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

Cat Stevens - "Father & Son" (1970)

Flaming Lips - "Fight Test" (2003)

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14 Replies to “The Flaming Lips vs. Cat Stevens”

      1. Mark Adams

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

        1. Mark Adams

          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.

        2. Mark Adams

          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).

        3. Mark Adams

          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.

        4. Mark Adams

          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).

        5. Mark Adams

          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).

        6. Mark Adams

          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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