Coldplay Ripped Off Cat Stevens?

Coldplay’s track, “Viva La Vida,” has been mired in controversy about the origin of it’s melody since it’s release last year.

First, the Creaky Boards made the claim with their track “The Songs I Didn’t Write.”  Then, Joe Satriani tried, claiming that the hit was a rip-off of his 2004 tune “If I Could Fly.”

Now, NME is reporting that Cat Stevens is making the claim that “Viva La Vida” bites off of his “Foreigner Suite.”

I don’t know if any of these claims are true, nor do I care, but doesn’t it seem like every time Cat Stevens has a new album to promote, or a Greatest Hits package to shill, that he thrusts himself right back into the limelight?  I don’t begrudge anyone their particular faith, but it doesn’t make sense to abandon it for monetary gain every few years.  God, in whatever form you believe, probably doesn’t appreciate it.

Creaky Boards – The Songs I Didn’t Write (mp3) from Brooklyn Is Love


3 responses to “Coldplay Ripped Off Cat Stevens?

  1. The Flaming Lips’ “Fight Test” = Cat Stevens’ “Fathers and Sons”

    • They split royalties with him for that.

      And, who wants to listen to an 18 minute Cat Stevens song to see if he could be right? No one. If it’s not “The Wind,” “Peace Train,” or “Wild World,” no one cares.

  2. I think the Flaming Lips connection is stretching it even.

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