Cat Stevens has said that he believes that Coldplay‘s hit ‘Viva La Vida’ is a take-off of his own song, ‘Foreigner Suite’.
Coldplay recently denied accusations by guitarist Joe Satriani, who claims that the band ripped him off for the song – but Stevens has since told The Sun that it’s he who the band had been taking inspiration from.
“There’s been this argument about Coldplay stealing this melody from Joe Satriani,” he said. “But, if you listen to it, it’s mine! It’s the [1973 song] ‘Foreigner Suite’, it is!”
Stevens did not suggest that he would take legal action against the band.
In 2003 The Flaming Lips agreed to split royalties for their song ‘Fight Test’ with Stevens after it was deemed to be similar to his 1970 hit ‘Father And Son’.