When reading up on the SftD #4 Top Sample of the '00s, "Bitter Sweet Symphony", I came across "Copyright and Music: A History Told in MP3's" on the the Illegal Art website. A nice summary of the major legal cases involving sampling, musical imitation, etc.
The article includes two cases involving Elastica. The Wire case I knew, the Stranglers one I didn't, although the influence is hardly hidden.
The article doesn't mention this one specifically, but the similarities between these two songs has been much discussed as well.