Coldplay Vs Joe Satriani

By on Tuesday, 9th December 2008 at 12:35 pm

If you haven’t heard of the Joe Satriani – Coldplay scandal then you must have been in an isolated jungle. Possibly set to be the biggest music industry law suit this year, Coldplay have been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Last week on 4th December, court papers were filled in by Joe Satriani’s legal team alleging that the vocals on the hit single “Viva La Vida” copied his main guitar melody from his own track “If I could fly”.

Now using someone else’s music in your own track is nothing new, but you must have an agreement with the person you are sampling from. Joe Satriani never made such an agreement and Coldplay have come up with little response to defend themselves. Coldplay have really put themselves in it as “If I could fly” was laboured over for ten years by one of the most iconic guitar players ever.

Speaking out on the 6th December, Joe Satriani explains that he never wanted to go to court but Satriani expressed that he is only doing what he thinks is right. He also said that “The second I heard it, I knew it was [my own] If I Could Fly” and added “That’s what really hurts about this whole thing. That I spent so long writing the song, thinking about it, loving it, nursing it, and then finally recording it and standing on stages the world over playing it – and then somebody comes along and plays the exact same song and calls it their own.”

Both artists have received massive publicity but neither would be happy for the reasons why. A jury will decide the case in the close future but why don’t you see if you think Coldplay copied Joe with this mashupof the two songs:


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One Response

1:37 pm
1st January 2009

Joe got there 1st –

Coldplay – not interested

Satch is the best

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