Fans of singer/songwriter Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam) would likely have no trouble pointing out that The Flaming Lips' "Fight Test" sounds strikingly similar to Stevens' "Father And Son," but when BBC Radio 2's Janice Long played the two songs back to back, it became quite clear to just about everyone who was listening. As a result, Stevens' Sony/ATV Music Publishing and the Lips' EMI Music Publishing entered into discussions on how to resolve the problem. After some deliberation, the two parties reached an agreement. According to NME, royalties from the sale of "Fight Test" will now be divided between both parties.
Lips frontman Wayne Coyne commented recently about the similarities. He said, "It actually sounds like a Cat Stevens song called 'Father and Son.' Some guys, like Boyzone, or a Boyzone band, had a hit with that [in the UK]. That song was not really a hit in America. I didn't really know the [original] song as well, but I do see now that it definitely has got some resemblance with the Cat Stevens' song. It feels like a sort of re-edition of the sort of story-telling that he did."