As part of a UK press tour, Ryan Adams stopped by BBC Radio 2’s Dermont O’Leary Show yesterday for an interview and in-studio performance. Stand-in host Jo Wiley asked Adams about his upcoming album Prisoner (out February 17) and the singer/songwriter performed its most recent single “Doomsday.”
Adams also played an apropos cover he claimed to have worked out just that morning: a mournful acoustic-guitar-based cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police.” Here’s what he had to say about his choice of song:
“I woke up this morning and I was jetlagged, and I had a full day of press. But I wanted to do a couple of covers. And I know plenty, but I wanted to do something new that I hadn’t done before….I don’t know if I’ve learned it in a great new and interesting way, but I also thought it’s fitting, because there’s a pretty awful person who just got elected in the United States. So I don’t know why, but that song popped into my head this morning.”
Listen to Ryan’s cover of the song below via Soundcloud, and the entirety of the BBC show here.
For good measure, check out Adams’ jamming on some of Kid A’s “Everything in Its Right Place” back in 2002: