Saturday, December 6, 2008

Sampling the Alien

Oopsie!? Coldplay's awesome new song may be an awesome old song.

It seems like Viva La Vida (what my daughter refers to as "Coldplay 7") was quite probably lifted from Joe Satriani 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly." For those who may recall Joe, he had some big hits as while back with his Surfing the Alien album. He also was Steve Vai's teacher.

Reuters continues:
Satriani's copyright infringement suit, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles federal court, claims the Coldplay song "Viva La Vida" incorporates "substantial original portions" of his 2004 instrumental "If I Could Fly."

The 52-year-old guitar virtuoso is seeking a jury trial, damages and "any and all profits" attributable to the alleged copyright infringement.
Perhaps the most damning illustration of the debate comes from a YouTube video that compares them to devistating effect.

As a huge fan of both, I suggest that Coldplay quickly pay up, and have Joe guest on a rerecording, because alone, they are chocolate and peanut butter... together (as head in the video) they are a PERFECT PEANUT BUTTER CUP.

Excuse me while I go buy a copy of Joe's album, cause it rocks.

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