The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens might sue Coldplay

Yusuf Islam (a.k.a. Cat Stevens) says that Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” sounds an awful lot like one of his songs, “Foreigner Suite.” So much so that he might actually sue the band.

“The song definitely sounds like it,” he said of his song. “It has such logical chords and the melody has to be what it is…”

Asked during a telephone interview from London whether he would pursue the issue legally, Islam, 60, said “it depends on how well Satriani does.”

U.S. guitarist Joe Satriani has sued Coldplay, accusing the British band of copyright infringement. He claims substantial original portions of his song “If I Could Fly” are recycled in “Viva La Vida” and is seeking damages.

I’m not familiar with the song that Islam is referring to. Does anyone think he has a point, or is he reaching at straws?