The Coldplay to Radiohead Connection: A Video Investigation

June 17, 2008 2:35 PM ET

At last night's free Coldplay show in London, frontman Chris Martin joked that his band's song "God Put a Smile on Your Face" sounded an awful lot like Radiohead's "2 + 2 = 5." "Sorry, we shouldn't be talking about plagirism," he joked. "Ignore that!"

In fact, Coldplay have been chased by people accusing them of lifting liberally from Radiohead, something that Martin owns up to in the current issue of Rolling Stone. "Sometimes I feel like they cleared a path with a machete, and we came afterward and put up a strip mall," he says. "I would still give my left ball to write anything as good as OK Computer."

The line can certainly be drawn to a handful of their songs (especially from their first two albums), but can the same thing be said of their videos? Click below for Rock Daily's investigation into Coldplay's complete video library and just how much they've been influence by Radiohead's visual output.

The Complete Coldplay Video Guide

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