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Radiohead gave its blessing to this epic ‘Creep’ cover by Prince
After 7 years, you can finally watch the performance.
Great news, music fans.
The saga started in 2008, when YouTuber Miles Hartl uploaded a video he’d taken of the performance to his channel. Hours later, the clip was taken down and replaced with a message from Prince’s label, NPG records, claiming copyright violation.
Considering the song wasn’t Prince’s or NPG’s to begin with, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke was confused by the entire situation.
When asked about it in a 2008 interview, Yorke had this to say:
Really? He’s blocked it? Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment. Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our… song.
Despite getting the band’s approval, Prince still held out on reinstating the video. That is, until this week.
Monday, after seven years of silence on the issue (and seemingly out of the blue), the rocker tweeted a link to Hartl’s original video, live and back in action.
Hartl has since updated the video’s description to Yorke’s quote, just to be safe.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.