Listen: Ryan Adams Cover’s Radiohead’s ‘Karma Police’

Adams hints at "pretty awful person" Donald Trump

If art imitates life, let’s hope that art can be clairvoyant.

On a press junket for his upcoming album Prisoner, Ryan Adams stopped by BBC Radio 2’s Dermot O’Leary Show with Jo Whiley filling in. Adams chatted up the new record, and performed his “Doomsday“, which he had previously released on Donald Trump’s inauguration day. He then went on to cover Radiohead’s “Karma Police,” explaining the influence popped into his head one morning while thinking about the newly elected president.

Suffice it to say he’s hinting at something, as he explained:

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. 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. 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. And I thought, you know I’m gunna try and sing it.

Listen in to the full performance, or catch the cover at the 15:00 minute mark: