Coldplay Rips Off Creaky Boards?

June 19, 2008

Coldplay‘s latest album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, released in U.S. stores Tuesday, June 17, but their single off of the album, also called “Viva La Vida”, dropped on May 25 and has been played on televisions in an iTunes commercial ever since. But where did the inspiration for such a cool new song come from? New York band Creaky Boards says it came from them.

Creaky Boards frontman Andrew Hoepfner says that Coldplay’s new hit sounds strikingly similar to their own song, ironically named “The Songs I Didn’t Write”. He also alleges that Chris Martin attended a New York music festival last year in which Creaky Boards performed their song. On YouTube, Hoepfner has posted a video claiming,

“We were flattered when we thought we saw Chris Martin in the crowd. He seemed pretty into it … Maybe TOO into it?”

For their part, Coldplay has vehemently denied any allegations of plagiarism. Spokesman Murray Chalmers says,

“We totally refute their claims, and there are two facts that make it easy to disprove them. First, on the night in October when the band say Chris Martin was watching them, he was actually working at the Air Studio in London, and we can prove that. Second, even if he had been at the gig, “Viva la Vida” was written and demoed seven months before the night in question, so it couldn’t possibly have been copied.”

The band says any similarities between the melodies are pure coincidence.

See more photos of Chris Martin and listen to both songs below.

Coldplay vs. Creaky Boards Video

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2 Responses to “Coldplay Rips Off Creaky Boards?”

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    emmarose Says:

    creaky boards, unfortunately you’re not the only ones. you can hear lifts of riffs from echo and the bunnymen, the cure, the smiths, the pixies, and many obscure but good american and british bands CONSTANTLY in coldplay’s music. they’ve stolen from oasis even. now that’s desperate. coldplay is not a band that has any composers in it. they can play instruments but that’s it. so they lift from obscure bands that are cult favorites and slightly change the melody or rhythm/time just a tad and use additional instruments and pass it off as their own song. they are total hacks. i now believe most really successful bands except for the rare few stole from others big time and the really great ones who are totally original and do not steal remain obscure. stop plagiarizing chris and learn to compose!

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    lee Says:

    your band is the best band in the world