XM fratboys Opie and Anthony have been doing their “Homeless Shopping Spree” stunt- where around a dozen homeless men from the streets of New York City are given $100 each to blow in a posh local mall- for about ten years now.
It’s demeaning and horrible and cruel and exploitative, although any of those words can generally be used to describe any segment of Opie and Anthony’s radio show as a whole. But sometimes good things come out of squicky things, and this clip is an odd moment of joy in an otherwise abhorrent publicity stunt. One of the contestants in this years upcoming “Homeless Shopping Spree,” a man known simply as “Mustard,” was given a guitar to play a song (he doesn’t own one, being homeless and all.) The man did a simple, bluesy-gruff cover of Radiohead’s “Creep,” and it’s been getting passed around since because it’s pretty amazing.