Prince Coachella Radiohead Creep

Prince’s “Creep” cover is finally back online… because Radiohead says so

After seven years of takedown notices, Prince has decided to let a recording of his Radiohead cover live online where it belongs.

- Dec 8, 2015

Perhaps his grand (and kind of adorable) Instagram entrance signalled that professional copyright claimant and famously leery social media presence Prince has warmed to 21st century attitudes re: content sharing online.

Further evidence: yesterday, he tweeted a link to a video clip of his 2008 Coachella performance of Radiohead's "Creep" that he's been blocking pretty much since he stepped off the stage. The uploader added a quote attributed to noted "Creep"-hater Thom Yorke in the description that reads: "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song." Apparently those are the magic words.

"Creep" - Prince at Coachella 2008 (Uploaded via Permission from Radiohead)

"Creep," it turns out, is a perfect landscape for Prince to inhabit: its spare verses give ample room for his cooing, the megatonnage of its chorus propels his nimble, noodley fingers ever-faster down the fretboard, and then, the changed-up line "I think you're special" allows him the occasion to point out theatrically into the audience, at one hundred thousand admirers, and snap the charisma machine into overdrive.

Not quite the alienation anthem that Radiohead originally recorded, but a cover that deserves the posterity of YouTube... at least until Prince pulls it down again.

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