The Flaming Lips vs. Cat Stevens

The Flaming Lips will split royalties for the song “Fight Test” with Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) according to the terms of an agreement between the two artists’ publishing companies. The settlement stems from the similarity between the Lips’ new single and Stevens’ 1970 song “Father and Son.”
Excerpt from Flaming Lips Avoid Cat Fight on RollingStone.com

Cat Stevens - "Father & Son" (1970)

Flaming Lips - "Fight Test" (2003)

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14 thoughts on “The Flaming Lips vs. Cat Stevens

  1. avatarvaguelyhumanoid

    Look up “Wait Until I Get My Hands On You” by the Paper Chase. It’s also similar.

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    Keith Reply:

    Excellent!

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    If you add the ones I found, that makes 11 songs with similar melodies. This is set to become another Catrianiplay.

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    Keith Reply:

    Which other ones are you talking about? I’m trying to keep up with all of your posts!!

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Pachelbel’s Canon (1694), The Donkey Serenade (1936), Announcement from Preservation, Act 2 by The Kinks (1974), Les Poissons from Disney’s The Little Mermaid (1989), written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Basketcase (1994), We’re Forgiven by The Calling (2001), the theme song from The Elephant Princess, X-Kid (2012) and She Looks So Perfect by 5 Seconds of Summer (2014), because I just found another one. I’ll have to find something else to do with my time.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIzCa8xRn1I#t=38s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyHNlfT6B9E#t=35s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdMPuMeTxzY#t=16s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-YmULa_QIw#t=49s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJgNIkFudMk#t=14s
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2BYmmTI04I#t=26s

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Two Completely Different Things by Jamiroquai (2010) sounds like Random Acts of Kindness by Robbie Williams (2005), Pachelbel’s Canon, etc. While I’m discussing Robbie Williams, Life Thru a Lens (1997) sounds a little like Australia by The Manic Street Preachers, etc, Phoenix from the Flames (1998) sounds kind of like Vienna by Billy Joel and Oh Love by Green Day (2012) sounds like Make Me Pure (2005), which in turn sounds a little like Hey Jude (1970).

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    But Make Me Pure by Robbie Williams (2005) sounds more like Firehouse by Kiss (1974) and the lyrics of Firehouse remind me of Betty Davis Eyes. Oh Love also seems to have the riff from Larger than Life by Kiss.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Some more similarities concerning Kiss songs include: the riff from Every Time I Look at You sounds like the Rod Stewart version of The First Cut is the Deepest, written by Cat Stevens (1967), Read My Body (Oct 1989) sounds like Pour Some Sugar on Me (Aug 1989), Forever (1989) sounds like Never by Heart (1985) and Feel Good Inc. By The Gorillas (2005) sounds like Staring at the Sun (1998), which sounds like Call Me by Blondie (1980), which in turn sounds like I Was Made for Loving You (1979).
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SUi_Dtcg0C4
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5NRH_DxWJE

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    Touch Me by Willie Nelson and Volare also sound like Pachelbel’s Canon, The Donkey Serenade, Father and Son, Basketcase, X-Kid, etc. For more Green Day similarities, the riff from All By Myself (1994), which is kind of hidden in F.O.D., sounds like Daydream Believer by The Monkees. The melody of Blood, Sex and Booze (2000) also sounds like Everybody’s Talkin’ and Brutal Love (2012) also sounds like Sorry, Willie by Roger Miller (1982).

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    The Heys from She Looks So Perfect sounds like Don’t Ask Me Why by Billy Joel and sorry, Staring at the Sun was released in ’97.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And If It’s Love by Train (2009).
    http://www.vevo.com/watch/train/If-Its-Love/USSM21000538#t=1m22s
    Be sure to check my comments on Santigold vs The Bangles vs Frida, Pitbull vs Aerosmith and 5 Seconds of Summer vs Plain White T’s vs Derek and the Dominos.

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    While I’m on the subject, Train’s new song Angel in Blue Jeans sounds kind of like Legendary Lovers by Katy Perry (2013).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6BYmhRVJQI#t=33s
    http://www.vevo.com/watch/train/angel-in-blue-jeans-starring-danny-trejo–hannah-simone/USSM21401023

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    Mark Adams Reply:

    And Nan’s Song by Robbie Williams (2002).
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDGyYTkE7Kc

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