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Conan O’Brien covers Radiohead’s “Creep”

Conan O'BrienRadiohead and Conan O’Brien have always had a connection. If you didn’t know, Radiohead was the very first musical guest on Conan’s show back in 1993, which was also the band’s first TV appearance in the US. So, it’s no surprise to hear that Conan covered “Creep” during his soundcheck in Eugene, Oregon. Conan’s currently touring his comedy show, The Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour.

Here you go:

Here’s Radiohead’s performance on Conan back in 1993:

Radiohead – Creep (Conan O’Brien 1993) from Guillermo Delicia on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Actually, we should correct ourselves. Radiohead’s first televised US appearance was on the Arsenio Hall show, a few months before the Conan show. Check it:

(via TwentyFourBit)

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The post where we ask Radiohead to play “Creep” in San Francisco

Radiohead, Creep
(photo by riskybaby)

In all honesty, we’re just as tired of “Creep” as the band is, but let’s not forget that it is the song that made them famous and allowed them to go on and make the rest of their albums the way they wanted to make them.

Personally speaking, I remember my high school girlfriend listening to “Creep” in 1993 and thinking, “this is such a crap song.” It wasn’t until she dumped me that I realized how great it was, and from that point on I was hooked. In the dozen times I’ve seen the band live, they’ve only played it once and that was in 1995 opening up for R.E.M. It’s because of this that I am selfishly requesting they play it at the Outside Lands Festival on Friday, August 22nd in San Francisco.

But wait, there’s another reason why I want them to play it in SF. Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

It is widely accepted that in 1992/93, San Francisco radio station Live 105 “discovered” Radiohead and brought “Creep” to the masses in the U.S. From there, the single spread like wild fire across the country and everyone and their girlfriend was listening to them. You can read more about this here, if you’re interested.

So, what do you say, Radiohead? You owe it to us.

PS. If not “Creep”, then how about “Lift”?

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Kermit Sings “Creep”


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Radiohead to Prince: Hey, that’s OUR song


WASHINGTON (AP) — After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead’s “Creep” at Coachella, the tens of thousands who couldn’t be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied — even Radiohead.

All videos of Prince’s unique rendition of Radiohead’s early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn’t Prince’s.

In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince’s performance from a text message and thought it was “hilarious.” Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O’Brien, said the blocking had prevented him from seeing Prince’s version of their song.

“Really? He’s blocked it?” asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. “Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment.”

Yorke added: “Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our … song.”

YouTube prohibits the posting of copyrighted material. If the site receives a complaint from a copyright owner, it will in most cases remove the video(s). Whether the same could be done for a company not holding a copyright is less clear, but Yorke’s argument would seem to bear some credence according to YouTube’s policies. YouTube, which is owned by Google, declined to comment.

Minnesota-grown rock star Prince also did not respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The dispute was an interesting twist in debates over digital ownership, held between two major acts with differing views on music and the Internet. Radiohead famously released their most recent album, “In Rainbows,” as a digital download with optional pricing. They also have a channel on YouTube.

When Prince performed at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California, on April 26, he prohibited the standard arrangement of allowing photographers to shoot near the stage during the first three songs of his set. Instead, he had a camera crew filming his performance.

Prince, who founded NPG Records in 1993, has been innovative when it comes to music distribution, too. He released his 1997 album, “Crystal Ball,” on the Internet and in 2006 was awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Webbys. In 2007, he gave away copies of his disc “Planet Earth” in a British Sunday newspaper.

But the Purple One has also shut down his official Web site and in September of last year said he would sue YouTube and eBay for not filtering unauthorized content.

Prince fans have organized to urge him to relent in his legal fights to control images and photographs of himself. As of Thursday, the most popular YouTube clip about Prince playing “Creep” is an expletive-laden rant from Sam Conti Jr., who describes himself as a “former Prince fan.”
(thanks to Justin)


Damien Rice covers “Creep”

Speaking of Starbucks, the coffee chain has an exclusive CD of cover songs from KCRW’s Sounds Eclectic, called Sounds Eclectic: The Covers Project. Two Radiohead songs appear on the album, which is nice. Along with the older Flaming Lips’ cover of “Knives Out”, Damien Rice’s cover of “Creep” is featured.

If you don’t want to go to Starbucks to buy the CD, you can get it straight from KCRW.

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Radiohead today announced that as a bonus, a brand new version of Pablo Honey will be bundled with copies of Hail to the Thief this June. According to the band’s management, the band felt that their first album “sucks” and they wanted to take on the task of reworking and re-recording them all over again. The songs have all been updated with that more “familiar Radiohead sound” including a clarinet/tuba/mouth harp version of “Creep” with Thom originally singing the vocals backwards then with the help of technology, were reversed and then reversed again to produce a stunning interpretation of the band’s first hit.

As an added bonus, there is a download-only track of the fan favorite “I Promise” available now free of charge. To download, please click here.

For more information about this bonus release, click here.