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Amanda Palmer’s Radiohead Ukulele Covers Out Now

Amanda Palmer has played some Radiohead covers in the past. On her own (Creep) and with her band Dresden Dolls (Karma Police). But now she has released a full EP with Radiohead songs on Ukulele.

The vinyl release of “Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele” has already sold out. It was limited to only 1000 copies on translucent cherry-red vinyl. But you can still get the digital download of the 7 tracks (as 320k mp3, FLAC, etc) over here.

Amanda Palmer recorded Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, High And Dry, No Surprises, Idioteque, Exit Music (for a film) and two versions of Creep. You can pay what you want, but there’s a minimum charge of 40 cents per track.

<a href="http://music.amandapalmer.net/album/amanda-palmer-performs-the-popular-hits-of-radiohead-on-her-magical-ukulele">Fake Plastic Trees by Amanda Palmer</a>

Update: Spinner reports on Palmer’s ‘Pay-What-You-Want’-Model, earlier used by Radiohead, but without the minimum transaction fees Palmer charges. Spinner: Now she is laughing all the way to her PayPal account, for website Bandcamp, which is hosting this release, reckons she made $15,000 (£9,700) in three minutes.

This is a coup for the San Francisco-based firm, that provides a platform for artists to sell both physical and digital music via their own pages. In the first day, Palmer sold 4,000 digital EPs, though much of the money came from deluxe packages, many of which sold out.

All her vinyl EPs cleared out, including bundles with T-shirts and badges. Also available were hand-painted ukes that went for $1,000 (£650) a pop — including a phone call from the artist herself singing one of her covers.

12 Comments

  • ouch.

  • :-)

  • ouch is right. perhaps this woman is good in her own right but the only thing that’s relevant to this cover and the radiohead version is the literal definition of the song title with a “y” added to the end.
    but alas…….these are my twisted words

  • The Palmer covers are horrible. What was she thinking?

  • Idioteque is pretty good, I think. I didn’t care for the rest, to be honest.

  • can we take this off as news, just contributing to her horrible covers

  • I thought they were pretty awesome. If you don’t listen to Palmer…you probably didn’t like it.

    EVEN if you don’t listen to her music, Creep (hungover at soundcheck in Berlin) is brilliant.

  • I like it – she’s a great entertainer.

    also – ‘minimum transaction fees Palmer charges’ is only there to pay radiohead’s royalties for use of the songs, so off your soap box please.

  • I don’t know what’s worse, the mere idea of covering “Creep” with a ukulele, the pointless way she attacked the performance (why not add something of your own to the tune?), or cavalcade of onlookers who fancy themselves singers, obscure Palmer’s vocals (which are actually good).

    Sorry to be a downer, but I was really looking forward to this, and had high expectations :)

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