Jackson Tujo

The Funeral Portrait Redefines "Creep" for a New Generation

Music Scene Media
Jun 18, 2023
1 min read
Photo by Jackson Tujo

“Creep” by Radiohead is an iconic track and can certainly be considered the song of a generation. If you have ever felt different or like an outsider, “Creep” makes you feel seen. The Funeral Portrait offers their take on the classic and goes one step further by donating all proceeds of their cover to The Hot Topic Foundation to support LGBTQIA+ charities. A haunting version of a classic, The Funeral Portrait adds a My Chemical Romance flair to the Radiohead classic.

The Funeral Portrait are veterans of the emo genre, having toured with bands at the top of the modern rock genres such as Underoath, Starset, and PVRIS. Their tracks “Paper Mache Man” and “Holy Water” were once mainstays of the top rock radio stations as well as SiriusXM Octane. Lately they have had a resurgence with tracks such as “Voodoo Doll” and “Alien” providing a refreshing and new take on the emo genre.

The Funeral Portrait’s version of “Creep” feels uplifting, it feels like an anthem for a generation that is constantly in the headlines for everything they do “wrong”. While the original “Creep” was the anthem for a generation that was largely ignored and unseen. TFP’s version certainly does have the same somber vibes but rather than subdued and tortured it feels grand and massive. It adds the glamour and flair that so many of my generation fell in love with when MCR's "The Black Parade" came out.

The Funeral Portrait are going through a resurgence as of late with an intentional and grand attack to their releases and “Creep” could have easily been a misfire. However, their cover of “Creep” is executed beautifully as it offers something new to a marginalized group of a new generation while also keeping what makes the song so special. During a time where many are called “creeps” for being themselves, The Funeral Portrait proclaims loudly that it is okay to be different and to be who you are. 

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