New Radiohead Album Preview Track-by-Track with Thom Yorke All True No Lies OK

Hi I’m Thom Yorke and secretly we have made a new Radiohead album. I say secretly; it is kind of our job and it’s a bit like saying Carphone Warehouse have secretly been selling phones. BUT ANYWAY being famous is hard.

1. [ X ]

“This is a song about the last election.”

2. Connect Alienation (The Leviathan)

“Jonny and me always used to listen to Miles Davis and he used to do this thing with his trumpet that made it sound like a purple bassoon; that’s the kind of thing we tried to do on here, only with more electronic equipment. Lyrically, it’s about capitalism”

2. The Spandex Revels

“Phil has one of those shakey instruments – maracas? That’s the one. He shakes them sometimes when we’re doing songs that don’t need drumming or computers. Anyway, when we were touring in South Korea in the late 90s he came across these electronic maracas that we used in OK Computer, to do the robot voice bit on Fitter Happier. Anyway, 15 years later, we were in South Wales looking for a Greggs and this song kind of popped into my head like I guess they did for Florian Schneider. Anyway, it’s mainly about a new ice age.”

3. Track 2

“Jonny’s always had this idea about doing an album that’s mainly made of track 2′s – except track 1, obviously – hence why there’s 2 track 2s and track 3 is called track 2. There’s a kind of ghost echo which I guess represents capitalism and Nigel reversed the whole thing and made it Spanish so it’s also about Obama.”

4. Slash/Slash/Slash

“As a band we used to embrace computers, what with me and Stanley using them to write emails to eachother, and also I had one of those blue iMacs. But in the past few years with streaming and also pitchfork the music industry is collapsing into a  farting death spiral, brought about mainly due to record companies being run by idiots. So we wrote a song about it. The main refrain, ‘you stamp on us, you stamp on us, you stamp on us’ is taken from a text the owners of EMI sent to us before they went bust. Also, my iMac broke and at the Apple store they said I’d voided the warranty because I tried to use it in the sea”

5. Crunchy Wi-Fi Interlude

“This is a kind of sequel to Fitter Happier that I wrote when chatting to Jonny about Rasputin – the man, not the song. He was an interesting guy but not really someone you’d want hanging around. That got me thinking about Putin, and of course the Eurozone.”

6. Lesbos

“Oh the refugee crisis has been pretty awful. I’d been learning the accordian and it just fitted the subject. Phil was really into his kittens so it all came together in about half an hour.”

7. Fffffffffffffffff

“This is the last track and most of the second side. It’s a song that came about because of anger, really. Mostly anger at the left’s inability to do anything useful, and also because of the right, and the middle. Our kids are growing up to be instagram demagogues and stuff. It’s all really messed up. Anyway this song is mostly about Colin, because he’s the bassist.”

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