Ah ‘Creep’, it’s the first song you played in Year 8 Music to prove to your teacher you probably had a higher perception of the world than most of your ‘Good Riddance’ crooning counterparts. It’s a basic track so embedded within the alternative music psyche, it’s easy to forget that it was actually written by Radiohead who went on to produce some of rock’s most boundary-pushing, experimental material to date.
Haze-pop icon, Lana Del Rey has taken to Twitter to detail that Radiohead have filed a lawsuit against her for similarities between her 2017 Lust For Life track ‘Get Free’ and their 1992 smash, ‘Creep’.
It’s true about the lawsuit. 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.
— Lana Del Rey (@LanaDelRey) January 7, 2018
Listen to the two tracks below:
In Lana’s Twitter post she claims the song ‘wasn’t inspired by ‘Creep” and has previously offered. Do Radiohead, one of the most successful alternative acts of all time really need to own the publishing rights of a Lana Del Rey album track?
‘Get Free’ does use similar ascending chord progression to ‘Creep’ in the verse and does slightly mirror its drowsy, melancholic tone, however, this idea has been long present in Lana Del Rey’s sound, not exclusively present in this track.
Kieron Menzies and Rick Nowels are credited as songwriters for ‘Get Free’, who have both worked with Lana since 2012. Fans have stormed Twitter to show their support for Lana, however, some may have missed the mark when it comes to acknowledging Radiohead’s significance.
It doesn’t even sound the same 😩
— kristen (@ThatonekidBerry) January 7, 2018
Lmao Imagine thinking Radiohead is better then Lana I can't relate pic.twitter.com/9zVIgZXKHl
— David.J (@davidthats) January 7, 2018
One fan was also quick to pick up on the fact that ‘Creep’ also uses a chord progression used in the 1972 track ‘The Air That I Breathe’ by the Hollies. Moral of the story – don’t mess with artists with Millenial fanbases, they will find you out.
— Lady Gaga (@techhausinc) January 7, 2018