Creep

version originale
6 septembre 1992, Creep première sortie
1er février 1993, Anyone Can Play Guitar Australie
22 février 1993, Pablo Honey
18 septembre 1993, Creep deuxième sortie
3:55
radio edit (version expurgée)
18 septembre 1993, promo Creep
3:55
version acoustique
18 septembre 1993, Creep deuxième sortie
1er juin 1994, Itch
26 septembre 1994, My Iron Lung
4:19
autres versions
1993, Creep Black Session
?
22 février 1993, Pablo Honey Japon
10 mai 1993, Pop Is Dead
4:05
High & Dry Hollande
4:13
bande annonce du film Cyclo (à ne pas confondre avec la bande originale du même film, qui est identique à la version album)
1:20
reprises
galactic achievement society
17 avril 2001, Plastic Mutations
?
Aleister Einstein
?
derniers lives
14 juin 1998, Tibetan Freedom Concert, Washington
7 juillet 2001, South Park, Oxford
27 juillet 2002, Coliseu do Porto, Porto
3 août 2003, Chiba Marine Stadium, Tokyo
13 août 2003, Tweeter Center, Boston
20 août 2003, Merriweather Post Pavillion, Columbia
Après ça, le groupe l'a inclue dans les set lists quasi normalement.
Ed
...the song, Creep was big, but Radiohead wasn't...
Paul Q Kolderie
And the one day in rehearsal, they burst into this other song, which I guess they'd just written. When they finished it, Thom mumbled something like, "That's our Scott Walker song"... except I thought he said "That's a Scott Walker song". Now I was pretty familiar with Scott Walker, but Jeez, there's a lot of albums and I could have missed something! We walked out of the rehearsal that night and Sean said, "Too bad their best song's a cover.
Jonny played the piano at the end of the song and it was gorgeous. Everyone who heard Creep just started going insane. So that's what got us the job doing the album.

Le groupe a en partie copié le morceau de 1974 des Hollies The Air That I Breathe, intentionnellement (voyez là pour les paroles).

Jonny
What happened was, we wrote Creep, and the middle eighth just had... my guitar playing a tune. And Ed stopped [us] and said, 'This is the same chord sequence as that Hollies song', and then sang it. So Thom copied it. It was funny to us in a way, sort of feeding something like that into [it]. It's a bit of change.

Creep is saying "I wanna be abhorred", isn't it?

Thom
Yeah, definitely... It's about... [pause] It's about sympathy... [longer pause] This is all very hard. If, erm... Yeah I suppose. Mmmm... [very long pause] As soon as I say this, everyone will take the piss... It's just, I think... [pause for several centuries] Part of me is always looking for someone to turn around, buy me a drink, give me a hug and say it's all right.
Thom
...Because i just go off on one. For days I can't talk to people. And it shocks me because I'm still doing it. I want to be alone and I want people to notice me - both at the same time. I can't help it. There's this book, Famished Road, where the main character has these forces following him around and pulling him about - I feel like that. It sounds really tossy, this. If I was a painter, it would be like, 'wow! that's wonderful!' but this is pop and in pop you're not meant to say things like this.

live at the TavernTitre qui a failli faire éclater le groupe, Creep est sorti deux fois en single en Grande-Bretagne et fut un hit plutôt majeur, mais pas autant qu'aux États-Unis, où Radiohead était connu pour cette 'chanson à la con' ('that Creep song'). Le groupe tournait aux États-Unis, les gens se pointaient juste pour entendre Creep et partaient. Personne ne prêta attention à Pablo Honey, ou à aucune des nouvelles chansons de The Bends, et bientôt tous les étudiants l'avaient sur les lèvres, et le titre occupait toutes les machines à karaoke et tous les juke-box du pays (d'ailleurs, allez sur la page du single pour admirer la version vinyle pour juke-box, elle est de toute beauté, d'un joli vert transparent).

Depuis, le groupe a toujours essayé de se libérer de ce lien avec Creep. Ils haïssent la chanson, et cependant se sentent obligés de la jouer "On le joue seulement parce que c'est quand même un bon titre". Ils ont écrit My Iron Lung exprès à propos de leur haine de cette chanson, mais ils n'ont pas retrouvé de reconnaissance de masse pour un titre avant le hit de Paranoid Android. N'importe comment, Creep sera toujours un boulet pour le groupe.

shoulder of lamb, frying in a pan

Bizarrement, les paroles du début (car la toute première version date d'environ 1985...) comprenaient 'épaule d'agneau, grillant dans une poêle', entre autres.

Phil
It's inevitable that people look at us like a one-hit wonder, because that's all they know of us. But Creep came along eight years into our existence; we've always been progressing. I think The Bends puts Creep in its proper place.

De source non vérifiée, les scratchings désormais célèbres à la guitares de Jonny étaient sa manière de montrer sa frustration de faire une chanson calme, voire chiante. Les enregistrements pour la radio ont le mot "very" à la place de "fucking". Thom a dit que la chanson parlait d'un ivrogne, et l'a dédiée à plein de monde, comme, par exemple, Piers Morgan (rédacteur en chef du Sun).

successeur de Creep ?

John Leckie
It was either going to be Sulk, The Bends, Nice Dream or Just. We had to give those absolute "attention, make the amazing, instant smash hits number 1 in America". Everyone was pulling their hair and saying, "It's not good enough! We were trying too hard".
Ed
I think you're right, I think Fake Plastic Trees and Street Spirit... I prefer these songs far more than Creep. Creep was of its time but songs like that, [Fake Plastic Trees] everytime we play it and Thom starts strumming on that acoustic and its like voom! It hits you. It's a really powerful song.
enregistrement
Chipping Norton Studio, Oxon
production
Sean Slade; Paul Q. Kolderie
ingénieur
Sean Slade; Paul Q. Kolderie
mixage
Sean Slade; Paul Q. Kolderie
Fort Apache, Roxbury, Massachussetts
master
Chris Blair
Abbey Road
If I could make a wish,
I think I'd pass.
Can't think of anything I need -
No cigarettes, no sleep, no light, no sound,
nothing to eat, no books to read.

Making love with you
has left me peaceful, warm, and tired.
What more could I ask?
There's nothing left to be desired.
Peace came upon me and it leaves me weak.
So sleep, silent angel, go to sleep.

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe
   and to love you.
All I need is the air that I breathe, yes,
   to love you.
All I need is the air that I breathe.

Peace came upon me and it leaves me weak.
So sleep, silent angel, go to sleep.