The Top 10 Rip-Offs In Music History

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Did The Flaming Lips Rip-Off Cat Stevens?

6. The Accused: Flaming Lips, “Fight Test”

The Original: Cat Stevens, “Father And Son”

The Case: On the surface, it wouldn’t appear that these two songs have much in common. After all, one is chock full of advice that a father is giving to his son, and the other comes from an album about a young Japanese girl battling an army of pink robots. However, immediately after listening to these two tracks, the sonic similarities between the two jump out at you faster than you can say “YOSHIMI!” The two acts settled the matter fairly amicably, with Stevens getting 75% of the song’s royalties, but Lips frontman Wayne Coyne got the last word in. “I am really sorry that Cat Stevens thinks I’m purposefully plagiarising his work,” he said in an interview. “I am ashamed. There is obviously a fine line between being inspired and stealing. But if anyone wanted to borrow part of a Flaming Lips song, I don’t think I’d bother pursuing it. I’ve got better things to do. Anyway, Cat Stevens is never going to make much money out of us.”

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