ""Life in Technicolor ii" promotional single information". Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "News: Life In Technicolor ii to be single". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Balls, David. "B-side of the Week: Coldplay's 'Goldrush'". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards Nominees List". Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  7. ^ "News: Sneak preview of the "Life In Technicolor ii" video". Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
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  10. ^ ColdplayTV (2009-01-23). "Life In Technicolor ii - Coldplay". YouTube. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  11. ^ Knight, David (30 September 2009). "UK Music Video Awards 2009 – the Technical Achievement Award nominations in full". Promo News. Retrieved 2009-09-30. 
  12. ^ "MacBook Late 08 - YouTube". Retrieved 19 October 2008. 
  13. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF). Pandora Archive. Retrieved 27 February 2010. 
  14. ^ a b c d "Coldplay - Life In Technicolor II (Song)". Retrieved 20 February 2010. 
  15. ^ "Search the charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved on 20 February 2009. NB: Enter "Life in Technicolor" in "Search by Song Title" and select "search".
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  17. ^ "Life In Technicolor II". Chart Stats. Retrieved on 20 February 2009.

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