By Chris Martin’s own admission, his band Coldplay really isn’t very imaginative. A few years ago, he admitted to Rolling Stone, “We’re definitely good, but I don’t think you can say we’re that original. I regard us as being incredibly good plagiarists.”
That quote may end up costing them quite a bit of money in lawsuits. While I’m at it, let’s review just how many times Coldplay has been accused of stealing other people’s work.
Guitarist Satriani accused the band of stealing chords from his 2004 work “If I Could Fly.”
Creaky Boards alleged that Coldplay heavily borrowed from their aptly titled song, “Songs I Didn’t Write.”
Now Yusuf Islam, better known as Cat Stevens, wants in on the legal action. He claims that Chris Martin and company have taken material from his “Foreigner Suite” and applied it to their hit, “Viva la Vida.”
Every time I hear about one of these Coldplay plagiarism lawsuits, I think to myself, “Where have I heard this before?” I’d like to suggest that Chris Martin and his band mates pay a little more attention the next time the same question pops into their heads.