Posted in music on December 9, 2008

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With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani, we have now unfortunately found it necessary to respond publicly to his allegations. If there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him. Joe Satriani is a great musician, but he did not write or have any influence on the song Viva La Vida. We respectfully ask him to accept our assurances of this and wish him well with all future endeavours. Coldplay.

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Comments (73)

Joe who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 5:43 PM

Cold huh?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 5:46 PM

Strokes?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:09 PM

Boring. Coldplay sucks. They do this crap all the time.

- Coldplay stole the main melody from Kraftwerks' "Computer Love" and used it for their song "Talk".

- Next they took the ending of The Beatles' 'A Day In The Life" and put the same ending on their song "What If".

- Their song "White Shadows" sounds like Prince's "When Doves Cry".

- "Speed of Sound" uses the exact drumbeat from Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill".

- "Life In Technicolor" uses heavy samples from Jon Hopkins "Light Through The Veins.

- Finally, "The Hardest Part" sounds completely like a majority of tunes off of R.E.M.'s Out Of Time.

That is a hell of a lot of stealing going around. Granted two of them Coldplay had permission to use (Computer Love and Light Through The Veins) but they have been "borrowing" a lot since A Rush of Blood To The Head.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:09 PM

Chris Martin also stole my girlfriend.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:18 PM

to 6:09 Anon,
Thanks for pointing the Kraftwork rip-off out. I heard that song but didn't know who was doing the ripping.
Seriously, listen to Coldplay's "Talk" and then Kraftwerk's "Computer Love" and tell me that they are not EXACTLY the same.

Kraftwerk have all the right to sue on that one, I'm very surprised no one has mentioned it before.
Fuck Coldplay, stupid adult-contemporary corporate-rock Radiohead-wannabe advertising manufactured turds.

Posted by tongue | December 9, 2008 6:31 PM

Eat it Satriani

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:35 PM

Tongue.


they are exactly the same because it's a sample more or less.

Those rights to Kraftwerk's Computer Love were cleared before X and Y came out, just saying.

Coldplay has always said that is where the riff comes from. And they asked Kraftwerk for it. Kraftwerk blessed it my friend - chill.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:37 PM

SAME DRUMBEAT??!!!!!!

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS I SAY!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:42 PM

Some of these comments are worse than Coldplay.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:45 PM

SOUNDS LIKE PRINCE????!!!!!!!

GET ME MY HANGING NOOSE!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:45 PM

coldplay licks my balls

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:54 PM

yawn.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:55 PM

American rockers THE FLAMING LIPS have settled out of court with legendary singer CAT STEVENS - over similarities between their track FIGHT TEST and his classic FATHER AND SON.
A statement on Cat's website reads, "Royalties over the single FIGHT TEST will now be divided between both parties according to the agreed settlement. "FLAMING LIPS singer WAYNE COYNE says,"I didn't really know the song, but I do see now that it definitely has got some resemblance with the Cat Stevens' song."

Coldplay: pay up.

Joe Satriani: YOU DOUCHEBAG POSER. FEELS LIKE "HAVING YOUR HEART TORN OUT?????" YOU WROTE IT FOR YOUR WIFE????? I GUESS YOU'LL JUST HAVE TO BUY HER A YACHT WITH COLDPLAY'S MONEY BEACUSE YOU HIT THE LOTTERY YOU GAPING, DICKLESS ASSWOUND. SANCTIMONIOUS BALD TWAT.

Coldplay: you suck.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 6:57 PM

Coldplay is in deep shit. Remember what happened to the Verve when they sampled that cover version of "The Last Time" by the Andrew Oldham Orchestra? They lost all royalties from the song. That wasn't even a sample of actual Stones material. This is a dead on steal. Coldplay is F_U_C_K_E_D.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 7:12 PM

Deep deep doody indeed!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 7:33 PM

Who'd Satriani steal it from?

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 7:36 PM

Coldplay listens to Satriani?

Posted by Tito | December 9, 2008 7:39 PM

It is funny how Coldplay fans are trying to defend this steal. Pretty hard to defend it. They are exactly the same. Chris Martin has been caught and has sampled before.

BUSTED!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 7:48 PM

Coldplay isn't fucked. I'm sure they have enough money for bread and water even if Satriani wins.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 7:59 PM

I think he or she means fucked because now their song is tainted. Kiss those Grammy's goodbye Coldplay. Song sucks anyway. Both of them

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 8:08 PM

battle of the overfunded no talents!

let's go!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 8:33 PM

coldplay became a corporate rock band pretty quickly. as usual, in it for them money and it's never enough money.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 8:34 PM

What's funny is how people are comparing shit like the Verve SAMPLING (not sounding like) an orchestral version of a Stones Song and Wayne Coyne ADMITTING that he thought Fight Test sounded like the Cat Stevens song (Coyne acknowledged the likeness between the two songs in an interview last year before the song's release) to a Satriani song that in the last few days has proven to sound exactly like 50 songs before it.

Unless Satriani can figure out a way to prove that Chris Martin or anyone else from Coldplay has ever heard a random track on one of the 20 albums Satriani has released, you guys are kidding yourselves to assume Coldplay are "fucked" or even a little bit guilty in the eyes of a judge.

Now they might throw him a couple hundred grand in a settlement to shut him up and avoid any more bad publicity involved in that douchebag's whining to the press (unless they decide he's an asshole and want to prove innocence on principle), but let's not act like he's going to put them out on the street with his bullshit "dagger in my heart" douchebaggery.

And for the record, this is coming from someone who isn't a fan of either artist.

Posted by Dr. Worm | December 9, 2008 8:37 PM

I'm glad you took time out of your busy schedule to tell us, then. How generous!

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 8:41 PM

You don't have to prove that Coldplay heard the song.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 8:48 PM

If woody would have gone to the police, none of this would have ever happened.

Posted by Z | December 9, 2008 9:29 PM

These bullshit coincidence cases are won by whoever can afford the best lawyers, as well as, the best musicologists to make their case. A musicologist will be able to find dozens of examples of similar progressions and melody.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 10:10 PM

For every knee-jerk jack-ass who assumes Coldplay both sucks and are a gang of thieves, it's clear you haven't been listening. If you think Chris Martin would need to pilfer someone else's melody you're too busy with your nose up the collective ass of Telepathe.

They may be too soft-rock for your Boredoms-assaulted ears, but "Viva la Vida" is a fantastic song and Coldplay's recent album proved (after a good deal of middling material) that they could make the leap to a thoughtful and creative, big-time act. Satriani should work on his next "concept" (one of his recent was imagining himself as an enormous robot, and what would that sound like?) and stick to cornball laser-guided hairmetal riffs. A shame a gorgeous song (one responded to in a legitimately mass way) should be tainted by this crap.

Posted by Anonymous | December 9, 2008 11:02 PM

What's this have to do with Radiohead?

Posted by Anon | December 10, 2008 6:36 AM

You fucking Coldplay ass-kissing dick-sucking morons. Listen to the two songs, the melody is EXACTLY the same! Not kind of the same, EXACTLY the same. It's a rip off, if you are too brain dead to acknowledge that you deserve to be forced to eat your own fecal matter and die slowly in a Turkish prison. Dumb shits.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 6:56 AM

Yeah but in their defense if you were going to conciously rip something off wouldn't you change it a little bit just to cover your ass...ie Ice Ice Baby with the added ting "it's not the same".

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 8:30 AM

anon 11:02

I knew you were just joking when you said the latest coldplay album was good

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 8:49 AM

"big-time"

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 8:52 AM

Viva La Vida is one of the best albums of the year

Posted by Ryan | December 10, 2008 8:54 AM

6:09, Coldplay admitted that The Hardest Part was their REM song (and 42 is their Radiohead song)

Posted by chris gaines | December 10, 2008 9:11 AM

9:11, why can't coldplay just write their own "songs"? They steal riffs and parody others. What is next? Hey this is our Wilco song. I'm sick and tired of Chris Martin and Coldplay. It is bad a enough every 3 years we gotta put up with a new album but now Martin has crossed into Jay-Z and Kanye land. I guess it is true what Jarvis Cocker says..."Shit floats to the top."

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 9:18 AM

amen brother...enough with coldplay already.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 9:30 AM

Chris Martin is a very, very confused man.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 9:50 AM

Down with Coldplay. Long live The Smiths!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 9:55 AM

I really hope Coldplay loses out on this case. It would be soooooo funny. After all that PR, touring, and monster ass kissing in the US, to not only lose all royalties and profits, but lose their grammy bids as well. They deserve this. They have been over exposed since 2005, shoving this crap down our throats 24/7. Chris Martin has his head stuck so far up his ass it isn't even funny.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:01 AM

Any artist should know what else is going on in good music and therefore is responsible for ripping off another artist. The catch is when both "artists" are not infact artists, but instead commercial musicians. In this case, and others like it, I say we give Martin and Satriani a revolver each, and let'em shoot it out! Heck, maybe we could even get a good band to come play for the event!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:09 AM

Coldplay, whatever. Can we talk about Satriani? Would he have sued Creaky Boards? No Way. He's coming out like he was robbed and raped at Gunpoint, but the reality is that he hit the jackpot. No one on this list would know his song if not for coldplay. And now, he can lay claim to a big piece--maybe the biggest piece--of this composition by a huge major labnel artist. He'll make more off the coldplay track than all his own work combined.

The reason I mentione the FLIPS before (yeah was me) is because Wayne said it might have been act of unconcious theft. He's an artist, and he can admit this. He knows everything is ripped off from someone in music.

Unconcious theft. You know where I last heard Joe Satriani? Seriously? Heathrow airport. Is it possible Martin heard Satrianin's elevator music in a starbucks somewhere and copped it? Definitely--I'm sure he didn't sit down with the record to steal this song. But nevertheless, this is common. Songs don't just burn through the atmosphere into the head of a blank-slated artist.

But what pisses me off, is Satriani knows this too. So I wish he'd stop pretending he is the victim of a violent crime, and let teh lawyers quietly earn him a big, fat honking check he otherwise would never, never get...

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:14 AM

Its about time Coldplay gets unmasked publicly for the hacks that they are. Bravo, Satriani.

Posted by The Fatman | December 10, 2008 10:23 AM

The La's > Coldplay

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:23 AM

it's very very difficult to take a man seriously when he names an album "Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock"....

i shit you not.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:30 AM

malmsteen > satriani

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 10:45 AM

Don't lie, any of you would have sued too.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:02 AM

Living La Vida Loca = Viva La Vida = Turd Sandwich

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:16 AM

I would sue depending on who I was suing. There's what we call "judgment-proof." I would not sue Creaky Boards, because they made no money, so they are judgment-proof. I would sue Coldplay, but I would do it with some class because this is going to settle, for a lot of money, end everyone knows it. Dagger in my heart, whatever. More like a wad in your wallet...

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:20 AM

I'm suing Satriani for the stupid Ibanez Guitar I bought in 1988!

Posted by greg | December 10, 2008 11:21 AM

“[Regarding 'Dani California'] I seriously doubt that there is any negative intent there. And a lot of rock & roll songs sound alike...The Strokes admitted that they took [my] riff for “American Girl” and used it in their song “Last Nite”

Posted by Tom Petty | December 10, 2008 11:25 AM

I'm pretty sure Coldplay's song "Shiver" sounds like something off Jeff Buckley debut album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:26 AM

Hey Tom when's the album coming out bro?

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:32 AM

Coldplays's been ripping off Tito Puente for YEARS!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 1:03 PM

"I'm suing Satriani for the stupid Ibanez Guitar I bought in 1988!"

Greg, may I borrow this quote to proclaim it as my nomination as "Quote of the Year"?

Sincerely,
me

Posted by b.LOUD | December 10, 2008 1:48 PM

re: Kraftwerk, they've credited them and acknowledge that is a sample from "Computer Love"

Posted by Comehomenow | December 10, 2008 2:25 PM

Satriani's album "Is There Love in Space" was released in 2004. Listen to "Frances Limon" by Enanitos Verdes. It was released in 2002. Listen to "Love/Heaven" by Cat Stevens. It was released in the goddamned 70s.

Satriani is a hack for claiming that 3-note riff is his own original work.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 3:16 PM

thats a lot more than a 3 note riff youre talking about here.

also in defense of Satriani, I mean the guy does sell out places like MSG theater and United Palace Theater. My guess is he is comfortably off, so you cant claim this is a money grab on his part. I think this is more matter of principle for him. I would not be surprised if he donates the award to a worthy charity.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 3:33 PM

Coldplay is gay and should be sued!!! Its a very obvious rip off!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 5:20 PM

Guess what........C O L D P L A Y.........S U C K !

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 6:04 PM

Black Lips >>>>>> Coldplay

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 6:04 PM

Ok, so from this blog of comments I have gathered the following things about Coldplay:

1. They borrowed the main riff from Kraftwerks' Computer Love (with permission).

2. Stole the ending of A Day In The Life and used it to end their own song "What If" on X&Y.

3. Sampled Eno on their song "White Shadows"

4. Used similar melody of Prince's "When Doves Cry", also during "White Shadows:

5. Used similar drumbeat of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" for Speed of Sound

6. Sound like Jeff Buckley on "Shiver"

7. Completely stole the melody of "Viva La Vida" from that dude Joe Satriani.

8. Used heavy samples from Jon Hopkins for their songs "Life In Technicolor I and II"


Damn that is a lot of borrowing, sampling, stealing going on here. Notice the majority of this "theft" took place over their last two albums, X&Y and Viva La Vida. Looks like Chris Martin is hitting a creative dry spell since he has to keep doing stunts like this.

I remember when Viva La Vida first came out, Chris Martin said they tried to copy blur's "Sing" on their track "Lost". Man they sound nothing alike and I'm glad he didn't steal the vibe of that beautiful song. Who knows maybe they tried. I guess blur has good lawyers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 6:33 PM

Hello friends - please check out our new Coldplay fan site - www.hookedonstealin.com - where we let our fans vote on what song(s) we rip off next.

Posted by Chris Martin | December 10, 2008 6:46 PM

I bet it will be a radiohead song. Something like "High and Dry". I bet they become HUGE animal collective fans as well so expect a "Fireworks" ripoff.

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Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 7:31 PM

I have Sherlock Holmes on the case. He says Coldplay are the biggest thieves in London.

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 9:40 PM

coldplay just got crazy corporate the last 2-3 years. obnoxious

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:10 PM

Yay! Everyone has an opinion on how much Coldplay sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | December 10, 2008 11:25 PM

Its obvious Coldplay ripped this song off, too... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Vml7SwxXTI

Posted by greg | December 11, 2008 12:06 AM

Coldplay is just a bad Echo and the Bunneymen.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2008 9:33 AM

Songwriters have been "borrowing" from the beginning of songwriting. But there's a certain subtlety required to keep it in the art realm, and out of the knock-off-the-local-gas station line of business. And yes... Your very favorite heros have all lifted from their heros.

I've not heard the Coldplay or Joe records. Here's what is so interesting to me about all these comments. Let me say first... If you love Coldplay, I understand... You get into it and probably just somehow keep loving them more and more. No. What's most interesting to me is any of you that's listened a lot and decided they suck. With a nod to all my friends and loved ones who are Coldplay fans, I've never been able to listen - or watch (especially watch) them more than seconds. They have the most amazing instant suck factor with me. I mean... seconds.

By the way, I think they paid for the Kraftwerk song use. It's legit. Happens all the time. They need to pay Joe and get on with life. Joe may need the money.

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