Ryan Adams Covers Radiohead's 'Karma Police,' Calls Trump 'A Pretty Awful Person'

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Ryan Adams attends the Capitol Records 75th anniversary gala at Capitol Records Tower on Nov. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles.

Ryan Adams stopped by BBC Radio 2 with Dermot O’Leary on Saturday (Jan. 28) -- though Jo Whiley filled in for O’Leary -- where he discussed his new album and performed two songs.

The singer/songwriter gifted listeners with his performance of “Doomsday” -- off his upcoming album Prisoner, due out Feb. 17 -- and also offered a stripped-down cover of Radiohead’s OK Computer classic “Karma Police.”

Adams discussed his decision to play “Karma Police” on air with Whiley, citing the current unrest in the United States.

“I woke up this morning and I was jet-lagged, and I had a full day of press," explained Adams. "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... So I went, ‘What are two or three songs I could try to learn before I have to go to my first thing?’ And this was one."

He continued on about his cover choice: "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 Adams’ performances of “Doomsday” and “Karma Police” below.


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