WE JUST WANT TO STARE DREAMILY
INTO THOM'S CROOKED EYE ONE MORE TIME
Yeah, we miss 'em already, too. With Radiohead's 2008 tour winding up next month in Japan, we turn our weekend Eye towards England's finest post-modern rock sons. The intensity and depth of a Radiohead concert is a thing unto itself, a chance for happy shattering, a moment to participate in rather than just another show. But, they also make some damn fine live music, and with that in mind, we offer up ten killer diller examples of the band at their finest.
We kick it off with a lovely reading of "Life In A Glasshouse" from BBC's Later With Jools Holland. This version features slightly woozy Dixieland horns led by recently departed BBC broadcaster and jazz booster Humphrey Lyttelton.
The swoony mood continues with this sultry take on "How To Disappear Completely."
Dig this goddamn sexy, tribal thumping "There There" at the 2003 Glastonbury Festival.
And here's an acoustic version of "There There" with just Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood captured at Electric Lady Studio. It's a testament to the elasticity and enduring quality of their songcraft that no matter the setting the tunes sparkle.
"Bodysnatchers" ranks amongst their best recent work, and this performance at the Main Square Festival in France earlier this year has some real flesh in its teeth.
From the band's November 9, 2007 live-in-the-studio webcast, we offer up their cover of New Order's "Ceremony."
This really well assembled 3-cam audience shot clip of "15 Step" at the 2006 Bonnaroo Festival offers gratuitous amount of Yorke noodle dancing. Delightful.
We return to Later in 1997 for a jittery, quite epic "Paranoid Android." As they point out, "God loves his children," but given the talents & blessings he bestowed on these boys, he loves them more than most of us!
Back to Jonny and Thom for a sweet acoustic version of ever-favorite "Karma Police." Check out the tiny little studio audience. How hard was that ticket to score?
We bid you adieu with a slippery, Kaos Pad slashed version of "Everything In Its Right Place" introduced with Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush." Goodnight and God bless, dear sirs. You make the world a better place.
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