My favorite album is probably X & Y which was released in June 2005. I remember that summer very vividly. It was unbearably hot as it is most years in the Southern US. Seven months earlier, I had become a father for the first time and decided to give up my practically brand new air-conditioned truck (our family vehicle at the time) to my wife and son so they could stay cool in the summer months. I took her '93 Honda Civic who's only working A/C was power windows and a sunroof. I was willing to make the sacrifice, but what I hadn't thought out was that it also only had a tape deck.
After Coldplay's debacle with Joe Satriani in 2008 over "Viva La Vida," I somehow discovered through the internet that a track from X & Y contained a riff from an 80s song. "Talk," which is probably my 2nd favorite track on the album, is inspired by the 1981 single "Computer Love" by the German band Kraftwerk. This was news to me and in light of the allegations of "ripping off" Satriani, I was worried this was going to be another Vanilla Ice moment for me.
Being from the US, my depth of 80s European bands are mainly limited to popular pond jumpers like Depeche Mode and Tears For Fears. With Kraftwerk's only US success being the 1975 single "Autobahn," I wasn't aware of their revolutionary electronic music until hearing this story. What I found was Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin was a fan and actually asked permission to use the riff on their new album. According to this article, Martin wrote a letter to Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk who gave consent. Martin was quoted in the article that "it's extraordinary that they said yes."