Alternative rockers Radiohead long ago established themselves as one of the world’s premier bands, with a crazed and loyal following that makes tickets to their live shows a precious commodity.
It all began with “Creep.”
The song, reportedly written by singer/songwriter Thom Yorke years before it was recorded, was the band’s first single in 1992, and later made its way onto their debut album “Pablo Honey.” Initially overlooked by mainstream fans, the song’s re-release in 1993 made it an international hit. The song became so popular at Radiohead shows that Yorke and the band, whose music rapidly progressed into more groundbreaking styles, stopped performing it.
Despite the self-imposed boycott of “Creep” – which ended in part at the end of the last decade – it remains one of Radiohead’s signature songs for many of the band’s more casual fans, and continues to get significant airplay on rock stations. Like any great tune, it has also been covered a few times.
Artists like Prince, who did a live version of the song at the Coachella festival several years ago, have done covers of “Creep.” But one of my favorite and lesser-known versions was done by The Pretenders, who recorded a mellower acoustic version. I like the alternate feel of it. See what you think.
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