Annette Brown, Lifetime The story of June Carter Cash comes to life in the…
- Posted on Sep 25th 2009 2:15PM by Jamie Murnane
This time, the problem is over a music video. Singer-songwriter Andy Gallagher claims the video for Coldplay's 'Strawberry Swing' has "striking similarities" to the video for his 'Something Else.' Before Satriani, indie band Creaky Boards said Chris Martin took notes at one of their shows and copied their track 'The Songs I Didn't Write.' After Satriani's claim, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) said 'Vida La Vida' "borrowed" from his song 'Foreigner Suite.'
Pretty soon, no one will trust these guys, but at least this case only has to do with the visual interpretation, something the band isn't exactly responsible for anyway. The big similarity in this case is that both Coldplay and Andy Gallagher's videos have people interacting with animated chalk-boards. While that may not exactly be a common, natural feature to include in a music video, Gallagher told the Guardian he realizes Coldplay probably never even saw his video and "I can't say they copied me."
Which is true, since production company Shynola is behind the 'Strawberry Swing' video. Apparently, Coldplay's reps, in a response to Gallagher, didn't deny the similarities but simply said the band wasn't responsible.
"I think it's unfair that 'Strawberry Swing' will probably be nominated for numerous awards and is being universally acclaimed as groundbreaking, when ['Something Else' director] Owen Trevor had virtually the same idea at least a year before," Gallagher said.
Virtually, minus the big-budget special effects and superheroes. Check out the videos below and judge Gallagher's claims for yourself.