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Has CREEP become this era's Free Bird to be played by every band at the end of every concert and covered by everybody?
posted by Xurando (82 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
FREEE BIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRD!
posted by zekinskia at 3:17 PM on March 20, 2009


No, God no.
posted by chillmost at 3:20 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


I didn't realize Creep was so widely covered, but I don't know how you can do a post about it without mentioning the Pretender's cover.

Also, to answer your question, No. When people at a gig holler "CREEP," it won't be because they want you to cover it.
posted by adamrice at 3:24 PM on March 20, 2009 [4 favorites]


Amanda Palmer seems to often play Creep on the ukelele at the ends of shows. I saw her play the Great American Music Hall in SF not long ago, and she performed Creep at the end of the show running along the balconies, with the crowd singing along. It was pretty fun and a cool way to end the show.

That said, I had no idea it was so popular to cover. Amanda Palmer plays a lot of covers of 80s and early 90s songs in her shows so I always saw it in that context.
posted by pombe at 3:25 PM on March 20, 2009


I don't think so. It hasn't been covered by Mayhem or Immortal yet.

But I would pay to see that - seriously.
posted by spinifex23 at 3:26 PM on March 20, 2009


There's a "conservative alternative to YouTube"? Who knew wieners on moogs was part of the liberal agenda?
posted by yoink at 3:26 PM on March 20, 2009


Amanda Palmer does good covers. The Dresden Dolls' "War Pigs" is excellent, and I once saw them do a lusty version of "Two-Headed Boy" while standing on top of a bar.
posted by Bookhouse at 3:28 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Who knew wieners on moogs was part of the liberal agenda?

Bob Dole knows that wieners on moogs are part of the liberal agenda.
posted by nosila at 3:29 PM on March 20, 2009 [6 favorites]


My favorite cover is definitely Kid606's 13 minute long This is Not My Statement, which starts out with samples of acapella barbershop "oooooohs" and degenerates into endless, buzzy, ambient hard drive noise.

Here's a tiny clip, can anyone find the full song available for streaming?
posted by Juliet Banana at 3:31 PM on March 20, 2009


The Richard Cheese cover of Creep, from his first album, is 37 different kinds of awesome.
posted by gimonca at 3:31 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


I never liked it, honestly, and given that I became a huge Radiohead fan with the release of the Bends I always felt slightly smug in hearing that Radiohead didn't like it either, and refused to play it live. Whenever I listen to it I hear Thom straining to be something he thinks people want to hear (it's not his typical or natural voice) rather than just being himself. This may not me true, but it's what I hear.
posted by jimmythefish at 3:34 PM on March 20, 2009


I think you're kind of right. I've heard 2 different local bands cover "Creep".
posted by rageagainsttherobots at 3:40 PM on March 20, 2009


I liked it better when The Hollies did it in 1974.
posted by sourwookie at 3:40 PM on March 20, 2009 [14 favorites]


So it's like the new Wonderwall?

(Actually, I never could stand Wonderwall, so all covers are preferable.)
posted by Dumsnill at 3:40 PM on March 20, 2009


No. It hasn't.
posted by Lacking Subtlety at 3:45 PM on March 20, 2009


What about Crazy? or Umbrella? They're both overcovered.
posted by LSK at 3:45 PM on March 20, 2009


Well considering Creep was released in 1992 - that is 17 years ago now - it's not really this era's anything.
posted by dydecker at 3:46 PM on March 20, 2009


Well considering Creep was released in 1992 - that is 17 years ago now - it's not really this era's anything. - agreed. That was from the alt.rock Radiohead, not the current mix of lots of things Radiohead.

I'm not sure how many instances are during live events, but Rihanna's Umbrella is doing well as a current cover song. According to Second Hand Songs, The Beatles win with most covers (#1 Eleanor Rigby, #2 Yesterday, #5 And I Love Her, #11 Blackbird), but they only note three covers of Rihanna's Umbrella and 17 covers of Creep. The Covers Project only lists 5 covers of Creep. Sadly, both sites only cover recorded works.

Other covers amusement: Onion AV Club: 23 songs that should never be covered again
posted by filthy light thief at 3:50 PM on March 20, 2009


So I'm only seventeen years behind the times? Groovy.
posted by Dumsnill at 3:55 PM on March 20, 2009


I like this version of Amanda Palmer singing Creep wandering around a bar by herself.

Also, I saw her doing War Pigs at this show on inauguration night, it was awesome. She dedicated it to the former administration, fittingly.
posted by empath at 3:56 PM on March 20, 2009 [6 favorites]


I don't think Miley Cyrus will be covering Creep anytime soon. Because she's having a feud with Radiohead. She's going to ruin them. Really. This world is hilarious.
posted by stavrogin at 3:57 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


My favorite cover of the past few years is The Klaxon's punk rock cover of the Oakenfold-produced rave classic It's Not Over Yet.
posted by empath at 3:58 PM on March 20, 2009


So I'm only seventeen years behind the times? Groovy.

Yeah, i know. Jesus it makes me feel old.

One day you wake up and suddenly you're that guy who was still enthusing about to Hotel California in 1992

17 years is a long time.
posted by dydecker at 4:03 PM on March 20, 2009


"More cowbell!!" is this era's version of "Play Freebird!!".

Then they look at their friends and wait for the laffs to come...
posted by Chris Brummel at 4:06 PM on March 20, 2009


Amanda Palmer also covered creep on the ukulele at a bar called the Middle East in Boston.
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 4:07 PM on March 20, 2009


Scala Choir.
posted by Restless Day at 4:10 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


The Dresden Dolls cover of War Pigs is awesome. I saw them play it in the summer of 2004 at the Paradise in Boston, dedicated to the then current administration. At the end, Amanda shouted out to the crowd, "now go out and vote, for fucks sake!"
posted by pombe at 4:10 PM on March 20, 2009


I'd worry about Yorke becoming depressed over this development... but he was probably pretty glum already about something.
posted by Joe Beese at 4:11 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


There's a "conservative alternative to YouTube"?
Yes.
posted by Flunkie at 4:16 PM on March 20, 2009


Did a lot of bands cover freebird? I thought the point of the joke was that nobody played it.

I always wanted a house remix of freebird so I could play it when people yelled it out at gigs. I think The Orb did a remix/cover of it.

Oh.. here it is.
posted by empath at 4:18 PM on March 20, 2009


There's a "conservative alternative to YouTube"?

Yes.


There's more than ONE "conservative alternative to YouTube"???
posted by yoink at 4:19 PM on March 20, 2009


Bill Hicks covers freebird. Not.
posted by empath at 4:19 PM on March 20, 2009


Oh, hey, I just covered this the other d—

Oh, that "Creep".
posted by cortex at 4:25 PM on March 20, 2009


I like a different cover version of Creep. You know, the one by TLC...
posted by jonp72 at 4:27 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


There was a great blog entry about Prince's cover talking about the lyrics changes he made, but I can't find it now.
posted by empath at 4:35 PM on March 20, 2009


Why?!?
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 4:51 PM on March 20, 2009


I had no idea so many people ruined this song on a regular basis.
posted by dopamine at 4:52 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


I kind of like the idea of it as a singalong, a la Weezer in that third link. We're all creeps! Her skin makes us all cry!

Also, "a bar called the Middle East in Boston"??!
posted by palliser at 5:09 PM on March 20, 2009


God damn I hate the Dresden Dolls.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 5:11 PM on March 20, 2009 [3 favorites]


I kind of like the idea of it as a singalong, a la Weezer in that third link. We're all creeps! Her skin makes us all cry!

I've got a live recording of an aging Kinks doing "I'm Not Like Everybody Else" with a gigantic stadium crowd singing along. Always makes me smile.
posted by cortex at 5:13 PM on March 20, 2009


When Les Miserables hit Broadway, I figured that anything could be set to music - but CREEP?
posted by Kirth Gerson at 5:16 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Do Radiohead still refuse to play it?
posted by Artw at 5:16 PM on March 20, 2009


It seems like we're kind of slamming people for doing covers of a song that really resonated with them. Is the problem that you feel they're glomming onto Radiohead's success? Isn't being an artist about collaboration? Especially if you're an entertainer. You're supposed to learn from each other and grow that way. What's so wrong with covering Creep?
posted by edbles at 5:18 PM on March 20, 2009


They played it just the other night in Mexico City!
posted by Windigo at 5:19 PM on March 20, 2009


The Middle East is in motherfucking Cambridge.
posted by breath at 5:21 PM on March 20, 2009


March 16th, 2009

Thom looks like he's having a pretty good time with it.
posted by Windigo at 5:23 PM on March 20, 2009


Ah, yes. This.
posted by palliser at 5:24 PM on March 20, 2009


It seems like we're kind of slamming people for doing covers of a song that really resonated with them.

Well, not all of us are slamming every cover of the song. I'm a sucker for covers and love listening to them, and I think Creep is a very solid piece of pop song-writing in its own right. But I've heard it many, many times, and it's never really gone away, so there's some fatigue that creeps (heh) into the equation from my listener's perspective, regardless of the personal resonance the song may have for a given performer from their expressive perspective.

So it's tricky territory.

Also, Korn's cover is amazingly shitty.
posted by cortex at 5:28 PM on March 20, 2009


Oh, and Beck's cover it as well. Sorta.
posted by Windigo at 5:30 PM on March 20, 2009


Had enough?
posted by Xurando at 5:31 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


And a Damien Rice cover, as well.
posted by Windigo at 5:36 PM on March 20, 2009


God damn I hate the Dresden Dolls.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 8:11 PM on March 20 [+] [!]


Do you think that really added much to the thread?
posted by empath at 5:36 PM on March 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


Well considering Creep was released in 1992 - that is 17 years ago now

Say 17 what now?
posted by TwoWordReview at 5:49 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


Much better video of the Mexico City performance here.
posted by jokeefe at 5:56 PM on March 20, 2009


Do you think that really added much to the thread?
posted by empath at 5:36 PM on March 20 [+] [!]


About as much as people saying how great Amanda Palmer is? I count two comments that don't mention her cover of Creep, so I'll wait here while you scold them similarly.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 6:04 PM on March 20, 2009


Oh, hey, I just covered this the other d—
Oh, that "Creep".


Shameless.
posted by chococat at 6:16 PM on March 20, 2009


I was so hoping this post was going to refer to The Jam's "Creep," which is a much better song to my ears, and doesn't seem to be on youtube, which goes to show I am probably right about it being better, and I am old.
posted by cjorgensen at 6:27 PM on March 20, 2009


He reads books; of the list book club
And after two months--his stance a familiar hunch
It's that same slouch - you had the last time he came around

His oppression abounds, his type is doing the rounds
He is a scum-egg; a horrid trendy wretch


(The only C.R.E.E.P. song worth half of a damn)
posted by Burhanistan at 7:18 PM on March 20, 2009


Shameless.

Deeeeeply so.
posted by cortex at 7:19 PM on March 20, 2009


Did I miss it, or has no one linked Sad Kermit's version?
posted by MrMoonPie at 7:30 PM on March 20, 2009 [2 favorites]


Huh, nary a mention of Kevin Matthews.
posted by Smedleyman at 7:36 PM on March 20, 2009


Dear cortex (and everybody else),

Well, not all of us are slamming every cover of the song. I'm a sucker for covers and love listening to them, and I think Creep is a very solid piece of pop song-writing in its own right. But I've heard it many, many times, and it's never really gone away, so there's some fatigue that creeps (heh) into the equation from my listener's perspective, regardless of the personal resonance the song may have for a given performer from their expressive perspective.

So it's tricky territory.

Also, Korn's cover is amazingly shitty.


Oh my god I should have listened to all the clips the problem was Korn's cover was right above Kermit's so I managed to dodge that bullet the first time through. Kermit singing a different song about feeling like a freak was just too fascinating.

Sorry about the "We" it just felt like the conversation was trending toward "the hyper-literate negativity" side of metafilter.

Re Creep = tired. I was 7 when it first came out and possibly managed to duck the overplayingyness. So from my perspective there's an argument to be made for artists playing a song people love that it's original creator refuses to play live. I guess the argument hinges on whether or not one loud dude in the audience wants it, the artist wants to play it and no one wants to hear it, or if a lot of people in the audience want to hear it.

So I get the resistance if it's a annoyance at artistic self-indulgence thing.
posted by edbles at 7:41 PM on March 20, 2009 [1 favorite]


I was so hoping this post was going to refer to The Jam's "Creep," which is a much better song to my ears, and doesn't seem to be on youtube, which goes to show I am probably right about it being better, and I am old.

You've stumped not only youtube, but allmusic. Maybe a different band or song name? I can't think of a Jam song with the word "creep" in the chorus, but I'm not the person to ask.

Not trying to go around correcting the world, but in case you wanted to find it.
posted by palliser at 7:52 PM on March 20, 2009


Is that Moby standing next to the camera on the good video in Mexico City? Off-key enough, got to be.

The Freebird video also made me laugh. I was looking at the US flags thinking "Where is this concert? Where's the Confederate flag?" Then the camera went to a wide shot of the stage.

Never heard of anyone covering Freebird, I thought everyone covered We Shall be Released to end important concerts.
posted by rakish_yet_centered at 9:09 PM on March 20, 2009


I think smells like teen spirit might just edge out Creep. Just maybe.
posted by jester69 at 9:22 PM on March 20, 2009


"Who does Radiohead rip off" is some weird kind of Rorshach test. For me, it's Echo and the Bunnymen.
posted by swift at 9:23 PM on March 20, 2009


Well considering Creep was released in 1992 - that is 17 years ago now

Jesus Fucking Christ

I was 7 when it first came out

Oh, for Jesus Dammit...

Stop it!
posted by dirigibleman at 9:31 PM on March 20, 2009 [5 favorites]


I think smells like teen spirit might just edge out Creep.

Aw, dude. Why'd you have to go hauling out my parents' music?

I kid, I kid.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 9:52 PM on March 20, 2009


In my early 90's indie world, if fratboys at some show were hollering some obvious request at some poor one-hit band, I would yell out "Negative Creep"! Always got a good laugh from the grizzled hipsters.

"Freebird" was just code for "I'm new at this".

Note: "indie" and "hipster" have now acquired new cultural meanings, as have "alternative" and "Republican".
posted by intermod at 10:01 PM on March 20, 2009


Creep came out in 92, Smells Like Teen spirit in 91. Not too much different really. But... Nirvana the band is long gone, and Radiohead is still going, so that makes them seem worlds apart.
posted by jester69 at 10:01 PM on March 20, 2009


It just goes to show you should be more careful!
posted by saysthis at 12:12 AM on March 21, 2009


I can't believe no on has linked to the most painfully awkard musical performance I have ever seen.

Radiohead performing Creep at the MTV Beach House!!
posted by afu at 3:17 AM on March 21, 2009


Much better video of the Mexico City performance here.

Yeah, you can really hear the crowd in that one.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:44 AM on March 21, 2009


That was supposed to sound sarcastic, by the way.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 6:44 AM on March 21, 2009


I think "Keep On Rockin' In the Free World" beats out "Creep" and "Free Bird" for most overused cover finale. It's so beaten into the ground it even feels kinda worn out when Neil does it himself (or with CSN&Y.)

I'd still rather hear it for the nth time than "Free Bird" or "Creep."
posted by snuffleupagus at 8:34 AM on March 21, 2009


cortex,

I've never listened to any of the podcasts, so I've only heard your singing voice. I often read your comments in that voice, which make your funny comments hysterical and your angry/serious comments hysterical.

I'd never actually heard the Dresden Dolls before. I think I'm going to become a fan.

I think part of the point of yelling "Freebird!" was an ironic challenge to a shitty band to play a song that was beyond their skill. A counterpoint was a stereotype of the idiot-listener who saw the band as a jukebox and didn't get that the band was on a different musical planet than Lynyrd Skynyrd.
posted by double block and bleed at 8:52 AM on March 21, 2009


Afu that is almost painful to watch. I'm pretty sure that was the first time I heard that song, though. Note the dark shades. I'm wondering whose idea that was to hide his eye condition.
posted by empath at 8:52 AM on March 21, 2009


Yeah, under no circumstances watch the MTV Beach House performance of Creep, or, especially, Anyone Can Play Guitar. It will break your brain with squirming, cringing, empathic embarassment. It ends with Thom nearly electrocuting himself by jumping into the pool. Or so I've heard; I've never managed to watch more than about the first thirty seconds. Ah, the sea of dork that was early Radiohead...

That was supposed to sound sarcastic, by the way.

From what I gather of the show, and particularly that moment, the entire crowd of 60 thousand people was singing along-- as they'd been doing the entire evening-- rendering any recording unintentionally hilarious and facepalm-ish in turn. I mean, you can't even hear Thom in the stuff I've seen on Youtube.

The wild reception in Mexico and now Brasil, including them being followed Britney-style by the paparazzi, has brought about all sorts of wtf moments, including shots of Thom at the beach and jogging along the beach front at Ipanema, where going by all available evidence he is the palest person currently in Rio.
posted by jokeefe at 11:08 AM on March 21, 2009


Burhanistan, thanks for the correction. *Hangs head in shame*
posted by cjorgensen at 3:31 PM on March 21, 2009


I can't believe no on has linked to the most painfully awkard musical performance I have ever seen.

Radiohead performing Creep at the MTV Beach House!!


I really don't think it's that odd. I mean, this WAS their audience for this song. When that song came out, thousands of kiddos 18 to 23 were walking around singing this song to themselves, thinking that the only people in the world who really understood them was a band called Radiohead.

I would go into bars and see a mob of people at the bar, all hipster and cool, drunk off their asses and screaming this song at the top of their lungs. It was enough to make me hate Radiohead forever.
posted by bradth27 at 4:06 PM on March 21, 2009


God I hope so. I love playing it in Rockband with my friends.
posted by The Monkey at 5:46 PM on March 22, 2009


Of course, the best Radiohead cover is "Reckoner" by Gnarls Barkley.
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