January 5, 2009

Earworm

It might have been irrational, but I was hoping that the arrival of the new year would mean that every radio station in Los Angeles would see fit to rethink the gargantuan amount of airplay they're giving Coldplay's Viva la Vida. I was thinking somewhat less than once every 16 minutes would have been great, but so far, no such luck. (If you're somewhere other than L.A., is it this bad in your town?)

Which reminds me: When the song first came out last year, a group-you've-never-heard-of called the Creaky Boards made a big stink about Viva sounding very similar to one of their songs. At the time, it seemed like they had a point, although I think my brain has been chemically altered by hearing the Coldplay version six times a day for the last year, so I have no idea if they've got a case.

Then, while searching for that Creaky Boards video, I discovered that quasi-cult-hero-guitarist Joe Satriani waited until December to decide that Viva also sounds eerily similar to an instrumental he wrote in 2004. Again, I can't tell because my mind has been Coldplayed into submission.

If there's one thing you can learn from all of this, it's that the dude from Creaky Boards has an insane mustache.

4 comments:

bugs said...

so stop listening to the radio and start listening to the cool cds you bought in your previous blog, genius.
stop your whining.

Your escalator operator said...

I could, but then you'd have almost no reason to go online.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

I love Coldplay, so it saddens me that they're always being accused of stealing their songs.

That said, I heard a mix of the Joe Satriani song and the Coldplay song and they're pretty much the same.

JBhumitra said...

ugh i thought i was the only one who was overwhelmed by the viva la vida onslaught. ive been sick of the song since the week after the album was released. but i cant get it out of my head!