This weekend, it was alleged that the ‘Born To Die’ singer was accused of copying elements of their 1993 hit ‘Creep’ on her ‘Lust For Life’ album track ‘Get Free’. It’s the final song on the number one record, which also includes the single ‘Love’.
According to The Sun, “both teams are trying to thrash it out behind the scenes to prevent it going to court.”
The source added: “It’s understood that Radiohead’s team are hoping for the band to either receive compensation or be credited on the list of songwriters to receive royalties.”
I say, go to court.
The songs, while similar, are certainly not identical. Radiohead's Creep is based on the formula that the Pixies used--soft, then loud, with crunchy guitars and dark subject matter. And, since it came out on 1993, you could even lay it at the feet of grunge.
Lana Del Rey's track uses a very similar chord progression, but, to me, this is not a rip-off by any stretch of the imagination. What throws people is the pace of the song. Suffice it to say, without the distorted, slashing guitar break before the chorus, no one would remember Creep at all. Lana Del Rey didn't copy the most identifiable aspect of Radiohead's song.
This has to be something the lawyers cooked up. Why would anyone in Radiohead need to go after Del Rey's money? This is crazy. She should have never offered them a penny and she should have forced them to sue her in open court. I hope their suit crashes and I hope she wins.
Well, is there a lawsuit or not? Is there a dispute or not? If Lana Del Rey says that she's being sued, why would anyone doubt that? Apparently, she isn't being sued. She's being shaken down, or that's what it looks like to me.
Who the hell knows? This article does not shed any light on the matter, other than pointing out Radiohead did, in fact, steal Creep from the Hollies.