Regina Spektor covers Radiohead's 'No Surprises' for charity

Regina-SpektorRegina Spektor has just released a cover of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders. The 1997 original is very close to a perfect song, and for me it’s hard to imagine anyone but Thom Yorke singing it right. Spektor’s spare version, just her and a piano, has just about won me over, though. She’s smart enough not to distract from that heartbreakingly beautiful melody with any production tricks or vocal theatrics. Well done.

100 percent of the proceeds (both Spektor’s and Radiohead’s) are going to a very worthy cause: Doctors Without Borders provides crucial medical care to the victims of earthquakes, war, and other disasters around the world. So check out Spektor’s “No Surprises” after the jump (clip via Stereogum). Then, if you like it, please do consider spending $1.29 on it at iTunes.

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Comments (8 total) Add your comment
  • Radiohead Fan

    Beautiful cover for a great cause!

    Well done!

  • Sarah

    I didn’t think I’d like this at all (‘No Surprises’ is my favorite Radiohead song), but it actually is quite good. Unexpectedly beautiful.

  • Quirky

    Very nicely done. Still prefer the original Radiohead version but I’ve been becoming a big fan of Regina too since I saw her perform on the Craig Ferguson show a few months back. She’s like a lighter, whimsical version of Tori Amos.

  • grace

    Beautiful! I love both Radiohead and Regina:)

  • Ramo

    It’s fine I guess, but kinda meh for me. If it wasn’t for chartity I’d ask, what’s the point? As with most covers, I’d rather just listen to the original.

    • noggster

      its about a different interpretation of a great song. For example Ryan Adam’s interpretation of Wonderwall was so good that Noel Gallagher sings that version when he gives acoustic concerts. This one is ok. The piano sounds great but I prefer Thom York’s voice in this particular song.

  • 4rocket

    Her interpretation is beautiful, but the original will always be the most powerful version for me. Still, Regina did a great job, though. Her cover of John Lennon’s “Real Love” succeeded in bringing me to tears.

  • georgiana

    beautiful cover im buying!!!

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