Hayley Williams' Cover of Radiohead's 'Fake Plastic Trees'

Laura Lee
Aug 15, 2020

Fans of Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams are in for a treat. Just recently, the American singer-songwriter delighted her worldwide followers with a surprise cover of the Radiohead’s 1995 hit “Fake Plastic Trees.” Williams decided to record her version of the song from the comfort of her home. Accompanied only by an acoustic guitar, the cover is raw, dreamy, and intimate – classic Hayley Williams style. According to the singer, she was reluctant about taking on the legendary rock band. However, after fans requested that she do a Radiohead cover, Williams had a change of heart and decided to just go for it. Recently, she took to her official Instagram page to talk about her latest release.

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“the last of the self-serenades for a while, anyway.” The singer wrote. She continued, adding, “the top requested song throughout my brief career in self-serenadism has been a @radiohead song. seemed sacrilegious at first until i realized that the band themselves have never once regarded what they do as precious or never-to-be-toyed with. they are never beholden to any one version of their expression and public affections don’t seem to sway them. so many times people thought they were at their best only for them to bloom more beautifully into something unexpected and unequivocally better. for a time i pretended to be over Radiohead (iiii knowwww) but good good things always find you and welcome you back. so, in admiration of one of the best bands of all time – and in humility to everyone who did *not* ask for this – here’s a self-serenade of “Fake Plastic Trees”. enjoy it if you can.”