Creep (3:55)

Cover of Pablo Honey

From Pablo Honey and 143 other releases

“Creep” is the first single released by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, and is a track on their debut album Pablo Honey (1993). It was written by the band’s singer, Thom Yorke, and released in the United Kingdom initially in September 1992. When it was first given limited release, however, Radio 1 found it “too depressing”, and removed it from their playlist after airing it only twice. However, it subsequently became one of the band’s biggest hits, and became their only Top 40 hit in the United States until 2008’s “Nude”, despite the success of their future albums in the country. The song re-entered the UK chart at number 37 on 8 June 2008, as a result of downloads, following the release of Radiohead’s The Best Of album earlier that month.

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First should be stated that Creep itself may be considered as a cover song, based on a famous song by sixties band The Hollies. The name of the song was The Air That I Breathe and was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood.

In April 2008, Prince covered ‘Creep’ at Coachella. This version was captured on a video from a concert-goer’s cell phone, and promptly uploaded to Youtube. However, it was quickly taken down at Prince’s request. After finding out about the blocking, Thom Yorke was quoted as saying, “Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our song.”

band Weezer covered “Creep” during their 2008 Hootenanny Tour with bassist Scott Shriner on lead vocals. Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo stated that the song was picked to cover because “it’s incredible what they do with four chords, over and over.”

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