Shut Up and Sing, Creep?

I love these coincidences. Yesterday was also the day I finally got to hear Thom Yorke‘s solo album The Eraser, in full. I’m with All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen on this one: there’s nothing in Yorke’s music that wasn’t being done, better, by any host of lesser-known electronica artists, in the early 1990s. But as Boilen points out, Thom has that voice, and when he uses it to the full, The Eraser becomes something quite (quietly) exciting.

The stand-out cut has to be ‘Black Swan,’ for two simple reasons: a) it has a chorus, and b) that chorus has swear-words. You may have heard it, though probably not on daytime radio: it’s the song that goes, “This is fucked up, fucked up.” It’s oddly endearing.

But not to Noel Gallagher. This morning finds me perusing for the hell of it, and there’s Bigmouth Strikes Again.

“Thom Yorke sat a piano singing, ‘This is fucked up’ for half-an-hour. We all know that, Mr Yorke.

“Who wants to sing the news? No matter how much you sit there twiddling, going, ‘We’re all doomed,’ at the end of the day people will always want to hear you play ‘Creep’. Get over it.”

For actual wit, I prefer Elton John’s comment on Noel Gallagher, also issued this week, to The Sun of all newspapers. Gallagher, reckons Dame Elton, is

“an absolute twat who looks like Parker from Thunderbirds.”

The resemblance has, I believe, long been noted. At least Noel – like Elton – can write a tune that doesn’t need a swearword to be remembered.

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