EMI Pulls YouTube Videos that compare Coldplay with Joe Satriani

Looks like there is some more development to the Satriani vs Coldplay. EMI, the record label for Coldplay, has contacted YouTube to remove any of the videos comparing Satriani and Coldplay’s songs. This is an interesting move, because the other Coldplay songs that are online that do not compare songs are still available on YouTube. Looks like EMI is playing damage control.

Viva La Litigation. Satriani sues Coldplay over riff

Back on Oct 31, I wrote up a post when I found some videos that show a comparison between ColdPlay’s “Viva La Vida”, and Creakyboard’s “The Songs I didn’t Write”. I also included another set of videos that has a comparison of Joe Satriani’s “If I Could Fly”, a nicely done instrumental song, and ColdPlay’s song. Here’s the kicker, Satriani is now suing ColdPlay over the riff used.

For those who missed out on the first posting of this, here is the video again:

Comparison of “Viva La Vida” and “If I Could Fly”

If you listen to it, you can definitely hear the similarities, to the point that makes you say “hey, that’s the same”.

This reminds me of the time when Vanilla Ice took a riff from Queen and said “oh it’s not the same, there’s goes like this *insert_Queen’s_under_pressure* and mine’s goes like this *insert_Ice_Ice_Baby*. The difference, one beat. Yep, one beat, and Vanilla Ice lost. Yep, he lost. The first in a series, but I’m getting off topic now.

Now I wonder if Creaky Boards will follow suit with a law suit because of their song, the structure is nearly identical in many ways.

I wonder what the name of the case will be between Satriani and ColdPlay, “The Riffs I Didn’t Write”?

Barry Manilow Rick-Rolling America! Wait, what?

Barry Manilow, you know, singer and song writer extraordinaire, is releasing a new album on November 24th called “Greatest Songs of the Eighties”. Yep, he is… Why? I don’t know… so, umm… yeah.

Here is the track list for the new album:

  • “Islands in the Stream” duet with Reba McEntire 
  • “Open Arms” 
  • “Never Gonna Give You Up” 
  • “Have I Told You Lately” 
  • “I Just Called to Say I Love You” 
  • “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)” 
  • “Careless Whisper” 
  • “Right Here Waiting” 
  • “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” 
  • “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” 
  • “Time After Time” 
  • “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”
So how did I come across this gem of information? Well, I usually get useless knowledge through out the day, and I saw a video link on epicfu.com that said “the new rick roll?”. “A new Rick Roll?” I thought, “interesting”, then I saw the description “Barry Manilow does Never Gonna Give You Up.” I clicked on it and Mani-rolled myself. Take a look, it’s pretty funny. Note the heavy use of makeup on Barry.


(SNL) Saturday Night Live: What happened last night?

I watched SNL last night, hosted by Paul Rudd, with Beyonce performing, and I found the show to just not be funny for most of the show. What happened? The first three skits were just crass, and were more uncomfortable and tasteless than funny. It felt like they were going in a comedic direction of some of the newer comedies and it failed.

Beyonce’s first performance was really good, and I probably would have enjoyed it more, but I was still numb from the skits.

The only thing that was funny was Justin Timberlake on weekend update. Now, I really like the Weekend Update segment. It is pretty much the only segment on SNL that packs so many laughs into a short period of time. Seth Meyer’s performance last night felt blah. The redoing of the joke of guy robbing a store with no arms was just below their usual quality. The fourth run of the joke “he was unarmed”, was delivered at a time of “yeah thanks, but the joke was over by the second version of it.”.

Seriously, was Lorne Michael’s sleeping, on vacation, locked up in his office? What happened. My girlfriend asked me the turn off the TV after she had enough, and you know what, I agreed. I hope next week will be better. I hope they can do some better stuff now that the elections are over.

My Election Experience Update

It’s Monday and the election is tomorrow. I still need to review all the amendments on the ballot and the candidates for the other races. I’m finding that getting information on amendments is a little tricky and requires some more digging.

I wanted to note that in terms of McCain and Obama representatives that solicit for your vote, I’ve gotten the following results:


  • 1 person who has come up to me personally asking for my support of Obama. This was an Obama volunteer.
  • 1 door hanger left on my door.
  • 4 phone calls for Obama, one from George Lopez.
  • No emails.


  • No one has come to my house. No one has called. No emails about it.

Palin for 2012:

  • No one has come to my house. No one has called. No emails about it. She may be waiting for after Tuesday to start.

FYI, I registered independent. I did the true maverick move. Here’s why. I’m not too crazy about either party, but I tend to lean more towards the Democratic side. I tend to find Republicans cater more towards corporate greed and Democratics don’t have enough of a push to get things done at times. I prefer the avenue of “the best person for the job, no party bias”.

Getting this many Obama responses from the campaign, especially for my neighbor is not all that surprising. I live in a highly populated minority area, that’s low to middle class. The more surprising part is that lack of McCain representation. I’m not seeing it… at all.

Did ColdPlay rip off other artists to make “Viva La Vida”

I came across this article at Jamsbio about how Viva La Vida looks like they ripped their song from Creaky Boards song “The songs I didn’t write”.

They are similar in so many ways.

  • The structure of the signing
  • The choice of instruments
  • The melodies.

Here’s the kicker, the Creaky Boards song was released the year before.
Comparison of “Viva La Vida” and “The Songs I Didn’t Write”

Now I found some videos on youtube that show the similarities between the two songs, but then I stumbled on some more videos where the riff sounds like someone else’s song. Omgosh! Joe Satriani wrote a song called “If I could fly”

Comparison of “Viva La Vida” and “If I Could Fly”

No matter what, I love “Viva La Vida”, and I’m really digging the other songs too. I say, mash them all up!!! I dare someone to do it. Cmon, somebody. If you don’t I will =)

Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling…. WHAT???

You know when you channel surf looking for something different and come across something with a weird or different title? Well that has happened to me tonight. Hulk Hogan’s Celebrity Championship Wrestling

Hulk Hogan has taken 10 celebrities, that include Frank Stallone (Sly’s brother), Dennis Rodman, Danny Bonaduce, Butterbean, Tiffany (the singer from the 80s), Screech, Tabitha from the original Bewitched and others, and will teach them to wrestle. Assisting Hogan will be Jimmy Hart “The Mouth of the South”, Erik Bishoff, Brutus Beefcake and Brian Knobs.

Man, this is like one of those sick dreams that you get from watching too much tv and think “well what about this for a tv show”, then you quickly dismiss it because it’s bad, then it happens. Just plain craziness.

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