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Vladimir Putin sings Radiohead’s ‘Creep’
11:57 am



Some evil genius took footage of Vladimir Putin singing Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” and somehow edited it to look like Putin is instead singing Radiohead’s “Creep.” It’s very Lynchian, to say the least, and not just because Putin looks like he could be the sibling of Twin Peaks actor Michael J. Anderson, AKA the “Man from Another Place.”

Creepy? Yes, it’s kinda creepy.

I almost fell for it at first until I did some digging around the Internet to find the video’s provenance. Good shit. Savor it.

via Stereogum

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Radiohead’s Thom Yorke in 1993: Bowie and Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’ is ‘the perfect pop song’
12:08 pm


David Bowie
Thom Yorke

One of the more startling musical transformations in our era was the one that Radiohead pulled off between their 1993 debut album Pablo Honey and their 1995 follow-up The Bends.

It wasn’t just Thom Yorke’s blond locks that cause quite a few critics to liken Pablo Honey to watered-down Nirvana. Pablo Honey got generally lukewarm-to-good reviews at the time—3 stars out of 5 from Rolling Stone, which is the same rating it currently receives at (it must be admitted that Stephen Thomas Erlewine’s brief review is far more charitable than that rating suggests). And Radiohead’s later successes haven’t shielded the album from vitriol. At Pitchfork, notoriously one of Radiohead’s most unshakable defenders, Scott Plagenhoef gave it a piddling 5.4 out of 10 as late as 2009.

Even that tepid Rolling Stone review ended with the words “Radiohead warrant watching,” but if you had said in 1993 that in less than a decade, Radiohead would be doing arenas with a highly worshipful following and the most ironclad critical reputation in all of rock music, that possibility would have seemed remote indeed. The Bends and OK Computer in 1997 were the astounding one-two punch that few saw coming and set Radiohead up to be the top rock band of the 2000s.

So when I come across a piece of Radiohead press from 1993, I’m inclined to pay attention. I was at the Library and Archives of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland recently, thumbing through a stack of old copies of Ray Gun magazine from the 1990s, something you can only do at a place like that. One of the 1993 issues had a little piece on Radiohead that was inexplicably formatted in an actually readable typeface (rare for that magazine). Here it is (if you click on it, the image will get quite large):

The last bit of the piece reports Yorke’s feelings on whether Radiohead qualifies as “pop” thus:

“Yesss,” he says slowly. “My definition of pop is tapping into something…. my ideal pop song is one that says something people want to hear lyrically and that grabs them by the neck musically. And one that has some sort of depth that moves it beyond a happy tune that you whistle at work. Songs like ‘Under Pressure,’ something that makes you want to fall down on your knees. That to me is the perfect pop song.”

More after the jump…

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Christian fundamentalist group reveals what we already knew: Thom Yorke of Radiohead is EVIL!

Thom Yorke is EVIL! (not really).
My DM colleague Tara McGinley posted about the unexplainable image of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on the cover of an Iranian sex manual called Marital and Sexual Problems in Men back in 2015. And since McGinley and I share many of the same curious interests, today I’d like to share another instance of Yorke’s visage being utilized to disseminate religious propaganda, this time by a Christian fundamentalist group called Generation for God. For some reason the group somehow wants us to believe that vices such as drug use, atheism, witchcraft and of course pornography have manifested themselves on Yorke’s mug. 

Because Radiohead is about as Satanic as ABBA I found the claim that Yorkes’ face was a conduit for all things Satanic rather amusing to say the least. Generation of God sent the strange image out via their page on Twitter which depicted Yorke’s face as possessing (or perhaps “possessed of” in this case) the following eight things that Satan will use to “enslave and destroy you”:

Avarice (aka Greed)
Disobedience to God’s Law
Witchcraft & Tarot

I’m going to go out on a big fat fake plastic tree limb here and say that I’m pretty sure many DM readers are big fans of most of the vices noted above so this “revelation” by GOG isn’t so much unflattering as it is straight up silly. And as you might imagine the response from fans of the band to the tweet were as hilarious as the original one from the goofy God groupies. So much so that I highly recommend you read through a few of them here.
H/T: Digital Music News

Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Ask A Grown Man: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke gives advice to teenage girls, is surprisingly uncreepy

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Radiohead release new single and video for ‘Burn the Witch’: Watch it here
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Here’s the video for Radiohead’s new single “Burn the Witch.” The claymation video was directed by Chris Hopewell.

As other people have said on the Internet, this is the first preview of what will be Radiohead’s ninth studio album.

I’m not sure if I like this or not. Perhaps I’ll warm up to it after a couple more plays. It’s still too hot off the presses to tell.

via CoS

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Listen to Radiohead’s unused theme for song for James Bond movie ‘Spectre’
08:36 am

Pop Culture

James Bond

Merry Christmas from Radiohead, who have just posted their unused theme song for the latest James Bond romp Spectre on social media today.

Commenting on Facebook the band explain:

Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre.

Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it.

Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.

Though many are called—few are chosen, and Radiohead now join the long list of (sadly) rejected artists whose songs are often better than the ones chosen—certainly true with this little number. Radiohead had been favorites to record the Spectre theme with one punter betting a staggering $22,000+ (£15k) on the band snagging the deal. Alas, it didn’t happen—so now the band have shared the song as a rather awesome Christmas present.


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Radiohead’s ‘Creep,’ arranged for bass clarinets, is absolutely wonderful
10:37 am



I got a chuckle last night when I saw, in NME’s Facebook feed, a breezy listicle called “Ten Geeky Facts about ‘Creep,’” trumpeting the 23rd anniversary of Radiohead’s breakthrough single. Evidently, in this content-starved, clamor-for-attention-on-Facebook economy in which all music writing is now duking it out, we don’t even wait for actual milestones to occur before we look nostalgically back. But I enjoyed the piece’s trivia items well enough—have to give it props for nakedly confessing its geekiness in the title—so fine, I’ll bite, I’ll join in on NME’s 23rd anniversary celebration of “Creep.” I don’t even celebrate my own birthday unless my age ends in a 0 or a 5, but what the hell, right?

Item 8 could have been an article in itself—a great one, really—as it deals in cover versions of the song. There’ve been plenty of those, and they range from Dunning-Krugerishly overwrought versions by unworthy hard rock bands (lookin’ at you, Korn) to transcendentally wonderful non-rock performances. Among the latter is my absolute favorite version of the song, a digital file of unknown provenance which I surely scored in the mid-oughts heyday of MP3 sharity blogs, a rendition of the song by a quartet of bass clarinetists. In seeking out the artist, I learned that this has been a thing for awhile—composer Cornelius Boots created the arrangement all the way back in 1997 (HAPPY 18TH ANNIVERSARY!), and a version by Edmund Welles gained some YouTube popularity in 2008. I searched through Welles’ recorded oeuvre to see if his version was the one I’d happened upon, but I was unable to find a studio recording of it. There are, however, a few live performances to be found, of which this is the best:

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So Radiohead named itself after ... Ned Ryerson from ‘Groundhog Day’? The truth revealed!

It’s common knowledge that Radiohead got its name from a song written by David Byrne called “Radio Head” that appears in the movie True Stories. What’s less well known is that Byrne wrote that song about Stephen Tobolowsky, a familiar character actor and raconteur whose signature role is Ned Ryerson in the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day.

This remarkable happenstance was revealed on Tobolowsky’s recent appearance on the Nerdist podcast hosted by Chris Hardwick. The story is told around the 40-45 minute stretch of that episode.

So what’s going on? Let’s start with the premise that Stephen Tobolowsky claims to be more than a little bit psychic. Add to it the fact that Tobolowsky is credited as one of the co-writers of True Stories, along with the playwright Beth Henley. So if nothing else, Tobolowsky and Byrne were hanging out a bit during the mid-1980s, while they toiled on this movie. (In the Nerdist interview, by the way, Tobolowsky says that Byrne threw out most of Tobolowsky’s contributions as a writer.)

In his college years, Tobolowsky more or less stumbled on psychic powers of considerable potency, if the stories he tells are to be believed at all. As he puts it, he developed the ability to “hear” or “read” people’s “tones,” that is, to intuit a whole lot of private and even situational information about a person just by being in the same room with him or her. One story involves blurting out that a quasi-mentor of his was living under an assumed name and that his initials were actually “M.L.” or “M.K.” (they were “M.K.,” in the event). He tells a couple more stories of that level of mind-boggling ability—stories that, if true, would cause quite a few skeptics to give up the argument entirely. Tobolowsky continues:

So my girlfriend Beth at the time thought, “We have a real money-making thing here! ... You know, we’ll have people pay a quarter or a dollar and have you read their tones.” She would round up people, bring ‘em in to the green room or whatever, and you would think it would be funny, but I would go, like, “Ah, you just got an inheritance and you want to know how you’re going to spend that money,” and they would get up and cry, and everyone would have these creepy, creepy, creepy feelings.

Beth loved me for it, and she thought, “This is so cool, what are my tones?” and I said, “I gotta quit doing this, because this is way creepy, and I don’t really like it.” So—while that nineteen furious days that we were working on True Stories, Beth says, “Tell David. Because David wants to put all these true stories in his movie, Stephen. Tell him the true story about you hearing tones.” And I said, “No, baby, no, I don’t want—” “No, tell him the story about you hearing tones.”

So I sat and told David the story of me hearing tones. And he looked and says, “You’re kidding!” And I said, “No, David, that’s really the story but I don’t do it anymore, I don’t like to do it anymore, it was too creepy, and I don’t like to do it anymore.”

So anyway—sure enough, a year later, David has written into True Stories a character that hears tones, and he wrote the song, that day he came over and played “Wild Wild Life,” he says, “Here is a song that I wrote for you, Stephen.” And we put it in the thing, and it was “Radio Head.”

[Hardwick gasps.]

“I’m pickin’ up somethin’ good…. Radio Head….”

So Radiohead got their name from the song David Byrne wrote based on my psychic experiences when I was in college!

Continues after the jump…

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So, what does the Internet think might be on the next Radiohead album?
09:36 am



There was once a time, long, long ago, when the casual music listening world would generally only learn about a new release when the single turned up on the radio, when the LP showed up on the NEW THIS WEEK! rack at the record store, or when they read a review after the fact of the release. Obsessives who pored over gossip columns in music magazines might have learned about a release maybe a month or so early. Today, of course, online fora can be all abuzz about a forthcoming album before its songs have even been written, and when a band’s fan base is as massive and rabid as Radiohead’s, the speculation begins ridiculously early—the apparently now defunct Green Plastic had a thread on the subject almost a year ago! Two of my favorite sites for Radiohead übergeekery, Citizen Insane and TKOL Part 2, have proffered some credible speculation as to what the still-hypothetical Radiohead album #9 might contain, based on hints dropped in interviews, info gleaned from the Atoms For Peace Reddit AMA, new songs registered with ASCAP, and fan videos of unreleased songs performed in concert. With Atoms For Peace’s tour precluding any Radiohead activity in the second half of 2013, and with the two songs recorded at Jack White’s Third Man studio in spring of 2012 seeming increasingly unlikely to surface the more time passes, I thought it might be an agreeable diversion to post an assortment of unreleased material that’s considered by the informed fandom likely to turn up on the next album. Understand this is intended to be neither exhaustive nor predictive, and I’m fully aware that that the more deeply fervent Radiohead fans among you already know some of this stuff and I unhesitatingly acknowledge how totally cool you are for having heard songs before most other people. Truly, the world is yours. This is just about having some fun and checking out some lesser-known but quality material by a great group whose last album is almost three years behind us and whose next offering remains a tantalizingly huge question mark. So off we go!

To start, there’s the very pretty “Skirting on the Surface.” It was a live staple of Thom Yorke’s solo performances over four years ago, but Radiohead took to playing it out in 2012. Though the solo piano versions one can find are quite stunning, I went with full band here.

Next up, “Identikit.” It’s been performed live a zillion times, and it’s known to be one of the songs from the Third Man sessions. There were plenty of versions of this on YouTube, but I got a kick out of this fan video cut from old cartoons.

“Cut A Hole” is another mighty nice tune that’s had some live exposure.

Infuriatingly, the only apparently extant version of “Come To Your Senses,” the existence of which has been known since 2006, and which was explicitly cited as a contender for a new recording by Thom Yorke in his October 2011 Rolling Stone interview, cuts off before even a minute passes. What’s there sounds awesome, reminiscent somewhat of Hail To The Thief‘s “Go To Sleep,” a big favorite of mine. I’m kind of rooting for this one to get finished and released one of these days.

“The Present Tense” is a contender that’s been performed this past fall on the Atoms For Peace tour, which doesn’t necessarily take it out of the running:

We’ll end this with “Full Stop,” often spelled “Ful Stop” based on a possible misspelling from a page of rehearsal notes that turned up in an eBay auction. It started appearing in concert in 2012.

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Bizarre Thom Yorke tattoo…
11:08 am

Pop Culture

Thom Yorke

This was posted to reddit a few days ago. There’s been some discussions as to whether not this is ‘shopped and exactly… who is the proud of owner of the tattoo? Honestly, I have no idea. But it looks real to me.

Via BuzzFeed

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Radiohead rocks hard in Chicago, 1993: Concert plus interview
07:31 pm


Radiohead Chicago 1993

I loved the first two Radiohead albums, Pablo Honey and The Bends. After that, I pretty much lost interest in the group’s recorded output. And lord knows I’ve tried to get into it. Their shows at Tramps (1995) and Hammerstein Ballroom (1997) were among the best live concerts I’ve seen. Two albums, two concerts, not bad.

This is a remarkable set from 1993 performed at Chicago’s Metro. Good quality video and audio. There’s a post-concert interview with Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood.

00:00 You
03:42 Prove Yourself
06:21 The Bends
10:23 Vegetable
13:29 Creep
17:36 Ripcord
20:53 Faithless the Wonder Boy
24:24 How Do You?
26:56 Stop Whispering
32:05 Inside My Head
35:35 Anyone Can Play Guitar
39:26 Pop Is Dead

Watch at 720p.


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Radiohead live at Bonnaroo 2012: 25 songs in two hours and 20 minutes
04:14 pm


Bonnaroo 2012

Radiohead’s entire set at this year’s Bonnaroo fest.

01 Bloom
02 15 Step
03 Kid A
04 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
05 Staircase
06 The Daily Mail
07 I Might Be Wrong
08 The Gloaming
09 Separator
10 Nude
11 Morning Mr. Magpie
12 Identikit
13 Lotus Flower
14 There There
15 Karma Police
16 Feral
17 Idioteque
18 You And Whose Army?
19 House Of Cards
20 Supercollider (dedicated to Jack White)
21 Bodysnatchers
22 True Love Waits / Everything In Its Right Place
23 Give Up The Ghost
24 Reckoner
25 Paranoid Android

I suggest you watch in 720p.

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Radiohead’s complete two-hour Coachella 2012 set
02:24 pm



Image via Fuck Yeah Random British Indie Bands Tumblr

Radiohead’s complete Coachella headlining set from last night.

At 1:27:30 Thom Yorke introduces “Everything In Its Right Place” with an a cappella snippet of Neil Young’s “After the Goldrush.” Nice!

Bloom 1
15 Step
Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
Morning Mr. Magpie
The Gloaming
Pyramid Song
The Daily Mail
Karma Police
Lotus Flower
There There

Everything In Its Right Place
(With “After The Gold Rush” intro)
Encore 2:
Give Up the Ghost
Paranoid Android


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Scenes from the Dangerous Minds party + one VERY unexpected guest DJ!

Chris Holmes
Some scenes from inside last week’s Dangerous Minds-hosted SXSW party in Los Angeles held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Masonic Lodge. On the big screen were live performances simulcast from the Sub Pop Records SXSW Showcase in Austin featuring Spoek Mathambo, THEESatiscation and Niki + The Dove. The event was produced by Natalie Montgomery and curated by Tara McGinley (ME!), and executive produced by Largetail.

Seen in the crowd were Radiohead, Elizabeth Olsen, members of OK Go, artist Tim Biskup,  Amber Tamblyn, Jeff Garland, Aziz Ansari and more. The event was catered by Cool Haus, Grill ‘Em All and Mandoline Grill.

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Inside Masonic Lodge as event is beginning
America’s Funnyman, Neil Hamburger was the event’s MC. His act went over the heads of most attendees—say 80%—but for those more familiar with his unique comedic stylings, the obvious audience discomfort made his shtick even more hilarious that night.
A lot more photos after the jump!

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‘You’re a Creep, Charlie Brown!’
12:21 pm


Charlie Brown

Good grief, Charlie Brown! Could your life get any bleaker? Once you hear Vega Choir’s cover of “Creep” set to visuals of Charlie Brown’s oh so very tragic life, you’ll see just just how bleak it can get. :’( 

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Creepy Christian twin sisters pantomime to Radiohead’s ‘Street Spirit’
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Street Spirit
Stella and Ella

Yeah, it’s a bit Christmas-y, but don’t let that distract from the hypnotic interpretive dance performed by twin sisters Stella and Ella.

The below video was redubbed by Tom Blunt.

(via Christian Nightmares)

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