Today marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Radiohead’s first single. Radiohead’s label released Creep on September 21st 1992.
The single from the band’s debut album Pablo Honey didn’t do much after its initial release in the UK. The track didn’t chart any higher than 78 in the singles top 100. But in Israel and the US the single was well received, ending up in a re-release in 1993. In the US a radio version was issued, replacing ‘fucking special’ with ‘very special’.
The band were sued because of similarities to The Hollies’ The Air That I Breathe. The band had to credit Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood as a co-writers.