Creep: Radiohead’s Legacy

By N Mark Castro

This is a series of video plays best tried each to appreciate its beauty.

During its initial release in 1992, “Creep” was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit. Few rockstars on earth have had as much impact with a song that resonated not only with music lovers but including musicians themselves.

The song attracted additional followers when it was used as a background theme for the film “500” or an inspired-film about Facebook.

The angelic voices were from the multi-awarded Belgian women’s choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers, dramatically conducted by Stijn Kolacny and arranged and accompanied by Steven Kolacny on the piano, and with over 10 Million views on YouTube alone.

According to the story, Thom Yorke wrote “Creep” while studying at Exeter University. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said the song was inspired by a girl that Yorke had followed around who showed up unexpectedly during a show by the band.

Even multi-talented and multi-awared musician Moby covered the song. Famous for his well known for his sample-based electronic music, Moby has sold over 20 million albums and is considered as “one of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s, helping bring the music to a mainstream audience both in the UK and in America.

Moby has co-written, produced, and remixed music for The Smashing PumpkinsMichael JacksonDavid BowieDaft PunkBrian EnoPet Shop BoysBritney SpearsNew OrderPublic EnemyGuns N’ RosesMetallica, and others, which is a list to be envied by any so-called DJ on earth.

Among his standout albums are:

But Moby’s cover version is only one of many the artists that have taken their own take of the song, including Grammy-winner Macy Gray, who is an R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress, famed for her distinctive raspy voice, and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis.

Including Macy Gray’s 2012 collaboration with YouTube video producer David Choi.

Some covers, however, are beyond acceptance but former American Idol winner and Grammy-award winner Kelly Clarkson also stamped her voice on it, who is an avowed Radiohead fan.

Even Carrie Manolakos did her take. To those not familiar with her,  she is a former Broadway star that earned critical praise for her earnest rendition of Sophia Sheridan in Mamma Mia! and Elphaba, the Green Witch, in Wicked.

Carrie launched her debut album, Echo, in April 2012, and ended the show with a cover of “Creep“,  — it went viral days later and was officially called an Eargasm.

Carried could vocally scream like you wouldn’t believe.

And as an homage, Radiohead contemporary KoЯn, the first band to be called nu metal, did its unplugged cover of the same song.

But perhaps what “could make your skin cry” is the soulful rendition of Chrissie Hynde as The Pretenders cemented the song’s legacy. If you do not know who Chrissie is, please, stop reading and return to your cave.

There have been many more covers of the song, but it’s enough for you to know why it’s had as much impact to music lovers and musicians themselves.

And exactly a decade ago, this video captured the essence of every boy and girl lost in their own thoughts, searching to be defined by their own destiny.

To dispel rumors that they’re only a studio band, here’s

And if you think their fans, voices, and musical talents have abandoned them after all these years, here are three videos, separated by years, that attest to the loyalty of their believers, the range of their voices, and the depth of their talents.

To think that they have dropped this song from their regular concert playlist as people tend to focus on it more than any of their other songs. Which is why it’s a tremendous relief to know that they’ve included it on their repertoire when they did a concert 3 years ago.

And carrying the same note recently.

One song … one life.

When you were here before,
Couldn’t look you in the eye,
You’re just like an angel,
Your skin makes me cry;

You float like a feather,
In a beautiful world,
I wish I was special,
You’re so fuckin’ special;

But I’m a creep,
I’m a weirdo,
What the hell am I doin’ here?
I don’t belong here;

I don’t care if it hurts,
I wanna have control,
I want a perfect body,
I want a perfect soul;

I want you to notice,
When I’m not around,
You’re so fuckin’ special,
I wish I was special;

What the hell am I doin’ here?
But I’m a creep,
I’m a weirdo,
I don’t belong here, ohhhh, ohhhh

She’s running out again,
She’s running,
She runs runs runs runs…
Runs…

Whatever makes you happy,
Whatever you want,
You’re so fucking special,
I wish I was special;

But I’m a creep,
I’m a weirdo,
What the hell am I doin’ here?
I don’t belong here,

I don’t belong here…

Unfortunately, how can this band …

possibly beat this girl

How

About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the chief political communications strategist for PT AsiaLeads, a political and communications policy-making body based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is also the Executive Director at the Southeast Asia Consulting Group, an investment advisory company assisting clients roll out their presence for the ASEAN Economic Integration in partnership with government. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

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