“Creep” is still considered the band’s signature song
Radiohead debut single “Creep” is released in 1992
Radiohead’s “Creep” was released as their debut single on September 21st, 1992, and it appeared on their first album, “Pablo Honey” in 1993. “Creep” was not initially a chart success, but became a worldwide hit on its re-release in 1993. 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 1990’s. Initially with little success in the U.K when it was first released, as Radio 1 found the song “too depressing” and refrained from playing the song, “Creep” reached number 78 on the UK Singles Chart, selling only 6,000 copies, however, by mid 1993 it became a worldwide success charting at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was reissued in the U.K and reached number seven on the Singles Chart. The release was bolstered by a September 1993 Top of the Pops performance. The formula used on the song made the band being compared to Nirvana, due to the heavy chorus after a mellow verse, a classical composition style on Alternative Rock in the early 90’s and popular within bands such as the mentioned Nirvana. “Creep” established Radiohead as one of the biggest forces in Alternative Rock in the 90’s, however, after the successful “Pablo Honey” album, the band switched music directions and became highly experimental, which drew both criticism and praise. Despite the band self-criticism of it, is still regarded as their signature song and in June 2008, “Creep” reentered the U.K Singles Chart at number 37 after its inclusion on the compilation album “Radiohead: The Best Of”.
Watch the 1993 music video of “Creep” by Radiohead
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