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Published on Mar 4, 2010
Radiohead - Creep
"Creep" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, written by vocalist Thom Yorke. Radiohead released "Creep" as their debut single in 1992, and it later appeared on their first album, Pablo Honey (1993). During its initial release, "Creep" was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit. The band began to dislike the song, as fans attended their early gigs primarily for the performance of "Creep". During the mid-to-late 1990s, "Creep" was played less frequently at gigs and in 1998, the band dropped the song from setlists altogether. It would not be played live again until 2001, and has since appeared sporadically in the band's live sets. However in 2009, during the Spring tour of South America and Mexico, the song was played at almost every gig. It also opened their set in the 2009 Reading Festival. "Creep" is one of Radiohead's biggest hits, and has been used in various media as well as having been covered by a number of musical artists.
Background and recording According to Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, Thom Yorke wrote "Creep" while studying at Exeter University in the late 1980s. 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. In 1992 during rehearsal sessions with producers Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie, Radiohead spontaneously performed "Creep". Yorke described "Creep" to the producers as "our Scott Walker song"; Slade and Kolderie misheard the singer's remark and mistakenly believed the song was a cover. Tension arose due to unsatisfactory attempts at recording other songs, so to improve morale Slade and Kolderie requested the band play "Creep" again. The band recorded the song in a single take; after the performance everyone in the room burst into applause. Once the band assured Kolderie that "Creep" was an original song, he called EMI to tell them to consider the song as the band's next single. While the recording had minimal overdubs and the band did not intend to release it, the producers were impressed with the song.