„Creep” – Radiohead

Creep” is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. Radiohead released „Creep” as their debut single in 1992, and it later appeared on their first album, Pablo Honey (1993). During its initial release, „Creep” was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit. Attendees of Radiohead’s early gigs often exhibited little interest in the band’s other songs, causing the band to react against „Creep” and play it less often during the mid-to-late 1990s. In 1998, halfway through their OK Computer tour, the band dropped the song from set lists altogether. „Creep” was not played live again until 2001, but it has since reappeared several times on the band’s live sets.

According to Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood, Thom Yorke wrote „Creep” while studying at Exeter University in the late 1980s. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood said the song was inspired by a girl that Yorke had followed around who showed up unexpectedly during a show by the band. In 1992 during rehearsal sessions with producers Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie, Radiohead spontaneously performed „Creep”. Yorke described „Creep” to the producers as „our Scott Walker song”; Slade and Kolderie mistook the singer’s remark and believed the song was a cover. After tension arose due to unsatisfactory attempts at recording other songs, Slade and Kolderie tried to improve morale by requesting Radiohead to play „Creep” again. The band recorded the song in a single take; after the performance everyone in the room burst into applause. Once the band assured Kolderie that „Creep” was an original song, he called EMI to tell them to consider the song as Radiohead’s next single.While the recording had minimal overdubs and the band did not intend to release it, the producers were impressed with the song.Due to similarities to „The Air That I Breathe„, a song recorded by The Hollies in 1973, Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood are credited as co-writers of „Creep”.

According to Yorke, „Creep” tells the tale of an inebriated man who tries to get the attention of a woman to whom he is attracted by following her around. In the end, he lacks the self-confidence to face her and feels he subconsciously is her. When asked about „Creep” in 1993, Yorke said, „I have a real problem being a man in the ’90s… Any man with any sensitivity or conscience toward the opposite sex would have a problem. To actually assert yourself in a masculine way without looking like you’re in a hard-rock band is a very difficult thing to do… It comes back to the music we write, which is not effeminate, but it’s not brutal in its arrogance. It is one of the things I’m always trying: To assert a sexual persona and on the other hand trying desperately to negate it.” Jonny Greenwood said the song was in fact a happy song about „recognizing what you are”

Creep Lyrics

When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eye
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
And I wish I was special
You’re so fucking special

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so fucking special
I wish I was special

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

She’s running out the door
She’s running out
She’s run, run, run, running out

Whatever makes you happy
Whatever you want
You’re so fucking special
I wish I was special

But I’m a creep
I’m a weirdo
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here

I don’t belong here

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