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.