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Flaming Lips Avoid Cat Fight

Band will share royalties with Seventies songwriter

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.”

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne acknowledged the likeness
between the two songs in an interview last year before the song’s
release. “I know [“Father and Son”] and when I came up with ‘Fight
Test,’ I knew there would a little bit of comparison to that,”
Coyne told Rolling Stone. “Parts of it are radically
different than what I intended in the beginning, which I thought
sounded a lot like the Cat Stevens song, but I didn’t give it that
much thought. We did the song quite quickly once we came up with
the arrangement. It?s not a reference necessarily to the ideas of
[?Father and Son?], but, yeah, definitely a reference to the
cadence, the melody, and stuff like that. I think it’s such a great
arrangement of chords and melody that you just hope to express
something, even though it’s in a similar vein.”

Flaming Lips management declined comment on the settlement.

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