Can You Really Blame Radiohead For Suing Lana Del Rey?

Everyone loves a good infringement lawsuit about chord progressions, right?!  Of course you do!

The latest in this unique area of copyright law is coming from Radiohead who say Lana Del Rey’s song “Get Free” lifts heavily from their hit “Creep.”

In case you’ve been living under a rock for a couple of decades, here’s “Creep”…

Radiohead - Creep

Music video by Radiohead performing Creep. Taken from the album 'Pablo Honey'

…and now here’s “Get Free.”

Lana Del Rey - Get Free (Official Audio)

Official Audio for "Get Free" by Lana Del Rey

There’s no doubt there are some similarities!

Radiohead has yet to comment about the suit, but Del Rey took to Twitter about the suit.

Lana Del Rey on Twitter

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.

Of course, Radiohead wouldn’t be the only ones to benefit from winning this lawsuit.  Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood received songwriting credits on “Creep” after they sued the band for lifting the chord progression from The Hollies“The Air That I Breathe.”

So, it’s a lawsuit about a song that allegedly ripped off another song that ripped off another song.  Yeah…this should be a fun one to follow!

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.