Ages and ages ago, a friend of mine played me Radiohead's
"High and Dry" off their album The Bends
and I was hooked instantly. Only a young teenager, I was still on the cusp of discovering a whole plethora of music outside of the world I was raised in, and "High and Dry" opened the door to that world. My friend then played me another Radiohead track, which one I don't remember, but ever since then I have hated Radiohead.
There's not doubt that Radiohead is a polarizing band, you really do either love them or hate them, and if "High and Dry" was the only song I heard by them, then I would have loved them. It's no surprise then that Thom Yorke apparently hates the song, as Thom Yorke hates everything that normal people like, including his own tracks like "High and Dry" and "Creep". Besides "High and Dry", Yorke's distaste for "Creep" is well known, but you know one thing Yorke doesn't hate? Money, and now he's trying to make a lot of it from "Creep".
Well, not necessarily "Creep", but a Lana Del Rey
(really?) song that Yorke claims was ripped from "Creep". This weekend, Del Rey confirmed that she was being sued by Radiohead for copyright infringement in a case that sees Radiohead claiming that Del Rey copied elements of "Creep" for her track "Get Free".
Apparently, Yorke is trying to receive compensation from Del Rey, or to be listed as a songwriter for "Get Free", which would entitle him to royalties. Del Rey confirmed this and even mentioned that she generously offered 40 percent of the royalties, but Yorke wouldn't take anything less than 100.
If you give the side by side comparison up above a listen, you might notice that songs do sound a bit similar, as similar as two songs with minimal instrumentation and a slow pace would sound at least, but really, what is Yorke trying to prove? I haven't even gotten to the fact that Radiohead was successfully sued by The Hollies for plagiarizing off their track "The Air That I Breathe". And which Radiohead track did they say took from their song? "Creep", of course.
Like where does Yorke get off even trying to sue someone for plagiarizing a song that he plagiarized and was sued for? And this isn't even the first offense in the long list of Thom Yorke being a grouch. He's heckled protesters that asked him to not play a show in Israel, he's called Spotify a fart from a corpse, and he's generally spent his life being the opposite of whatever soft boy image he's tried to put across.
I mean, I never could bring myself to agree with anything FOX News ever says, but they were really spot on in this video.
Thom Yorke is really just a strange, malnourished and sad man, and he needs to leave Lana Del Rey alone.