Creep … the song that just keeps giving … and taking.
First it was Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood striding up the steps of the Courts, now it’s Radiohead.
American music artist Lana del Rey has confirmed via Twitter that British alt-rock band Radiohead are suing for publishing rights to her Lust for Life track Get Free. The band claim del Rey and her co-writers plagiarised their 1992 single Creep.
Radiohead, who were themselves successfully sued for plagiarism by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, writers of the song The Air that I Breathe a cover of which was a hit for The Hollies, are seeking 100% of the publishing rights to Get Free.
The Born to Die star confirmed the law suit on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s true about the lawsuit,” she tweeted. “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”
Later that evening she spoke directly to fans at her Denver La to the Moon show about the situation;
“I just want to say that I do have a particular song that Radiohead wants 100% of my publishing for it. Actually, the only reason why I mention it is because I know some of you have been brought here by people who really are fans and you’re just sorta here.
I just want to let you know that regardless of what happens in court, the sentiment that I wrote in that particular song, which was my statement song for the record, my personal manifesto, my Lana manifesto, I just want to let you know that regardless if it gets taken down off of everything, that those sentiments that I wrote, I really am going to still strive for them, even if that song isn’t on the future releases of the record. I mention that now because that song in particular … was an important song to me.
I just wanted to let you know that for the kids and not kids and real fans who are here.”
Hammond and Hazlewood successfully sued Radiohead for copyright infringement, claiming the band copied the chord progression and melody of The Hollies 1972 hit The Air that I Breathe. Post-legal wrangling they were credited as co-writers on further releases of Pablo Honey, the album from which the single Creep was taken. Now it looks like history is once again repeating itself, with Messrs Hammond and Hazlewood set to gain from the Radiohead legal action.
Interestingly, del Rey’s song isn’t the only release in recent years to bear a remarkable resemblance to the Radiohead anthem. The question is, will the ‘Spectre’ of Creep raise its ominous head over the legal parapet once again in the not too future? Who knows? Word is, watch this space!
Listen to all three iterations of the now infamous chord progression and melody here …
THE HOLLIES –
LANA DEL REY –