Radiohead offered up a rare rendition of ‘Creep’ during their Glastonbury Festival headline set.
The band have often had a tumultuous relationship with the most famous track. While it found them huge rock radio and mainstream success upon release in 1993, Radiohead have been reluctant to play it live over the years – citing that it took on a life of its own, separate to the breakthrough success and critical acclaim of their material since.
Fans have been reacting to the band’s Glasto performance of ‘Creep’. One Twitter user wrote: “Not only are Radiohead playing ‘Creep’, but it actually looks like they practiced it beforehand”.
Another added that frontman Thom York was “coming to terms” with the song “being a banger”.
See more reactions below.
Not only are Radiohead playing 'Creep', but it actually looks like they practiced it beforehand #Glastobury
— Daniel Jeakins (@DanJTweets) June 23, 2017
Thom coming to terms with Creep being a banger. Johnny needs another ten years IMO.
— gaz (@burnagedaydream) June 23, 2017
— Matt Patterson (@matt_ze_patt) June 23, 2017
"Radiohead never play the hits!"
They're finishing with Paranoid Android, Fake Plastic Trees, Creep and Karma Police, so…
— Ben Skipper (@bskipper27) June 23, 2017
Radiohead played the following songs in total:
Exit Music (for a Film)
Everything in Its Right Place
You and Whose Army?
Street Spirit (Fade Out)
2 + 2 = 5
Fake Plastic Trees
- READ MORE: 10 Geeky Facts About Radiohead’s ‘Creep’
“It’s a good song,” guitarist Ed O’Brien said of ‘Creep’ in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “It’s nice to play for the right reasons. People like it and want to hear it. We do err towards not playing it because you don’t want it feel like show business. But we started throwing it in last year.”
Frontman Thom Yorke added: “We only did it once or twice this year,” said the frontman. “The first time I’m feeling the fakes we’ll stop. It can be cool sometimes, but other times I want to stop halfway through and be like, ‘Nah, this isn’t happening.’”
— BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) June 23, 2017