Best Of The Week's Late Night Music: Conan Covers Radiohead's Creep
Most concerts are a part of larger tours, and larger tours are, more often than not, very well rehearsed and very scripted. Sure, the set lists might be varied from night to night, but it's a rare occasion when a band will impulsively break into a cover they've never really done before. Television appearances though are another beast entirely. What actually makes its way on air are typically the two largest hits from the band's most recent album, but while the show's on commercial and there's no pressure to be decent, musicians get up to all sorts of wacky shit, especially when prodded by someone as goofy and ridiculous as Conan.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes were getting set up in front of the crowd during Conan's summer concert series when the late night host overheard the band playing a few bars from Radiohead's “Creep”. Excitedly, he joined in, doing his most offensive and best Thom Yorke impression, much to the delight of the crowd. The lovely people over at Team Coco put the footage online, and it's more than worth a look. Check it out below…
How the hell Charles Dickens ended up getting a shoutout in Conan's abbreviated non-cover cover is beyond me, but that above two and a half minute clip pretty much synthesizes everything I love about the tall redhead. He's such a strange mix of zany antics and well-educated references.
For those of you who weren't alive in the 90s or need a refresher, here's what the actual “Creep” sounds like…