Cat Stevens Says Coldplay Ripped Him Off Too

Amrit Singh | May 4, 2009 - 4:46 pm

Remember that time Joe Satriani was like “I wrote ‘Viva La Vida’ first and I demand all the money?” And Coldplay was like “bugger off, little guitar man“? This one is better, partially because it involves the guy who wrote “Peace Train,” and partially because he must be high. Yusuf Islam told The Sun (via NME):

“There’s been this argument about Coldplay stealing this melody from Joe Satriani,” he said. “But, if you listen to it, it’s mine! It’s the [1973 song] ‘Foreigner Suite’, it is!”

We’ve edited the suite to the portion at issue.

It’s too bad Cat has declared he won’t sue, because this is a perfect opportunity for Coldplay to utilize the classic legal defense of Whuuuuuut. Stevens would have a better case suing himself for ripping off Jimmy Soul’s “If You Want To Be Happy.” The big winner in all of this? Creaky Boards. Because they are an obligatory “Viva La Vida” plagiarism-post mention, which is so much more than when they are usually mentioned never.

[Photo by Jenn Perutka from Pemberton ’08]