Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins: The Song Radiohead Ripped Off on 'Creep'

The drummer says he actually wishes he wrote "The Air That I Breathe."

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Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins: The Song Radiohead Ripped Off on 'Creep'
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Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins singled out The Hollies' 1973 track "The Air That I Breathe" as one of the tracks he wishes he'd written, pointing at the similarities with Radiohead's 1992 staple tune "Creep."

He told Rolling Stone: "Albert Hammond Sr, the father of Albert Hammond Jr. of The Strokes, wrote this. I think this is one of the most fucking beautiful songs, ever.

"Radiohead got sued over it since it sounds a lot like 'Creep.' I discovered them late in life. They've got a cool drummer. This is from after Graham Nash left. It was sort of their last hurrah."

Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood are both credited as co-writers of "Creep," since the song utilizes the same chord progression as "The Air That I Breathe" during the verse, as well as a melody from The Hollies track in the bridge section after the second chorus.

You can listen to the both tracks below.

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    tomwebbsayshi
    Misinforming title, all he said was 'Radiohead got sued over it since it sounds a lot like 'Creep.' 
    hak_hap
    The awkward moment when you realize Taylor totally forgot that the Foo Fighters ripped of "Sulk" by Radiohead when they made "In Your Honor"...
    murray_lindsay
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    murray_lindsay · Mar 20, 2017 10:44 AM
    hak_hap
    the power chords in in your honor are octave ones, so the same note twice (one higher logically). and those notes are the same as the notes in sulk, progression wise. that's why I said it. you could play in your honor and sing sulk on top of it. it is the same amount of similarity as in the two songs mentioned by Taylor in this article. even with the choruses not being alike.
    luke.g.henderso
    Did the section "Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood are both credited as co-writers of "Creep," since the song utilizes the same chord progression as "The Air That I Breathe" during the verse, as well as a melody from The Hollies track in the bridge section after the second chorus." get put in later? Or did people just not read it?
    leonkennedy74
    This isn't news. Radiohead co-credited Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood for the song.  Easily found on wikipedia: "Due to similarities to "[url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Air_That_I_Br..."]The Air That I Breathe[/url]", a song recorded by [url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hollies"]the Hollies [/url]in 1973, [url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Hammond"]Albert Hammond [/url]and [url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hazlewood"]Mike Hazlewood[/url] are credited as co-writers of "Creep".[url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creep_(Radiohead_song)#cite_note-11"][11][/url][url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creep_(Radiohead_song)#cite_note-12"][12] [/url]"Creep" uses a chord progression used in "The Air That I Breathe" in its verse and a melody from "The Air That I Breathe" in the bridge following the second chorus.[url="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creep_(Radiohead_song)#cite_note-13"][13]"[/url]
    TheHydra
    That headline fucking sucks. You're putting words in the guy's mouth and making it sound he's criticizing Radiohead. 
    marko767
    Holy shit I actually know this song haha Start might sound like it, but afterwards they're two completely different songs, but both great!
    tomaxandxamot
    Radiohead blow - Rich Ivory Tower white guys screaming for the poor and politics (not even in their own country) #garbage
    JorshWarsh
    Taylor so desperately wishes someone would respect his opinion on anything.
    negativefx
    "Radiohead got sued over it since it sounds a lot like 'Creep.'"   What is opinion in this statement?  Do you understand the difference between fact and opinion?
    PRSguitars87
    Not sure why he felt the need to bash radiohead, but ok. Could of done without that. You play for the foo fighters man, youve never made a single song that wasnt totally unoriginal
    macatom
    Nowhere does he "bash" Radiohead.   PS - Not sure why you felt the need to bash Foo Fighters... see how this works?
    Andytheman87
    Probably the same reason you just bashed his comment. See how THAT works? 
    macatom
    Probably the same bash you just bashed his bash.  See how BASH works?
    Andytheman87
    The first song sounded like a neil diamond song first of all. Just because the guitar used the same two chords, come on. It's sad that that shit band tried to sue for that. Losers. 
    john.moreno.la
    I worked at Rondor Music Int'l in the late 90's processing royalties payments.  Rondor had the publishing rights to "The Air That I Breathe." Many times I processed payments to the writers of that song from Radiohead so the writers were getting paid.  Whether that was due to a lawsuit I don't know.  I can only confirm that Radiohead paid for the rights to use part of that melody for their song.