Ah, Some Humor…

Now that at least three separate artists have publicly accused Coldplay for copyright infringement, even though Coldplay are notorious of giving immense amounts of credit where credit is due, The Huffington Post has finally made something humorous out of it…

I would like to take the opportunity to claim that I wrote Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida.” In fact, I wrote “Viva La Vida” just about an hour ago after hearing the news that my pal Yusuf — the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens — feels that the undeniable Coldplay smash is too close for comfort to one section of his “Foreigner Suite” from his 1973 album “The Foreigner.”

So to be honest here, I’m not exactly sure if I actually stole “Viva La Vida” from Coldplay, from Cat Stevens, from Joe Satriani or from some obscure band called the Creaky Boards who actually called their version of our collective hit “The Songs I Didn’t Write.”

Earlier today Cat Stevens Yusuf Islam said,

My son brought it to my attention and said: ‘Doesn’t that sound like ‘Foreigner Suite?'” the musician, now known as Yusuf Islam, told Reuters. “The song definitely sounds like it,” he said of his song. “It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is.

Asked during a telephone interview from London whether he would pursue the issue legally, Islam, 60, said “it depends on how well Satriani does.”


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