Peter Gabriel: ‘Thom Yorke won’t respond to my cover of ‘Street Spirit”

Radiohead man is supposed to cover 'Wallflower' by Gabriel

Peter Gabriel has said he is having trouble getting Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke to contribute to his ‘song swap’ scheme.

Gabriel has recorded an album of covers called ‘Scratch My Back’, featuring tracks from artists including David Bowie (‘”Heroes”‘), Arcade Fire (‘My Body Is A Cage’) and Radiohead (‘Street Spirit (Fade Out)’), and he wants those acts featured to return the favour.

However, speaking in The Sun’s Something For The Weekend today (February 12), Gabriel revealed that he has not been in contact with Yorke – who said he would rework his track ‘Wallflower’ – about the project recently.

“I still haven’t had a response from Thom Yorke,” he explained of the situation, before adding that he does still want the Radiohead frontman to be involved.

He revealed: “He originally wrote to say he wanted to do a version of ‘Wallflower’, but I haven’t heard what he thinks of my version of [‘Street Spirit’].”

Gabriel conceded that Yorke may not have been impressed with his version of the track.

“Not everyone likes it and I’ve no real idea whether he likes it or hates it. We have a little clue, though,” he said. “We gave out codes for the artists to listen to their songs on a stream and we could see how many times they’ve heard them. I think he’s only streamed ‘Street Spirit’ once, which isn’t a good sign, but who knows?”