Guitar wizard Joe Satriani is suing snooze rockers Coldplay, claiming that the band’s hit song “Viva La Vida” uses riffs from his 2004 instrumental “If I Could Fly.”
In the lawsuit, Satriani states that “Viva La Vida” used “substantial original portions” of his song from the album Is There Love in Space? One listen to both of these tunes and it’s obvious that this is an open and shut case, in favor of Satriani.
Now, I should be really angry with Satch (a musician for whom I happen to love) for making me actually listen to Coldplay for four whole minutes, but I was laughing so hard at Coldplay’s blatant rip-off that I decided to forgive him.
You can listen to both songs here below — and I apologize in advance for subjecting you to Coldplay, but seriously, you have to hear this. At almost a minute into “If I Could Fly” there’s a lead guitar track that is the exact melody of the chorus of “Viva La Vida.”
Oh, and get this: At this year’s Grammy Awards (another snooze-fest), Coldplay has seven nominations: “Viva La Vida” is up for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Rock Song [ack] with the guy who’s married to Gwyneth Paltrow and his three other bandmates being named as the songwriters. The band is also up for Best Pop Performance and Best Rock Performance for the song and Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends is up for Best Rock Album [seriously, rock? and against Metallica’s Death Magnetic — HA HA!].
Please oh please let Satriani win this case so he can actually afford to retire one day and live a comfortable life off all that Coldplay pop music money.
Here’s Coldplay’s song …
Now compare and cleanse with Satch’s song …
Now tell me that Satch doesn’t have a case.
Get “If I Could Fly” for only 99 cents and prove that there are still people out there that like real music.
UPDATE: Reader J has pointed up to a video con YouTube which not only compares the similar parts of each song, but then also overlaps them so that there can be do doubt. Check out the video below. The comparison part comes in at 50 seconds in.
[UPDATE: 9/2009: A judge has dismissed the case; speculation is that it was settled out of court, though there’s no proof of that and neither parties have made a statement.]