Watch the astonishing moment Prince used his headline slot at Coachella to take on Radiohead’s anthemic ‘Creep’ back in 2008.
The late, singer, performer, and all-around bona fide artistic juggernaut, Prince had an on-off relationship with the internet during his all too brief time with us. The artist at moments threw himself into the virtual world and at others found its lack of personality abhorrent.
This meant that for years the moment he and his illustrious band covered Radiohead’s mega-hit ‘Creep’ at Coachella in 2008 remained only in the memories of those who attended the event.
So, when we found this video we thought we’d enjoy this nugget of pop-culture property to its fullest before it’s taken down again. Prince’s camp has previously been extremely diligent in issuing take-down requests, and most of the footage of that show disappeared quickly after it cropped up.
The song had been previously buried in the internet mire at the request of both Prince and Radiohead. We’re not sure why, as the performance, The Purple One gives not only evokes the loneliness of Radiohead’s original but adds a new level of complexity.
A naturally sombre yet distinctly flourished and polished affair, Prince’s version of the 90’s hit is at times euphoric and ascending, and at others so drenched in melancholy that you’d be forgiven Prince was actually a young, down-and-out student in his dorm room wailing away.
Vocally at polar opposites of the spectrum, Prince’s smooth version of the song does lack a certain edge which Yorke’s estranged and detached performance nearly always provides. For that reason you could understand the Prince estate being happy to keep this performance form the public eye, but as a piece of pop-culture memorabilia, it’s as good as anything we’ve ever seen.
So, before this video gets removed by either party be sure to check out Prince covering Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ at Coachella in 2008.