It was all going so predictably well. Coldplay's new album went straight to No 1 on Sunday, selling 300,000 copies in three days; concerts sold out; that iTunes ad was everywhere. Even their notoriously sniffy critics in the music press seemed, with the odd exception, unusually muted.
Then, things took a sudden turn for the worse – with a plagiarism row. Yesterday, the band was forced to issue a categorical denial of allegations that they copied the title track to their new record, Viva La Vida Or Death and All His Friends from a little-known US group, Creaky Boards.
coldplay + itunes steals viva la vida from creaky boards!
I'm no musician, so I'm unqualified to judge this.
All I can say is that I damn well like Creaky Boards's music over at their MySpace page.
The Songs I Didn't Write is damned good.
And Brooklyn starts out with this great lyric:
I moved to New York so full of life and hunger
Fell in love with its enormity
Played a lot of pianos and taught computers
Trying to afford conformity.
If you're on MySpace, go Add them. If you're not on MySpace, go listen.
That other band? I don't have any of their songs, probably don't want any, either. And that YouTube video is the first time I've heard that song of theirs. I'm not impressed.