One hit song can make a career -- Carly Rae Jepsen will probably still be cashing "Call Me Maybe" checks after she checks into a nursing home. But not all musicians are happy about it. Sometimes they slap together what they think is their worst song, only to see it become the hit that makes them famous. Among the iconic hits that became their singer's nemesis, you'll find ...
5Radiohead -- "Creep"
"Creep" was the song that broke Radiohead into the mainstream, because for some reason an angst-ridden, atmospheric alt-rock anthem about being an alienated nobody instantly connected with teenagers in the 1990s. With the success of that song, Radiohead became a Top 40 band almost overnight and began touring nonstop, while soul-patched doucheketeers in coffee shops around the world began the storied tradition of playing "Creep" on open mic night to try to impress girls with the sustained high note in the bridge.
It didn't just connect with kids, either. Everyone loved "Creep" -- the song was rated No. 31 on VH1's Top 100 Songs of the '90s, and it re-entered the charts as a single in the U.K. when Radiohead's greatest hits album was released in 2008 (16 years after its original debut), which is a feat normally only accomplished by dead musicians.
"Does it count if I wish I were dead?"
Everyone loved the song ... that is, except for Radiohead's frontman, Thom Yorke.
Even though Radiohead had skyrocketed to worldwide fame, at the time they were only famous because of "Creep." People would show up to Radiohead concerts just to hear that song and then leave, which frustrated the famously temperamental Yorke to no end (despite the fact that Radiohead deliberately capitalized on its success by specifically touring in countries where it was popular).
"How are we feeling tonight, Creepatonia? Are you ready to cry?!"
Worse yet (in Yorke's eyes), people were connecting Yorke himself with the song, believing that he was the lonely, depressed subject of its narrative. He quickly grew to despise "Creep" for making him a poster boy for self-loathing (in addition to, and we cannot stress this enough, making his band both popular and relevant). He rechristened the song "Crap," and displayed about as much affection for it as that would suggest (Yorke claims that Radiohead "sucked Satan's cock" when they rode "Creep" to stardom, a statement likely made from within the mansion that Satan's cock paid for).
When fans inevitably request "Creep," Yorke has responded on various occasions by telling them to fuck off, storming offstage, and inexplicably calling everyone in the audience "anally retarded," which is an affliction we cannot begin to imagine. The band has even asked other artists they tour with to play it for them, just so they won't have to. Keep in mind that tickets to see Radiohead routinely sell for hundreds of dollars, so imagine paying that price, as a fan, only to see their biggest hit get sweatily mashed out by an unwashed Moby. That is exactly how Thom Yorke feels about "Creep."
"Who here wants to see the entire world go fuck itself?"