Joe Satriani is Sort of Not a Big Deal

Filed under music is my boyfriend

First, Joe Satriani accused Coldplay of ripping off his 2004 song “If I Could Fly”:

Now Cat Stevens (er, um, Yusuf Islam) is accusing them of stealing from his 1973 song “Foreigner Suite”:

And suddenly Brooklyn band Creaky Boards claims that their 2008 song “The Songs I Didn’t Write” was also copied by Coldplay . . . even though their albums came out at the same time. And seriously, when you straight up tell everyone that you didn’t write the song IN ITS TITLE, I don’t think you have a leg to stand on in the courtroom.

The fact that Cat Stevens evidently didn’t think Satriani himself was worth suing when his song came out four whole years before Coldplay’s interests me, though. If I was Satriani, I’d be super-offended.


  1. Todd says:

    If I were Joe Satriani, I’d be super-offended too, until I realized the only reason Cat Stevens was suing Coldplay was to stop them from continuing to be whiny and thinking it’s music.

  2. alison says:

    i didn’t know about any of these but i’m not surprised, considering they blatantly ripped off kraftwerk’s “computer love” with “talk.” to be honest, i kind of hate this band anyway. so boring.

  3. Serial says:

    Comment unrelated to your post: You’re reposted on DIW today! I also may have talked a little smack about you, but it was warm-hearted smack talk. Promise.