Last night, Thom Yorke’s Atoms For Peace band played at the Pepsi Center in Mexico City, and they had a surprisingly funky choice of covers: Marvin Gaye’s dizzy 1977 groove “Got To Give It Up.” I’m not sure I’ve ever heard Yorke’s falsetto quite as smooth an unencumbered as it is on this live version. And while we’d all prefer to believe that Atoms For Peace covered the song just because it’s a party-soul classic and they’re all good enough musicians to do it justice, god knows it could also have something to do with the Gaye family’s ongoing legal dispute with Robin Thicke over the superficial similarities between this song and Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” Watch a fan-made video of the cover below.
Is Thom Yorke even aware of Robin Thicke? Have they ever been at an awards-show afterparty together? Can we all just agree to believe that Yorke, like every other reasonable human being on the planet, is a Marvin Gaye fan?