Take Cover! Sparklehorse And Thom Yorke Vs. Pink Floyd

When is a cover song better than the original? Only you can decide. This week: Sparklehorse And Thom Yorke take on Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here.” MAGNET’s Edward Fairchild pulls the pin. Take cover!

This reverent rendition of the lonely stoner anthem appeared on the soundtrack for 2005 skater film Lords Of Dogtown. Thom Yorke adds something the original didn’t have: distance; the Radiohead frontman sings his part over the phone from a hotel room. The sounds you hear at the end? He’s switching the channels on his television.

The Cover:

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5 replies on “Take Cover! Sparklehorse And Thom Yorke Vs. Pink Floyd”

Roger Water’s version from his live album, In The Flesh is the best version of the song. Roger wrote the song and he understands it.

Radiohead’s version is pathetic. He changed Roger’s verse with the word “fears” to “tears” which is sacriligeous to mess with the writing of the genius, Roger Waters.

This Sparklehorse and Thom Yorke version came out in the mid 90’s…not in 2005, it was a one off single meant as a tribute not a version to compete with the original. Also the verse that was changed is being sung by Mark Linkous of Sparklhorse, not Thom Yorke. Thom’s part is actually quite small in this recording…hear the voice in the distance…that’s his. That’s why this is listed everywhere as a Sparklehorse song faeturing Thom Yorke…not, I repeat a Radiohead song. Get your facts straight before you start laying out blame.
And for the record, Sparklehorse is quite a terrific band as well if you give them half a chance.

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