Prince and Radiohead

Too crazy for words, really: Radiohead To Prince: Unblock Creep YouTube Vids (pdf)

After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead’s “Creep” at the Coachella festival, the tens of thousands who couldnt be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied — even Radiohead.

All videos of Princes unique rendition of Radioheads early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn’t Prince’s.

In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Princes performance from a text message and thought it was “hilarious.” Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed OBrien, said the blocking had prevented even him from seeing Princes version of their song.

“Really? He’s blocked it?” asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. “Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment.” Yorke added, “Well, tell him to unblock it. Its our … song.”