[Q]ueen of ethereal dream pop and 50s Hollywood throwbacks Lana Del Rey has been welcomed into 2018 with a potential lawsuit from Radiohead. To a very discerning Radiohead ear, Lana’s “Get Free” sounds a lot like their 1992 breakthrough hit “Creep”, covered here by Jim Carrey.
At present the song is credited to Lana, Rick Nowels and Kieron Menzies, but those credits may soon be altered to include the likes of Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke if the Oxfordshire band do press ahead with legs action.
Responding to rumours of a lawsuit, Lana wrote the following: “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 [rights and royalties] – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100.”
Strangely enough, “Creep” was already the subject of a very similar lawsuit. Soon after the song’s relate, Radiohead were sued by songwriters Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood who claimed that “Creep” was influenced by their 1974 track, “The Air That I Breathe”. They won, and have since been added to the song’s credits, and presumably awarded a portion of the royalties.
Listen to “Get Free” and “Creep” below. We’re with Lana on this one.