Glee gets Creep-y
So Glee finally caught my attention today when I noticed that they had done a rendition/rip-off (whatever) of Radiohead’s "Creep", a song that, while not one of my favourites by the band, I still hold close to my heart as emblematic of my introduction to the wonderful world of alternative rock. Or “alt” as it used to be called.
Remember when anyone who listened to anything other than mainstream music was called “alt”? Back in the day when shopping at a thrift store was still weird and bellbottoms were only in for the second time? A magical time.
I’ve been holding my tongue about Glee for four years now, figuring hey, several million oh, everybody, can’t be wrong. Diplomatically, I was perfectly willing to live my life, blissfully letting the whole Glee phenomenon pass on by.
But, when I saw this article in Spin saying the show had finally come around to covering the easily adaptable Creep, curiosity got the better of me and I tuned in, expecting to at least be impressed by simple talent, maybe a bit of creativity, because a show this popular must have more to it than just syrupy, vapid gloss-ups of other people’s work, right? Right?
Well it was syrupy. And it was vapid. And boring and overdone. But I find that somehow comforting, because I know that my favourite songs are safe, never to be eclipsed by the tame affectations of the pop-culture creature that is Glee.