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(Credit: Mac DeMarco)


Remembering when Mac DeMarco and his band covered Radiohead’s 'High and Dry'

At a time when millions of people around the world are forced t ostay home amid strict social distancing measures, we’re sporadically dipping into the Far Out archives in order to keep the people entertained.

While live music and the atmosphere of a summer music festival may feel like a distant memory right now, keep safe the good times will return and bands such as Mac DeMarco and Radiohead will again return to the stage. For now though, we’ll continue to revisit archival footage for our sonic stimulants.

A couple of years ago, during a performance at the Chilean festival Lollapalooza, Mac DeMarco and his band attempted to cover Radiohead’s ‘High and Dry’ for the bumper crowd.

Radiohead’s 1995 classic, which features a daring falsetto from Thom Yorke, couldn’t tempt DeMarco onto the vocals and, instead, he swapped roles with drummer Joe McMurray for the special cover. McMurray, leading the crowd on massive Radiohead singalong, allowed Mac to goof around on the drums.

In what might be the most wholesome video you see all day, McMurray shows balls of steel as he wraps two hands around the microphone, clutching it as tightly as possible, and gives the performance everything he has. In what clearly appears to be a dream moment for the drummer, a performance to thousands while being totally out of his comfort zone becomes a joyous singalong.

The band also managed to follow it up with a rendition of Red Hot Chili Peppers song ‘Under The Bridge’ with McMurray again leading the cover. He told the crowd, “I can’t really sing the song,” but he once again threw himself into it—and, of course, the audience on multiple occasions.

More like high pressure karaoke than a glittering cover of Radiohead… but does that make it even better?

Yes, yes it does.