There are many times when musical ideas revolve around reborn lovers and are implemented in notes, to whoever accepts them.
The reward for this is glory and recognition.
The problems, however, for the artist begin, when the original receiver or the first to give in to the fascination of the musical idea, discovers…
Radiohead’s “Creep” is another song that made the band more than the band made it.
It was the band’s first musical attempt.
We first meet it as a single and a year later, on their debut album, “Pablo Honey” of 1993.
Of course, it also went through adventures, together with the band, before taking them out of obscurity.
According to the band’s bassist Colin Greenwood, the song was written by Thom Yorke when he was studying at Exeter University.
Their guitarist, Jonny Greenwood adds, that the singer was inspired by a girl who followed after a live performance of the band.
Its music also went through omissions and mistakes, to take its final and well-known form.
The band’s adventures, which are charged throughout the band, began when they first went to record it in 1992, with producers Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie.
Yorke, in order to emphasize his composition, named him Scott Walker, a pop idol of the ’60s.
The producers realized that it was a cover or a cover, which triggered tension in the band.
After unsuccessful attempts to record the song, the two producers saw that the morale of the band had fallen in Tartarus.
To raise it, they were told to play it again from the beginning.
As soon as they relaxed, they recorded it “at once” and everyone burst into applause in the studio.
Once the misunderstanding about its authenticity was resolved, the producers telephoned EMI directly to suggest it as a single.
The adventures of the song did not end here though.
There are many similarities with The Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe” from 1973.
Its creators, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, sued Radiohead as soon as “Creep” was a success.
The result was that they would also be listed as co-creators of the song.
The lyrical part refers to a sensitive young man who tries to find his place in the foreplay of the two sexes.
But without losing his sexual identity.
It is essentially the experiences of Thom Yorke himself, who did not want to be recognized as a member of a rock band, but as a man with a sensitivity to the opposite sex.
Jonny Greenwood considers it a happy song since the hero recognizes who he is.
The verse “So fucking special” states it.
In America, however, this statement was forced to become “So very special”, in order not to break the rule of hypocrisy on its radios.
The song has a lot of covers, with the most interesting being by Korn and Carrie Manolakos.