Radiohead’s “Creep” is one of those tunes that’s so omnipresent in our lives it’s easy to take for granted and dismiss. But this week, on August 13, spaghetti-haired mood manipulator Tori Amos demonstrated once more why it’s a song that demands our attention. Under a heavy spotlight, Amos debuted her interpretation of “Creep” at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, during the “Lizard Lounge” section of her live show. Bringing her trademark breathy vocals, dramatic showmanship, and piano mastery to the piece, the bespectacled songwriter recorded it via crowd-shot, multiple cameras, and you can watch the cinematic results below.
Tori Amos’ fourteenth album, Unrepentant Geraldines, was released in May of this year. And though it’s a solid effort that’s generated positive feedback from critics, I confess I’ve always had a soft spot for her cover tunes. She has, of course, used her inimitable vocals and arrangements to craft memorable covers of other modern classics, most notably those on her Strange Little Girls LP. For my money, her take on Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teenage Spirit” (found on her 1992 Crucify EP) has long been the best of her reinterpretations, despite the fact that Kurt Cobain infamously referred to as “a great breakfast cereal version.” One wonders then what Thom Yorke thinks of the way she ups the naughtiness in “Creep” with a couple of well-placed F-bombs. How about you? Radiohead hasn’t performed “Creep” in concert in a while. Should the band bring it back? Let us know in the comments section below!