This girl then unexpectedly showed up at one of the band’s gigs, making Yorke feel nervous.
In September 1992, Creep was released as Radiohead’s first single. During rehearsalsw ith their producers, Thom Yorke flippantly said of Creep, “This is our Scott Walker song.” The producers took this comment to mean that the song was a cover of something by the velvety voiced singer of the sixties group, The Walker Brothers. So the song was put aside while others were recorded.
After laying down several other songs with disappointing results the producers, Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie, asked the band to play Creep again and after a single take, spontaneous applause within the room signified that Creep was the track that should be released as a single. The reassurance that it was an original song sealed the deal.
Initially, Creep was not a chart success, however, it was rereleased the following year and became a huge hit worldwide. The first country it was successful in was Israel when a radio DJ, called Yoav Kutner, played it repeatedly after being introduced to it by a local representative of EMI Music.
The band members started to become a little resentful of it as their audiences showed little interest in their other material at concerts. Creep was the song they all wanted to hear. Radiohead dropped it from their set lists in 1998 and only started playing it again live in 2001.
A slight problem followed, when it was noted that there were similarities to a song called The Air That I Breathe, a hit for The Hollies, in 1973. As a result of the same chord progression and bridge melody, Radiohead was successfully sued by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazelwood, the writers of The Air That I Breathe. Hammond and Hazelwood are now credited as co-writers of Creep.