Thom Yorke Releases Eerie Reimagining of Radiohead’s Hit “Creep”

Thom Yorke reimagines Radiohead's "Creep" as nine-minute acoustic dirge.

Thom Yorke, Creep
Photo: Greg Williams

Earlier this year, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke recorded a new version of his band’s 1993 hit “Creep,” titled “Creep (Very 2021 Rmx),” for Japanese fashion designer Jun Takahashi’s Undercover Fall/Winter 2021 collection “Creep Very.” The singer transformed the rock song into a nine-minute acoustic dirge, successfully heightening its creep factor.

“Creep” is the ultimate self-loathing crush anthem—“I want to 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 fucking special/I wish I was special”—and Yorke has replaced the original’s ominous, perfectly timed blasts of electric guitar with spooky synth pads and droning, Angelo Badalamenti-style bass.

Listen below, accompanied by original artwork by Takahashi:


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Sal Cinquemani

Sal Cinquemani is the co-founder and co-editor of Slant Magazine. His writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Billboard, The Village Voice, and others. He is also an award-winning screenwriter/director and festival programmer.

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