Frank Turner says Radiohead are ‘petty’ for not playing ‘Creep’

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Singer wants to remind the Oxford band that 'they're entertainers'

Frank Turner has urged Radiohead to play ‘Creep’ live, saying they’re “petty” not to.

Speaking to Gigwise, Turner got onto the subject of artists playing their hits versus full albums. While he praised Iron Maiden‘s live show, he hit out at Radiohead for so rarely playing their biggest hit ‘Creep’.

“I’m a giant Iron Maiden fan,” he said. “But they’re very fucking adamant that they aren’t a cabaret act, they’ve got new albums so go fuck yourself. I really respect that and think it’s a bold move, but at the same time, I do want to hear ‘The Trooper’ and don’t really care about what’s on their last album.”

He went on to add: “What we do is we’re entertainers, at the end of the day. It’s like the whole Radiohead not playing ‘Creep’ thing. You are entertainers because you’ve charged people £40 to be here, and it’s not going to kill you to take three minutes out of your setlist to play the one song that everyone wants to hear. Just fucking play it. You’ll make everybody’s night.”

“There’s something kind of petty about not playing it to me,” he continued. “The world is full of bands that wish they had one song that everyone wanted to hear, you’ve got one, enjoy it.”

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.

Prince covered the song at Coachella in 2008, the footage of which was uploaded to YouTube by the fan who filmed it. Prince then requested the footage be taken down, but following the blocking, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke commented: “Well tell him to unblock it. It’s our song.”