Prince isn’t the most prolific person on Twitter, but his batting average is provenly high. His latest gift is a link to his cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” a version that appeared in his 2008 Coachella set.
The eight-and-a-half-minute version luxuriates in the English band’s 1992 debut single, with the wavy, crunchy instrumental vibe intact underneath Prince’s croons and falsetto ad-libs. Plus, yeah, #guitarsolos, plural. By the midway point, you're convinced this might not even be a cover but an alternate reality where the Purple One actually wrote the song and turned it into a calling card of his own.
The “Creep” cover was uploaded back in October but evidently blocked by Prince’s team. Now the caption on user Miles Hartl’s video reads, “’Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song.’ -Thom Yorke. … Copyright reserved to RADIOHEAD, the original authors of this song, who have granted me permission to upload this video through the above remarks.”
Setlist.fm says the same Coachella set saw Prince covering the Beatles’ “Come Together,” Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” (!), the B-52s’ “Rock Lobster” (!!) and Santana—three times. Covers have always been part of Prince’s unpredictable potpourri of a live show, from Sly & the Family Stone to Aretha Franklin to Louis Armstrong to Janet Jackson and Led Zeppelin.