Anyone Can Play Guitar (3:37)

Cover of Pablo Honey

From Pablo Honey and 40 other releases

“Anyone Can Play Guitar” was a single taken from Radiohead’s first album Pablo Honey, released just in advance of the album. It was the band’s second single, and their first to receive a wide hearing (“Creep” had been issued in limited quantities some months earlier, and had failed to chart, but would soon become a hit and ultimately be re-released later in 1993). “Anyone Can Play Guitar” made relatively little impression on the charts, but it remained a staple of the band’s live sets throughout the early-mid nineties.

Thom Yorke has said that the song is about the mysticism that guitarists seek to perpetuate around their instrument, rather than it being about practice, a talent that anyone can gain with some application.

He has also said that he has a pathological disrespect for Jim Morrison. He has said that he feels it affects people in rock, “in that they believe that they think they have to act like fuckng prats in order to live up to the legend”

He has also been quoted as saying:

“Jim Morrison’s a fat talentless bastard - and he’s dead.”


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Destiny, destiny protect me from the world
Destiny, hold my hand, protect me from the world
Here we are with our running and confusion
And I don't see no confusion anywhere

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  • beatricesdante

    woke this morning with a strange feeling and this tune ringing in my head. I think I can predict the future... O_o

    11 May 7:33am Reply
  • juninhohyuuga

    Grow my hair, grow my hair, I AM JIM MORRISON

    17 Apr 11:05am Reply
  • nicorebel

    fab (2)

    12 Mar 1:02pm Reply
  • Godfazou

    Well, Radiohead is my favorite band but this is a rip-off of Nirvana.

    6 Mar 11:52pm Reply
  • mikeyunicorns

    I wanna be in a band when I get to heaven, anyone can play guitar and they won't be a nothing anymore.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • kamroll7

    No, not everyone can play guitar. Believe me I tried. :( [9]

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Zaqq_the

    "No, not everyone can play guitar. Believe me I tried." You didn't try well enough then.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    No, not everyone can play guitar. Believe me I tried. :( [7]

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • nicorebel


    27 Feb 2013 Reply
  • oiGlush

    No, not everyone can play guitar. Believe me I tried. :( [6]

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
  • ProgPro96

    No, not everyone can play guitar. Believe me I tried. :( [5]

    26 Jan 2013 Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    best radiohead song?

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Grouchode

    The chorus ruins it.

    3 Oct 2012 Reply
  • lordaardvark2

    Rad bassline! Not so into the chorus; too 90s for me.Wish they kept the groove goin!

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    If the world does turn and if the Twin Cities burns I'll be standing on the beach with my guitar. I wanna be in Darkfold when I get to heaven.

    28 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Niurus

    being nothing is scary

    4 Jun 2012 Reply
  • BonnieMgc

    No, not everyone can play guitar..Believe me I tried.. :( [4]

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • minerfffa


    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • viathin12

    I have to say that I love the entire pablo honey cd which this song originated on. to me their is not one bad song on the whole cd

    19 Feb 2012 Reply
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