The Beatles vs. Radiohead

Scott points out the similarities between Radiohead‘s 1997 track “Karma Police” and The Beatles‘ 1968 song “Sexy Sadie”

There’s a pretty obvious similarity here in both piano parts. Have a listen:

The Beatles - "Sexy Sadie" (1968)
Radiohead - "Karma Police" (1997)

You might also want to check out:
Jet – “Look What You’ve Done” (2004) vs. The Beatles – “Sexy Sadie” (1968)




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8 Replies to “The Beatles vs. Radiohead”

  1. Pete

    “Look What You’ve Done” by Jet (2003) goes one better. Verses sound like Radiohead’s “Black Star” (1995) while the chorus directly lifts from, you guessed it – “Sexy Sadie”

    The Beatles – “Sexy Sadie”
    Sexy Sadie, what have you done?
    You made a fool of everyone…

    Jet – “Look What You’ve Done”:
    Oh, look what you’ve done
    You’ve made a fool of everyone…


  2. Sam

    From what I remember Thom Yorke or one of the band members of Radohead did confirm the similarities between Karma Police & Sexy Sadie. I think that The Beatles are a huge influence on Thom, and used the same kind of cords to pay a little homage to The Beatles, many could even call Karma Police “Radiohead’s Beatle-esque song”/”Radiohead’s Beatles Tribute Song”.

    Not to mention the opening piano of Karma Police sounds like Imagine by John Lennon


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