Lana Del Rey says Radiohead suing her for copying “Creep”

OK, this seems really clearcut to me, but judge for yourself.

My take: The chord structure seems identical, the production not so much. But there’s this one moment that really makes the case for me.

  • In the Radiohead video, jump to about 39 seconds in and listen to the phrase, “float like a feather”, with that bit of vocalization at the end of the word “feather”.

  • Now, in the Lana Del Rey video, jump to about 50 seconds in and listen to the phrase “my modern manifesto”. To me, I hear the same vocalization at the end of the word “manifesto”.

As I said, judge for yourself. But hard for me to believe Creep wasn’t an influence here.

UPDATE: And then there’s this from BBC News (H/T @timbo_baggins), Radiohead deny suing Lana Del Rey:

Radiohead’s publisher, Warner/Chappell, has since issued a statement clarifying its position. “It’s true that we’ve been in discussions since August of last year with Lana Del Rey’s representatives,” it said.

“It’s clear that the verses of Get Free use musical elements found in the verses of Creep and we’ve requested that this be acknowledged in favour of all writers of Creep.

“To set the record straight, no lawsuit has been issued and Radiohead have not said they ‘will only accept 100%’ of the publishing of Get Free.”

  • Jamie DeGrazio

    Radiohead copied The Hollies “The Air that I Breath” Also everything is a remix. Nothing is created in a vacuum.

    • Dave Mark

      Compare Creep to The Air That I Breathe. I get that there’s a similarity, but in my mind, Get Free is so much closer to Creep.

      And agreed on the vacuum comment. Hollies publishers came after Creep, got co-writing credit, royalty split.

      — Dave

    • JimCracky

      The universe was created in a vacuum

      • Geek Life 3.0

        Depends on your take on radiation as matter and if there can even be a vacuum with no boundaries to define it. Also, the universe was created INSIDE the singularity, which was far from a vacuum.

        Wiggle room, bud 🙂

  • Lana Del Rey lying about the suit is so much more interesting than the original negotiations.

    • JimCracky

      So much ennui from a spoiled rich girl.

  • Caleb Hightower

    Once again, clueless Millennial rips off another artist, repackages it a tiny bit and passes it off as their brilliant ‘brain fart’.

    Pay up LDR.

    LDR’s label is also complicit here and should pay penalties.

  • Ben

    this is how you cover Creep:

  • Geek Life 3.0

    Try 46 seconds in on Get Free and 50 seconds in on Creep. No contest. But ALSO props to the boys here for fretting out actual facts regarding lawsuit / no lawsuit. BIG PROPS.