While it’s their most heavily played and easily recognizable song, Radiohead’s Creep scrapes the bottom of the band’s pre-electro songwriting barrel. It’s been covered more than any other Radiohead song (except maybe Fake Plastic Trees, but I doubt it), but it’s never been as convincingly owned by another performer as by Mustard, a homeless man that Sirius XM hosts Opie & Anthony recently discovered while engaging in a bit of downtrodden exploitation for fucks and chuckles.
I stumbled across this video on BannedInHollywood in an insomnia-fueled pre-dawn blog blitz this morning, and was surprised as hell to hear the soul pour out of this lost brother of Zach Galifianakis:
A Reddit user who goes by ‘fingerrockets’ shed light on the backstory:
“I listen to the O&A show daily at work so I’ll give a little back story here. When they brought this guy on they had no idea he could sing. It was just going to be a radio bit promoting their upcoming “homeless shopping spree.” During the interview it came up that he has written some songs and could play guitar. So they went and got the man a guitar (he did not own one himself) and he proceeded to shock the hell out of everyone.” BannedInHollywood’s got Mustard’s three other tracks for download, if you’re so inclined.
While we’re at it, I’ve been looking for an excuse to post this hot mess for a while now: a very long time ago, Eddie Vedder did an impromptu version of Creepas well, except he was drunk, didn’t know the words and really didn’t give much of a damn what it sounded like. Ask a Pearl Jam fanatic or do a search on Sean “Birdman” Gould for more info on the sessions that spawned this ugly duckling.