I’m not a fan of Coldplay, I hate their music, I don’t understand the appeal and I think they are boring (I feel the same way about Radiohead, but that’s a topic for another day). So when I heard that Coldplay was being sued by Joe Satriani I had to check it out. Apparently Coldplay’s “hit” song ‘Viva la vida’ uses the exact same melody as Joe Satriani’s ‘If I Could Fly’, but since I’ve never heard Joe’s track, I didn’t know who to believe, until now.
Check out the Youtube video above and tell me that Coldplay didn’t rip off this song? You can’t, it’s clear as day that it’s the same melody. But apparently Coldplay is denying it and even released a statement that they had never heard Joe’s song and that it was pure coincidence…. riiiiiight. I’m surprised Coldplay didn’t come out and say something like “Oh well we’re both ridiculously good artists, so we must have come up with the same melody. That’s what happens when you’re a genius.” I would never call Coldplay “genius” and as for Joe Satriani, I don’t know any of his other work, but I have to imagine he’s a much better musician than anyone in Coldplay.