Coldplay (it again?)

If you think that the ubiquitous melody of Coldplay‘s “Viva la Vida,” currently featured on an iTunes television commercial, annoyingly sticks in your head, try being Creaky Boards singer Andrew Hoepfner, who hears his own song everywhere. In a YouTube video, Hoepfner accuses Chris Martin and the band of lifting a song he recorded a year ago — and ironically titled “Songs I Didn’t Write.” While it seems unlikely that the relatively unknown Brooklyn band would have been on Martin’s radar, Hoepfner claims that he noticed the Apple-loving singer in the crowd as they performed last year’s CMJ Music Marathon (which a Coldplay rep denies). Uncanny coincidence, evidence that there are too few song ideas in the world, publicity stunt, or wholesale theft? You decide:

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  1. Kris
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    Hmm… other than the Creaky Boards dude aping Chris Martin, I don’t hear it. There’s one bit — maybe two or three notes — that are similar, but then they diverge. Seems like a grab at free publicity…

  2. Jason
    Posted June 18, 2008 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    Close, but no cigar. Some similarity, but I don’t get the vibe that the song was completely “lifted” by Coldplay.

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