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29th Oct '16 5:01:23 PM stuffedninja
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* CreepyMonotone:
** "Fitter Happier." It's also a MachineMonotone.

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* CreepyMonotone:
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CreepyMonotone: "Fitter Happier." It's also a MachineMonotone.
26th Oct '16 8:21:11 PM EllaMegablast
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** The ending of ''Kid A''; the final track, "Motion Picture Soundtrack", has an angelic atmosphere (what with the harps and such) and bows out on the line "I will see you in the next life". Additionally, the HiddenTrack that plays after this is considered to portray that "next life".
** The ending of the "Pyramid Song" music video, [[spoiler: after the protagonist, apparently the sole survivor of an [[WorldWreckingWave Earth-wrecking flood,]] commits suicide to rejoin his family.]]

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** The ending of ''Kid A''; A'': the final track, "Motion Picture Soundtrack", has an angelic atmosphere (what with the harps and such) and bows out on the line "I will see you in the next life". Additionally, the HiddenTrack that plays after this is considered to portray represent that "next life".
** The ending of the "Pyramid Song" music video, [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after the protagonist, apparently the sole survivor of an [[WorldWreckingWave Earth-wrecking flood,]] commits suicide to rejoin his family.]]



** ''Kid A'' ends with "Motion Picture Soundtrack" and a hidden track that seems to represents Heaven or "the next life."

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** ''Kid A'' ends with "Motion Picture Soundtrack" and a hidden track that seems to represents represent Heaven or "the next life."



* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The "Daydreaming" video, which has Thom walking through doors that lead him to different locations entirely that are uncharacteristic of the doors that led him there. Examples include him leaving a dark hallway and entering a forest, and him going out of another dark corridor and onto a beach.

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* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The "Daydreaming" video, which has Thom walking through doors that lead him to different locations entirely that are uncharacteristic of the doors that led him there. Examples include him leaving a dark hallway and entering a forest, and him going out of another dark corridor and onto a beach.



** The music video for "Just" begins with a man lying down in the middle of the street and refusing to budge. As people gather, they ask him silently--the video is subtitled--why he's lying there. After repeatedly refusing to answer, he finally caves in. The camera zooms in on his mouth as he's speaking, but with the subtitles suddenly removed, [[TheUnReveal the audience has no idea what he's saying.]] The final scene of the video is of all the people around him lying on the ground in the same posture, his words presumably having had the exact same effect on them as on him.

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** The music video for "Just" begins with a man lying down in the middle of the street and refusing to budge. As people gather, they ask him silently--the silently -- the video is subtitled--why subtitled -- why he's lying there. After repeatedly refusing to answer, he finally caves in. The camera zooms in on his mouth as he's speaking, but with the subtitles suddenly removed, [[TheUnReveal the audience has no idea what he's saying.]] The final scene of the video is of all the people around him lying on the ground in the same posture, his words presumably having had the exact same effect on them as on him.



* DeusAngstMachina: ''The Bends'' is an album that goes on and on about the emptiness, pain and futility of life, [[SubvertedTrope though]] [[AnAesop the last line on the album proposes]] [[ThePowerOfLove a solution]].
-->''Immerse your soul in love...''

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* DeusAngstMachina: ''The Bends'' is an album that goes on and on about the emptiness, pain and futility of life, life. [[SubvertedTrope though]] However]], [[AnAesop the last line on the album proposes]] [[ThePowerOfLove a solution]].
-->''Immerse your soul in love...love.''



** "Street Spirit" ends with Thom jumping up into the air in slow-motion -- and never coming back down, but just hovering in midair.

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** "Street Spirit" ends with Thom jumping up into the air in slow-motion -- and never coming back down, but just hovering in midair.down.



* GhibliHills: The peaceful "Codex" sounds like this trope. See also the [[http://www.greenplastic.com/radiohead-lyrics/the-king-of-limbs/codex/ lyrics.]]



** Thom [[DiscussedTrope discussed this]] in an ''OK Computer''-era interview: apparently, an early working title for what would become "Nude" was "Your Home Is At Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Repayments". He dropped it because it wasn't catchy enough.



** The climax of "Exit Music (for a Film)" is probably the most awesome way someone could imagine the phrase: "Now we are one in everlasting peace" being sung. (To be fair, the line is actually about [[spoiler:the two protagonists being TogetherInDeath]]).

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** The climax of "Exit Music (for a Film)" is probably the most awesome way someone could imagine the phrase: "Now we are one in everlasting peace" being sung. (To be fair, the line is actually about [[spoiler:the two protagonists being TogetherInDeath]]).



** A lot of the band members have remarked that ''Hail to the Thief'' in particular was an album they wish they could have went back to; Thom, Ed, and Colin all seem to agree that the album was filled with too many songs and not edited well enough, which was in part a result of their more spontaneous recording process.
** ''Pablo Honey'' seems to go without saying by both the band and the fanbase (although Jonny, curiously, has come to think of it as slightly underrated in recent years).

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** A lot of the band members have remarked that ''Hail to the Thief'' in particular was an album they wish they could have went gone back to; Thom, Ed, and Colin all seem to agree that the album was filled with too many songs and not edited well enough, which was in part a result of their more spontaneous recording process.
** ''Pablo Honey'' seems to go without saying by both the band and the fanbase (although Jonny, curiously, has come to think of it as slightly underrated in recent years).underrated).



* NewSoundAlbum: ''Kid A,'' ''Amnesiac,'' ''In Rainbows,'' and ''A Moon Shaped Pool.''
** Really, [[GenreBusting every album]] is a NewSoundAlbum. They don't so much depart from the formula as just not have one.
** ''The King of Limbs.''

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Kid A,'' ''Amnesiac,'' ''In Rainbows,'' and ''A Moon Shaped Pool.''
** Really, [[GenreBusting
A'' takes the cake, but really, every album]] album is a NewSoundAlbum. They don't so much depart from the formula as just not have one.
** ''The King of Limbs.''
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** Ed seems to be donning a similar hat in their live performances.

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** Ed seems to be donning donned a similar hat in their live performances.performances for ''The King Of Limbs''.



* NonAppearingTitle: So many. "Idioteque," "Paranoid Android" (''almost'' though, if you listen to the robotic backing vocals), "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box," "Cuttooth," "Talk Show Host," "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy," "Codex," "Worrywort," "Motion Picture Soundtrack," "Exist Music (For A Film)," etc. That's not to say that the titles have nothing to do with the lyrics or music; the association is just a little roundabout (or a lot...).

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* NonAppearingTitle: So many. "Idioteque," "Paranoid Android" (''almost'' though, [[note]]''almost'', if you listen to the robotic backing vocals), vocals[[/note]], "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box," "Cuttooth," "Talk Show Host," "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy," "Codex," "Worrywort," "Motion Picture Soundtrack," "Exist Music (For A Film)," etc. That's not to say that the titles have nothing to do with the lyrics or music; the association is just a little roundabout (or a lot...).lot).



* NothingIsScarier:
** Nobody knows what the horrible thing that "Kid A" represented to Thom Yorke was.
** Or why the man was laying down in the music video for "Just."



** "Where I End and You Begin" starts off as a basic (for this band) love song with some dark themes of disconnection. [[FromBadToWorse It gets]] [[ImAHumanitarian worse.]]

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** "Where I End and You Begin" starts off as a basic (for this band) love song with some dark themes of disconnection. [[FromBadToWorse It then gets]] much [[ImAHumanitarian worse.weirder.]]



** "Kid A," which has one of the band's (relatively speaking) softest instrumentals. Of course, the lyrics are cryptic and a little horrifying upon further reflection.

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** "Kid A," which has one of the band's (relatively speaking) softest instrumentals. Of course, the lyrics are cryptic and a little horrifying upon further reflection.



* OnlySaneMan: Ed and Phil are the only ones who stand still during live performances. Meanwhile, Thom is dancing around the stage and going absolutely nuts, Jonny gets down on his knees and beats the hell out of his guitar every time he rips a sick guitar solo while his hair flies all over the place as if it has a mind of its own, and Colin repetitively pigeon necks while stepping around in circles like he's playing VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution.



* RealPersonFic: A [[VocalMinority small but vocal community]] on atease is notorious for this. They're called [[FanNickname cheesecakers]] for an infamous slash fic involving [[{{Rule34}} Thom Yorke,]] [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe,]] [[{{Rule34}} and (you guessed it) cheesecake,]] and have a [[http://www.cheesecakearchive.info/ website]] dedicated to archiving slash fics (there is little Radiohead fanfic out there that isn't slash in some way, shape, or form).

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* RealPersonFic: A [[VocalMinority small but vocal community]] on atease is notorious for this. They're called [[FanNickname cheesecakers]] for an infamous slash fic involving [[{{Rule34}} Thom Yorke,]] Yorke]], [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe,]] Stipe]], [[{{Rule34}} and (you guessed it) cheesecake,]] and have a [[http://www.cheesecakearchive.info/ website]] dedicated to archiving slash fics (there is little Radiohead fanfic out there that isn't slash in some way, shape, or form).



* SceneryGorn: Parts of the ''Kid A'' artwork, the blips especially. Stick figures bleed to death in the snow, their corpses are tossed into pools of blood, distant fires rage across frigid mountainous landscapes, and there is a strong general implication that [[JustBeforeTheEnd the world is falling to pieces.]]

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* SceneryGorn: Parts of the ''Kid A'' artwork, the blips especially. Stick figures bleed to death in the snow, their corpses are tossed into pools of blood, distant fires rage across frigid mountainous landscapes, and there is a strong general implication that [[JustBeforeTheEnd the world is falling to pieces.]]



-->as the tanks roll into town."

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-->as the tanks roll into town."



** [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin the Paranoid Android.]]
** The entirety of "Banana Co." to ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude.''
** "Optimistic" has a line that references ''Literature/AnimalFarm.''

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** "Paranoid Android" to [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin the Paranoid Android.]]
** The entirety of "Banana Co." to ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude.''
** "Optimistic" has a line that briefly references ''Literature/AnimalFarm.''



** ''Kid A'''s WorkingTitle was ''No Logo'' after a seminal anti-globalisation text by Naomi Klein. The band refused to allow any advertising on the tour for the album.

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** ''Kid A'''s WorkingTitle working title was ''No Logo'' after a seminal anti-globalisation text by Naomi Klein. The band refused to allow any advertising on the tour for the album.



* ShrinkingViolet: Jonny Greenwood, by his own admission. His brother even said (years ago) that he dislikes interviews because he thought he came across as an idiot. In a ''New York Times'' article:
--> "He doesn't like talking to cameras throughout the session at Alvernia, a representative of the studio kept trying to pull him away to tape a five minute Q and A for a video press kit, and he did everything he could to get out of it, short of faking a nosebleed."

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* ShrinkingViolet: Jonny Greenwood, by his own admission. His brother even said (years ago) that he dislikes interviews because he thought he came across as an idiot. In From a ''New [[http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/magazine/jonny-greenwood-radioheads-runaway-guitarist.html?pagewanted=all New York Times'' article:
Times article]]:
--> "He doesn't like talking to cameras -- throughout the session at Alvernia, a representative of the studio kept trying to pull him away to tape a five minute Q and A for a video press kit, and he did everything he could to get out of it, short of faking a nosebleed."



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Truth be told, they're probably one of the most cynical mainstream bands in existence (barring, perhaps, the appropriately titled "Optimistic" and the entirety of ''The King of Limbs'').
* SoloSideProject: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and Phil Selway have all released solo work during the band's time together.

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Truth be told, they're probably one of the most cynical mainstream bands in existence (barring, perhaps, the appropriately titled "Optimistic" "Optimistic," "Desert Island Disk," and the entirety of ''The King of Limbs'').
* SoloSideProject: Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and Phil Selway have all released solo work during the band's time together. Ed O'Brien also has something coming out in the near future.



** Most famously, the multi sectioned "Paranoid Android."

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** Most famously, the multi sectioned multi-sectioned "Paranoid Android."



** "I Will," an anti-war song (focusing on its effects on children) described by Thom as the angriest song he's ever written, is sung quite softly, uses a single guitar, and has no percussion.

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** "I Will," an anti-war song (focusing on its effects on children) described by Thom as the angriest song thing he's ever written, written (on an album full of angry songs!), is sung quite softly, uses a single guitar, and has no percussion.



* TheSomethingSong: "Pyramid Song." [[SubvertedTrope It's got nothing to do with pyramids.]] [[note]] It was originally called "Egyptian Song," which does in fact have something to do with the lyrics. It refers to an Egyptian philosophy of reincarnation and becoming one with everything. Apparently the lyrics were inspired by artwork of the Egyptian underworld and Thom's fascination with "time as a cyclical force." Another relation to pyramids might be the hovering "pyramid hotels" that are present in many of the ''Kid A'' / ''Amnesiac'' blips at the time.[[/note]]

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* TheSomethingSong: "Pyramid Song." [[SubvertedTrope It's got nothing to do with pyramids.]] [[note]] It [[note]]It was originally called "Egyptian Song," which does in fact have something to do with the lyrics. It refers to an Egyptian philosophy of reincarnation and becoming one with everything. Apparently the lyrics were inspired by artwork of the Egyptian underworld and Thom's fascination with "time as a cyclical force." Another relation to pyramids might be the hovering "pyramid hotels" that are present in many of the ''Kid A'' / ''Amnesiac'' blips at the time.[[/note]]



* WordSaladLyrics: [[DownplayedTrope Mostly downplayed.]] A better name would be "phrase salad lyrics," since it's not so much the word choice as it is the connection between two unrelated statements that throws the listener for a loop. [[note]] This effect was achieved by taking pieces of paper with these phrases written on them and drawing them out of a hat to create lyrics. This was based on the Dada/Surrealist "cut-up" technique.[[/note]] See "Morning Bell:"

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* WordSaladLyrics: [[DownplayedTrope Mostly downplayed.]] A better name would be "phrase salad lyrics," since it's not so much the word choice as it is the connection between two unrelated statements that throws the listener for a loop. [[note]] This effect was achieved by taking pieces of paper with these phrases written on them and drawing them out of a hat to create lyrics. This was based on the Dada/Surrealist "cut-up" technique.[[/note]] See "Morning Bell:"



** Music/JeffBuckley meets Music/TheBeatles.

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** Also, Music/JeffBuckley meets Music/TheBeatles.
19th Sep '16 3:15:03 PM stuffedninja
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* TwoPlusTortureMakesFive: The title of "2 + 2 = 5," which is a direct reference to ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.



** A lot of the lyrics in "The Gloaming" are repeated.



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Described in "Decks Dark," with what might be a ShoutOut to TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.

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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Described in "Decks Dark," with what might be a ShoutOut to TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy.''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy''.



** "Scatterbrain" has its guitar panned to the right.



* ListSong: "Fitter Happier" comes across as a demented checklist ("at a better pace / slower and more calculated / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick no chance of escape]]").

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* ListSong: LimitedLyricsSong:
** "Pyramid Song" has one verse that is later repeated.
** "The National Anthem" is almost six minutes long but only consists of these lyrics:
-->''Everyone, everyone around here''\\
''Everyone is so near/has got the fear''\\
''It's holding on''\\
''It's holding on''
** "Everything in Its Right Place" has five lines repeated throughout:
-->''Everything''\\
''In its right place''\\
''Yesterday I woke up sucking on a lemon''\\
''There are two colors in my head''\\
''What is that you tried to say?''
* ListSong:
**
"Fitter Happier" comes across as a demented checklist ("at a better pace / slower and more calculated / [[BreadEggsMilkSquick no chance of escape]]").escape]]").
** "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors" has an autotuned Thom listing different types of doors.



** "No Surprises" is the go-to example here. The music is soft, gentle, nursery rhyme material: the lyrics are replete with images suggesting alienation and pollution, not to mention lines about jobs that slowly kill you and carbon monoxide poisoning.

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** "No Surprises" is the go-to example here. The music is soft, gentle, nursery rhyme material: material; the lyrics are replete with images suggesting alienation and pollution, not to mention lines about jobs that slowly kill you and carbon monoxide poisoning.



* TwoPlusTortureEqualsFive: The title of "2 + 2 = 5," which is a direct reference to Literature/NineteenEightyFour.
28th Jul '16 11:55:19 AM stuffedninja
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** "I Will" is an acoustic rearrangement of an electronic song that was reversed and turned into "Like Spinning Plates".
16th Jul '16 5:07:28 PM EllaMegablast
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* SubvertedKidsShow: The video for "Burn The Witch" openly emulates the cheery, pastoral classic British children's show ''Camberwick Green'' while also heavily drawing from TheWickerMan. [[https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/may/16/radiohead-copyright-burn-the-witch-video-trumpton The combination was subversive enough, and the emulation strong enough, to earn the band a lawsuit.]]
16th Jul '16 4:57:57 PM EllaMegablast
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* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** Rumor has it that "Pearly*" was inspired by a Japanese girl who prostituted herself in order to get Radiohead tickets, much to Thom's horror.
** ''Kid A'' was built around [[NothingIsScarier something]] so scary and horrible that Thom couldn't sing the TitleTrack without processing his vocals through a vocoder to make the words and subject matter less intelligible.
** ''Hail to the Thief'' followed both 9/11 and the birth of Thom's son and has very, very heavy political overtones. For specific song examples, "I Will" was inspired by a news scene of a bunker full of women and kids being bombed during the first Gulf War; "Sail to the Moon" was reportedly written in five minutes for Thom's son. In addition, "A Punchup at a Wedding" was inspired by Thom getting extremely upset after reading a very negative and caustic review of an Oxford show that was intended to be a homecoming concert.
14th Jul '16 11:04:09 AM stuffedninja
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-->''Immerse your soul in love...''
13th Jul '16 9:24:17 PM stuffedninja
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** "Exit Music (for a Film)" is inspired by ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', stemming from an idea Thom got while watching the 1968 adaptation as a teenager (what would've happened if the two ran away the morning after they consummated their marriage), and was specifically written for use in the [[Film/WilliamShakespearesRomeoAndJuliet 1996 adaptation]] (in which it was [[MeaningfulName literally exit music]] played in the credits).
22nd Jun '16 4:01:04 AM gewunomox
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+Music/{{REM}}, Music/TalkingHeads, Music/TheBeatles, Music/{{U2}}, Music/DJShadow, Music/MilesDavis, Music/EnnioMorricone, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/{{Pixies}}, Music/ElvisCostello, Music/JeffBuckley, Music/JoyDivision, Music/{{Magazine}}, Music/TheSmiths, Music/SonicYouth, Music/TheBeachBoys, Creator/PhilSpector, Music/ScottWalker, Krzysztof Penderecki, Music/{{Autechre}}, Music/AphexTwin, Music/{{Can}}, Music/{{Neu}}, Music/CharlesMingus, Alice Coltrane, Music/OlivierMessiaen, Music/TheRollingStones, Music/NeilYoung, Music/{{Bjork}}, Music/CrowdedHouse, Music/{{MIA}}, Spank Rock, Liars, Music/{{Burial}}, Modeselektor

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+Music/{{REM}}, Music/TalkingHeads, Music/TheBeatles, Music/{{U2}}, Music/DJShadow, Music/MilesDavis, Music/EnnioMorricone, Music/{{Queen}}, Music/{{Pixies}}, Music/ThePixies, Music/ElvisCostello, Music/JeffBuckley, Music/JoyDivision, Music/{{Magazine}}, Music/TheSmiths, Music/SonicYouth, Music/TheBeachBoys, Creator/PhilSpector, Music/ScottWalker, Krzysztof Penderecki, Music/{{Autechre}}, Music/AphexTwin, Music/{{Can}}, Music/{{Neu}}, Music/CharlesMingus, Alice Coltrane, Music/OlivierMessiaen, Music/TheRollingStones, Music/NeilYoung, Music/{{Bjork}}, Music/CrowdedHouse, Music/{{MIA}}, Spank Rock, Liars, Music/{{Burial}}, Modeselektor
15th Jun '16 1:40:39 PM stuffedninja
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