Frank Turner defends Radiohead comments Frank Turner Tickets

Singer-songwriter said the band are 'petty' for not playing 'Creep'

Frank Turner defends Radiohead comments

Photo: Jordan Hughes/NME

Frank Turner has defended comments he made about Radiohead in which he labelled the band "petty" for not playing one of their biggest songs at live shows.

Turner discussed the subject of artists playing their hits versus full albums in a recent interview, praising Iron Maiden's live show but attacking Radiohead for so rarely playing 'Creep'.

Writing on his blog about the reaction he received from fans of the band, whom he refers to as "indie Beliebers," Turner states that "the comment was lazily put" and says he is a huge fan of the Oxford band, citing 'Kid A' and 'Amnesiac' as his two favourite albums of theirs.

However, looking to clarify the point he made in the original interview, Turner continues: "When you're playing a live show and charging money for people to come, you’re also an entertainer, whether you like it or not. My frustration is with bands who see that description, 'entertainer', as some kind of slight."

He continues: "In some cases it’s almost like the audience is an imposition on their sacred creative act. If that's how you feel, don’t play shows and charge people to come to them, stick to the studio. Perhaps a better example than Radiohead and 'Creep' is Bob Dylan. When I saw him play it was just shit, and he was pretty openly trying to piss the audience off."

He concluded the post with: "I guess what I’m saying is, there's a middle way between being slavishly populist in your setlist choices, and only playing weird obscure B-sides. Dropping a song that everyone in the room wants to hear every now and again isn't 'selling out' or whatever, it's entertaining, and that's at least part of the job description."

Radiohead first released 'Creep', their debut single, in 1992 and performed it regularly until 1998. They then dropped it from their set until 2001 and played it sporadically until Reading Festival in 2009, the song's last outing.

Read More On This Artist

Frank Turner Tickets
Date/Time Venue Seetickets Viagogo


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Frank Turner Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Frank Turner Tickets


NOT AVAILABLE

Buy Frank Turner Tickets

from £54


Buy Frank Turner Tickets

from £37

Buy Frank Turner Tickets

from £30

back to top

More News
Drake matches The Beatles' record of having 14 Billboard Hot 100 songs simultaneously
Iggy Azalea says she quit Twitter as it made her 'want to punch everyone in the face'
Tobias Jesso Jr performs 'How Could You Babe' on 'The Tonight Show' - watch
Frank Turner announces details of solo tour in support of 'The Road Beneath My Feet'
House DJ Lil Louis confirms he is deaf in one ear following Manchester CO2 cannon incident
Dave Grohl stops Foo Fighters gig to give drum stick to blind fan - watch
The Cribs, Peace and Everything Everything lead latest Liverpool Sound City additions
Noel Gallagher on Alt-J: 'One of them's got a moustache, and that's...
Chvrches troll manager with fake 'new material' - watch
ITV deny reports Kanye West 'refused to speak' to Jonathan Ross
Second tree planted in honour of George Harrison after beetles eat original
Action Bronson releases 'Actin Crazy' video – watch
Cold War Kids unveil new video for 'Hot Coals' – watch
Kid Rock is 'flabbergasted' by Beyoncé's popularity
Court rules that Courtney Love is not as famous as Marlon Brando
Skrillex and Diplo's 24-hour DJ set shut down by police
Damon Albarn reveals a new Blur song was inspired by 2014 Sydney hostage siege
Fearne Cotton announces decision to leave BBC Radio 1
Chris Evans to host 20th anniversary episode of 'TFI Friday'
Brandon Flowers: 'I couldn't make a record like Julian Casablancas. I'm too much...
Frank Turner backs James Blunt in debate over classism in music
Israeli man suspected of leaking Madonna's new album 'Rebel Heart' is formally...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Date/Time Venue Town/City Seetickets Viagogo
24 Mar 2015 Oran Mor Glasgow

Tickets not currently available.

Buy Frank Turner Tickets

25 Mar 2015 Glee Club Birmingham Birmingham

Tickets not currently available.

Buy Frank Turner Tickets

27 Mar 2015 Bridgewater Hall Manchester

Tickets not currently available.

Buy Frank Turner Tickets
from £54

More Tickets

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM