One of the best videos I saw online this week was Carrie Manolakos’ haunting cover of the classic Radiohead song “Creep,” recorded earlier this month at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. According to Gawker’s Neetzan Zimmerman, who posted the video, Menolakos is a former Broadway actress who you may recognize from a turn as Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (although admittedly, I did not), and she is promoting a debut album by the name of “Echo.”
The cover is amazing (listen for yourself) and really allows Manolakos to show off her prodigious vocal ability. I also find it really cool how well Radiohead’s songs lend themselves to interpretation. Another classic example of this is Gnarls Barkley’s cover of the song “Reckoner” from Radiohead’s “In Rainbows” album, a cover I regularly return to for Cee-Lo Green’s singular vocals. Digging around the YouTubes, I was also able to turn up some more noteworthy Radiohead covers: most notably, Weezer doing “Paranoid Android” and Regina Spektor trying her hand at “No Surprises.”
Of course, Radiohead is known to do a cover every now and then as well–to fantastic effect. Their cover of The Smiths’ “The Headmaster Ritual” is on par with the original, as far as I’m concerned, and watching the band rock out in the studio only makes it better.