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Coldplay: Musical Genisues or Rip-off Artists?

Have you heard of this? Before I get into the details, just view the video for yourself:

Andrew Hoepfner, songwriter and singer for a little-known American band called Creaky Boards, is a little pissed that Coldplay's megahit "Viva La Vida" sounds like his song called, ironically, "The Songs I Didn't Write". He even (sarcastically...?) accuses Coldplay frontman Chris Martin of being in the crowd at a Creaky Boards performance in New York back in October of '07.

So here's the facts (courtesy of Songfacts.com): Martin was working at the Air Studio in London at the time of the 2007 performance in question, so that theory is wiped out. Additionally, "Viva La Vida" was written and demoed seven months prior to the aformentioned Creaky Boards show in NYC. But on that note, Hoepfner reversely could not have plaigarized a song that was not yet released for public listening.

To me, this is just one really big coincidence. They say great minds think alike, and these songs are both good in their own right. I personally like Coldplay's topic, but commend Creaky Boards for breaking out with a song comparative to a Grammy-nominated hit.

This is a tale as old as time, do a Google search and you'll see what I mean, but it is truly strange that these talented gentleman wrote two separate songs that sound a lot like each other, without either of the groups hearing the other beforehand, wheras history shows us a laundry list of artists whose songs sound similar to established recordings far older than the latter.    

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December 10, 2008 4:13 AM updated: December 10, 2008 4:14 AM

This one you've mentioned is news to me, but a couple days ago I heard about Coldplay getting sued by Joe Satriani...Watch this video as well, will be very interesting to see what happens in court Wink

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/05/coldplay-sued-for-plagiar_n_148676.html

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December 10, 2008 9:23 PM

Yeah, I just read about the Satriani v. Coldplay case on PerezHilton.com, and it is indeed unusual that so many people are staking claim on this song. But the thread at the Huffington Post article you cited seems to have some good points; e.g. you cannot copyright a chord progession, and musically these progressions are really quite different. Now I am a music fanatic, not a musician, but I think the Creaky Boards song sounds more like "Viva La Vida" than Satriano's "If I Could Fly" to me, and I ruled that off as a coincidence.

I mean, I love "Viva La Vida", it's so freakin' awesome man! And it doesn't sound enough like "The Songs I Didn't Write" or "If I Could Fly" to me, simply because I don't think these songs are as awesome. Perhaps good, but not heavens-parting-and-choir-of-angels-singing awesome.

December 11, 2008 11:29 PM

I was always kinda indifferent to Coldplay, before, but when that song got popular, yeah, it's catchy. I don't listen to a lot of radio, but having it in a commercial, I heard it. And I wasn't familiar with that Joe Satriani song, although I do have a bunch of his earlier stuff. So I really don't know what to think :o]

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December 12, 2008 6:15 PM

Interesting. Howard Stern was playing and comparing the songs a few days ago too. They are very similar.

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May 5, 2009 10:44 PM

First, little known band Creaky Boards calls foul play on Coldplay

Then, Joe Satriani says HIS original is more original

NOW, Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam says he wrote a song like Viva La Vida, see for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GqBn8hP-QQ&feature=player_embedded

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