Coldplay are no strangers to accusations of plagiarism. First off there was the Creaky Boards case, and, more recently, Joe Satriani claiming "Viva La Vida" is a rip-off of one of his tunes. Today, Chris Martin has acknowledged there may be some truth in the "rip-off merchants" label that Coldplay are being tagged with.
Talking to BBC radio, Martin admitted to imitating another musician's style; unsurprisingly the name he mentioned wasn't Satriani, much less Creaky Boards. Martin explained that "Shiver," the group's first UK Top 40 single was a rip-off of Jeff Buckley. "It's a blatant Jeff Buckley attempt," he confessed. "Not quite as good, that's what I think. We were 21 and he was very much a hero, and as with those things it tends to filter through."
Now that he's set the ball rolling he may as well admit to copying Radiohead and U2 while he's at it. [NME]