coldplay's odd inspiration for 'every tear is a waterfall'

Ready or not, Coldplay are back with another radio-ready, soon-to-be-omnipresent single. “Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall” is out digitally most everywhere today, and will be released in the UK this Sunday.

From the band’s ongoing sessions with producer Brian Eno, the track features a slick keyboard buildup, some trademark Chris Martin couplets (maybe I’m in the black, maybe I’m on my knees / maybe I’m in the gap between the two trapezes), and plenty of Edge-esque guitars:

Now maybe that melody sounds somewhat familiar. Perhaps to get out in front of any potential litigation, Coldplay have confirmed to NME that “Every Tear Is A Waterfall” has more than a little bit in common with Australian singer Peter Allen’s 1976 hit “I Go To Rio”:

I take several things away from that video. Yes, that is same melody. Peter Allen was terrible at lip syncing. And he had his shirt tied up like a chick.

Oh, and 1:24 to 1:31 make me very uncomfortable.

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2 thoughts on “coldplay's odd inspiration for 'every tear is a waterfall'

  1. Anonymous

    both are embarrassingly bad. not even petty theft or the king bucks would cover that crap

  2. Kenn

    People stealing all around…the dance Peter does in the middle surely was Martin Short's inspiration for Ed Grimley.Coldplay (sighs) tsk tsk tsk. They should just Van Halen out and straight up cover the songs they are biting.

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