Thursday, June 09, 2011

Gordon in the morning: Every rip-off is a waterfall

Pop quiz, hotshots: What could this headline possibly mean?:

Coldplay and Simon Cowell at hit again
Anyone? No?

The story is actually an interesting one - Coldplay are being forced to hand over cash to Peter Allen and Adrienne Anderson, having "borrowed" the songwriter's riff from I Go To Rio and passed it off as their comeback Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall; Simon Cowell was forced to share a credit with the same pair after ripping off the song for Ritmo De La Noche by Mystic back in 1994.

That's interesting. But in what way does it make Coldplay and Cowell "at it" again? Coldplay have never touched I Go To Rio before, Cowell is not touching it now. It's a case where the headline hides the real story - that not only Coldplay can't be arsed to write their own melodies, but they're borrowing the same ones Cowell did.