October 11, 2013


Thom Yorke & Flea's Supergroup Atoms for Peace Cover Marvin Gaye

The fall tour from Atoms for PeaceRadiohead frontman Thom Yorke's dont-call-'em-a-supergroup supergroup, also featuring Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea and producer Nigel Godrich—hit Mexico City's Pepsi Center Thursday night. Funkiness, digital bleeps, spicy percussion and Yorke's zany dancing certainly ensued, as did a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," which is hands down the sexiest thing Yorke has in his repertoire. Watch the performance above.

What's particualrly interesting, though, is the cover choice. Perhaps you've heard of Robin Thicke, aka the guy whose crotch Miley Cyrus twerked up against at the VMAs. Well, he's also a singer with a hit song called "Blurred Lines," and he's been accused of ripping off Gaye's "Got to Give It Up" on his mega-hit single featuring T.I. and Pharrell (and a video featuring a bunch of naked hot models).

First, this summer, Thicke preemptively sued Gaye's family in an attempt to protect "Blurred Lines" in the face of alleged litigation threats from Gaye's family and their publisher Bridgeport Music. Thicke then apparently offered a six-figure settlement, which the Gaye family declined, suggesting they're planning another lawsuit. 

Still, Pharrell insists "Blurred Lines" doesn't rip off Gaye: "If you read music, all you have to do is read the sheet music," he said. "It's completely different."

What do you guys think? Watch Atoms for Peace's cover above.