Cat Stevens may sue Coldplay

5th May 2009 | 12:24

Cat Stevens may sue Coldplay

"It depends on how well Satriani does"

Singer-songwriter Cat Stevens said yesterday that Coldplay's Viva La Vida sounds a lot like his 36-year-old opus Foreigner Suite, and now he's hinting that he may take legal action.

"It depends on how well Joe Satriani does," said Stevens, who now goes by the name of Yusuf Islam, referring to guitarist Joe Satriani's ongoing lawsuit against the British hitmakers.

Satriani has sued Coldplay, accusing the group of copyright infringement. He claims that substantial original portions of his song If I Could Fly are lifted in the Grammy-winning Viva La Vida and is seeking damages.

Stevens' son brought Coldplay to dad's attention

"The song definitely sounds like it. It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is..." Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) on the similarities bwteeen Viva La Vida and Foreigner Suite

Islam said that his son brought the Coldplay song to his attention and said, "Doesn't that sound like Foreigner Suite?"

Talking to Reuters, Islam said, "The song definitely sounds like it. It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is..."

In the past, Islam has come out the victor in a similar case: In 2003, he was awarded damages from the band The Flaming Lips, after it was decided that their song Flight Test was similar to his 1970 hit Father And Son.

(By the way, that sound you're currently hearing is Coldplay's Chris Martin banging his head against the wall while ringing up his psychiatrist.)

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