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->''"High up above, aliens hover''
->''making home movies for the folks back home''
->''of all these weird creatures''
->''who lock up their spirits''
->''drill holes in themselves''
->''and live for their secrets."''
--> '''Radiohead,''' ''Subterranean Homesick Alien''

Radiohead is an extremely popular AlternativeRock group from England. Before they were Radiohead, they were called On A Friday, this being the only day of the week they were allowed to rehearse at school. Originally your usual type of alt-rock band, the sound on their early albums (''Pablo Honey'', ''The Bends'') gave way to more ambitious albums that incorporated spacey rock (''OK Computer'') and experimental electronic sounds (''Kid A'', ''Amnesiac'', ''Hail to the Thief'') before returning to a slightly more mainstream sound (''In Rainbows''). Their latest album, ''The King of Limbs'', sees the band dabble in electronic experimentation once more, with a distinct dubstep influence in places. Long story short, every album is a NewSoundAlbum.

The members have also put out solo albums (which have gone on to have less success than the main band's work); in particular, guitarist Jonny Greenwood has found success outside the band scoring films such as ''Bodysong'' and ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''. He also composed the score for the film adaptation of ''Literature/NorwegianWood'', in addition to ''Film/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin''. In 2012, he scored another Paul Thomas Anderson film, Film/TheMaster, to great acclaim. Drummer Philip Selway released a solo album in 2010 named ''Familial''.

The band is known for its anti-establishment lyrics and, since ''Kid A'', rejecting much of the standard promotion forms of the industry. Most notably, the band opted to promote ''Kid A'' (which was highly anticipated after the success of ''OK Computer'') with a series of one-minute long viral videos featuring snippets of each song from the album. Furthermore, the group opted to allow fans to name their own price for the right to download their album (''In Rainbows'') online off of their website.

In 2011, the band ambushed fans and industry followers again by announcing their album ''The King of Limbs'' less than a week prior to its actual release date. Then they once again surprised their fans by releasing it one day earlier. In other words: it's out, what are you waiting for?

[[TheWhiteStripes Jack]] [[TheDeadWeather White]] [[http://www.greenplastic.com/2012/07/05/jack-white-confirms-radiohead-recorded-new-material-at-his-nashville-studio/ has confirmed]] that Radiohead had recorded some new material at his studio.

Radiohead's artwork is quite weird. The website for the man responsible for most of that artwork, Stanley Donwood, is just as [[http://www.slowlydownward.com/ odd]].

Band members:
* Thom Yorke - vocals, guitar, keyboards, [[EverythingIsAnInstrument "laptop"]]
* Jonny Greenwood - guitar, keyboards, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondes_Martenot ondes martenot]], "laptop"
* Colin Greenwood - bass
* Ed O'Brien - guitar, backing vocals
* Phil Selway - drums

Non-members who have had a major impact on Radiohead's sound and image:
* Nigel Godrich - producer of every album since ''OK Computer'' and has been involved with the band since he was hired as a mixing engineer for ''The Bends''. Considered to be so important to the band's sound that he is considered to be the sixth member, similar to how George Martin was one of the numerous people given the title of "[[Music/TheBeatles The Fifth Beatle]]".
* Stanley Donwood - artist responsible for every Radiohead-related piece of artwork (album covers, liner notes, posters) since the 1994 ''My Iron Lung'' EP. Yorke often collaborates with Donwood, usually under the pseudonym "Dr. Tchock".

Studio albums:
* ''Pablo Honey'' (1993)
* ''The Bends'' (1995)
* ''Music/OKComputer'' (1997)
* ''Music/KidA'' (2000)
* ''Amnesiac'' (2001)
* ''Hail to the Thief'' (2003) [not to be confused with [[HailToTheThief the trope of the same name]]]
* ''Music/InRainbows'' (2007)
* ''The King of Limbs'' (2011)

You can now vote for your favourite Radiohead album by heading over to the [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/Sandbox/BestAlbumRadiohead Best Album crowner]].

* ''Drill'' (1992)
* ''Itch'' (1994)
* ''My Iron Lung'' (1994, doubles as the single for "My Iron Lung")
* ''Running from Demons'' (1997, doubles as the Japanese release of their single "No Surprises")
* ''How Am I Driving'' (1997, doubles as the single for "Airbag")
* ''I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings'' (2001)
* ''COM LAG (2plus2isfive)'' (2004)
* ''TKOL RMX 1234567'' (2011)


* {{Adorkable}}- Thom Yorke has shown some shades of this.
* AdultFear - "A Wolf at the Door."
** ''Hail To The Thief'' as a whole was motivated by this- it directly followed both 9/11 and the birth of Thom Yorke's son.
* AfterTheEnd - The "Pyramid Song" video.
* AlbumTitleDrop -
** "2+2=5" has "All ''Hail to The Thief'', all hail to the thief, but I'm not").
** "The Bends", quite obviously, drops the selfsame title of the album.
** In the bridge of "Reckoner", the rising voices in the background are saying "In Rainbows". Once you realize this the song becomes absolutely hypnotizing.
** A barely audible one for ''Pablo Honey'' appears in the song "How Do You" - the album was named after part of a PrankCall by the comedy group The Jerky Boys, and the relevant quote ("Pablo, honey? Please come to Florida!") appears as SpokenWordInMusic near the end of the song.
* AllDrummersAreAnimals - Averted with Philip Selway, who is more subdued than would be expected. In fact, he's released a solo album that consists overwhelmingly of soft ballads that are quite light on percussion (and another is on the way).
* AnimatedMusicVideo - "Paranoid Android", "Pyramid Song", "Go To Sleep", "There There" ([[RogerRabbitEffect partially]]) and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_EQN-Dzsz0 a lot of]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmnX1aRHiCU&feature=related Kid A]]'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sh_ehJN1sxs&feature=related "blips".]]
* ArcNumber - 10 for ''In Rainbows'': a ten letter title, ten tracks, tens prominent in the album art and in promotional material, and was announced ten days before release. All of this indicates a link to ''OK Computer'', released ten years to the day before ''In Rainbows''. Popular theory is that the two albums are companion pieces, released ten years apart.
** Thus culminating in the [[http://puddlegum.net/radiohead-01-and-10/# "01 And 10"]] playlist. Which, unsurprisingly, sounds even better if you set a ''10'' second crossfade on your player.
** 15 also seems to be a minor one, appearing in several songs such as "15 Step", "Climbing up the Walls", and "Just".
* ArcWords - Interestingly enough, the lyrics for most tracks on ''Kid A'', ''Amnesiac'', and ''Hail to the Thief'' became this. Lyrics from all three albums appeared cryptically (and usually slightly altered) in the the Radiohead website's "maze" section; phrases that would appear in ''Amnesiac'' and ''Hail to the Thief'' appeared in the ''Kid A'' [[EasterEgg hidden booklet]]; certain lines from ''Amnesiac'' showed up in the ''I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings'' case.
* ArousedByTheirVoice: Thom's singing on "Nude" and "The Amazing Sound of Orgy" purposely sounds quite... sensual.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking - From "Paranoid Android:"
-->The crackle of pigskin
-->The dust and the screaming
-->The yuppies networking
* AudienceParticipationSong: Everybody sings along to "Idioteque."
** The audience supplies the claps for "We Suck Young Blood," and does the stomp-clap thing for "15 Step."
** "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" and "Myxomatosis."
** "Subterranean Homesick Alien" became this at the Roseland Ballroom performance; it had stopped being performed live after the OK Computer tour, and while it was popular among fans, it didn't seem as though it would be played again. Then, out of the blue, it was.
--> '''Thom:''' They're all...
--> '''Audience:''' Uptight! Uptight!
** Some fans have memorized the entire PissTakeRap of "A Wolf at the Door" and chant along with it in concert.
** Mass lie-downs, mimicking the "Just" video, have apparently been planned among fans for performances of the song
** The audience regularly sings the "for a minute there I lost myself" section of "Karma Police" just as loud, if not louder, than Thom does.
** "Creep," of course.
** "Fake Plastic Trees."
* AutoTune - In "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box." It's meant to sound as cold and robotic as possible.
** For "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors", Thom spoke the words and applied autotune with ridiculous pitch-shifting settings to create a disorienting effect.
** "Kid A" qualifies for this too, though it's a slight subversion - it's actually Thom speaking into a vocoder and Jonny creating the melody with an ondes Martenot. Thom's voice is distorted almost to the point of incomprehension, allegedly in order to distance himself from the brutal and horrible subject matter.
** Used to oddly beautiful effect in "Codex (Illum Sphere RMX)" and "Little by Little (Caribou RMX)."
** A vocoder is used on the backing vocals of "Sit Down. Stand Up."
* BSide
** The ''My Iron Lung'' EP consists of outtakes from ''Pablo Honey''.
** ''Airbag / How Am I Driving?'' has B-sides from ''OK Computer''.
** The semi-bootleg CD set ''Towering Above The Rest'' contains every B-side they made before ''In Rainbows'', along with live performances, remixes, soundtrack contributions, collaborations, covers, side projects, and combinations thereof.
** Continuing the trend, the band released a 12" single of "Supercollider" and "The Bucher", two ''King Of Limbs'' B-sides, for Record Store Day 2011.
** Quite a few ("Talk Show Host," "Cuttooth," "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy") are more popular with the fans than some of the songs released on the albums.
* BaldOfAwesome - Philip Selway.
** Clive Deamer of {{Portishead}}, who combines forces with Phil to create an awesome drumming duo for the TKOL songs live. Fans joke about Radiohead cloning their bald drummer.
* BandOfRelatives - Jonny and Colin are brothers.
* {{Bishonen}} - Jonny Greenwood (especially in his [[http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l1o6mmTDBy1qbqb1do1_500.jpg younger years]]... man, that androgynous style really used to be [[{{Placebo}} quite in]] [[Music/{{Suede}} fashion]] [[MarilynManson in the early-to-mid]] [[TheNineties 90s]])
* BearsAreBadNews - the [[http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x160/Beear-photos/bear1radiohead.gif Modified Bear]] logo for ''Kid A''.
** The backstory makes it even worse: they are genetically modified teddy bears that are bent on [[OmnicidalManiac killing everybody]].
* BiTheWay - Colin Greenwood.
-->"Well, yeah, I had a couple of flings at college with some guys. But my girlfriend knows about them, so it�s all right. She doesn�t like me hanging out with her gay friends in London too much, just in case I get tempted!"
* BittersweetEnding - Quite a few of the albums end on a bittersweet note:
** ''OK Computer'' ends with the one-two TearJerker punch of "Lucky" and "The Tourist," which provide a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and resolve the tension and fear that pervade the rest of the album.
** ''Kid A'' ends with [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence "Motion Picture Soundtrack"]] and a hidden track that seems to represents Heaven or 'the next life.'
** The final song on ''In Rainbows'' is "Videotape," which, despite being a heartbreakingly sad song, ends with the lyrics "today has been the most perfect day I've ever seen."
*** On Disc 2, as the last song is "[[LyricalDissonance 4 Minute Warning]]". The song is made of DissonantSerenity mixed with a HopeSpot, so whether this counts as a {{Subversion}} is left to the listener.
* BodyHorror - The video for "There There". It's quite excruciating to see Thom turned into a tree.
* BookEnds - OK Computer begins and ends with a car crash: "The Tourist," which closes the album, describes the events leading up to it from the perspective of a bystander, and "Airbag," which opens it, describes the man driving the car's celebration after surviving the crash.
** The music video for "Karma Police" begins and ends with a shot of the back seat of a 1976 Chrysler New Yorker.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick - "Molasses" surreptitiously slips in mentions of genocide and starving waitresses throughout the otherwise harmless-sounding lyrics.
** [[FridgeBrilliance It's probably a reference]] to the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Molasses_Disaster Boston Molasses Disaster]].
** "Morning Bell" is also a great example, as the lyrics sound completely harmless, then all of a sudden: ''"Cut the kids in haaallfff..."''
*** It gets worse when you realise what the song is about ([[spoiler:divorce]]).
* BrokenRecord - "And the rain drops, and the rain drops, and the rain drops, and the rain drops, and the rain drops, and the rain drops, and the rain drops, and the rain drops, and the rain drops" ad infinitum. ("Sit Down, Stand Up")
** "[wo]-men first and the children, -men first and the children, -men first, -men first and the children" in Idioteque.
** "Round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round" in Morning Bell (Kid A version).
** "Everything in Its Right Place". All of it.
** "I'm a reasonable man, get off my case, get off my case, get off my case" from Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box.
* BrownNote - The music video for the Music/{{Radiohead}} song "Just" begins with a man lying down in the middle of the street and refusing to budge. As people gather, they ask him (all the dialogue being in subtitles) why he's lying there, and after refusing over and over again, 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.
** The closeup has him repeating "God help me, I'll tell you." and it's implied that he's actually saying it during the shot of Radiohead looking out the mirror.
** The ''Kid A'' album as a whole. While never being outwardly scary, it has a very eerie, nihilistic, and ''wrong'' atmosphere. [[FromBadToWorse And it gets worse the more you listen to it.]]
* CallBack - The lines "I don't know why I feel so tongue tied/don't know why I feel so skinned alive" were first used in "Cuttooth", a track that was supposed to be on ''Amnesiac'' but was held off for unknown reasons. They later show up in "Myxomatosis", which is about ExecutiveMeddling.
** The "no no no no no" MadnessMantra in "A Wolf at the Door" may be callback to "A Punch Up at a Wedding."
** "Life in a Glasshouse," the final track on ''Amnesiac'', contains the line "packed like frozen food and battery hens." This creates [[BookEnds a nice sort of symmetry]]- the first track is "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box."
* CarefulWithThatAxe - Thom's rather unsettling [[MetalScream distorted shriek]] at the end of "Climbing Up The Walls".
** From "2+2=5:"
** Thom's yell at the beginning of "Cuttooth."
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Name-dropped in "Like Spinning Plates" from ''Amnesiac''.
--> And this just feels like spinning plates
--> I'm living in [[TropesAreNotBad cloud cuckoo land]]
* CommonTime - An odd example; most of their songs are in 4/4 or 6/8 time, but the immensely complicated drum patterns (particularly on The King of Limbs) and very strange rhythms ("Videotape" and especially "Pyramid Song") make it difficult to tell this.
* ConceptAlbum - To many, ''OK Computer'' qualifies, although the band denies it.
** ''Kid A'' and ''Amnesiac'' are suspect, too. The theorizing stems mostly from Thom's suggestion that the former could be about [[CloningBlues the first human clone]], but he denies any intentional meaning. The two albums are clearly counterparts with similar themes (they were recorded at the same time) and it doesn't hurt the concept album theory that the genetically modified bear characters recurred throughout the "blips" of ''Kid A'' and ''Amnesiac'', and a track on ''Amnesiac'' was named after them ("Hunting Bears").
*** Thom has also said that "something traumatic" happened during ''Kid A'' and that ''Amnesiac'' is "trying to piece together what has happened." Both albums feature artwork of forest fires; for ''Kid A'' it's in the distance, while ''Amnesiac''[='=]s perspective is from within the forest.
** ''Hail To The Thief'''s political undertones/overtones also make it a candidate.
** ''The King of Limbs'' is named after an ancient tree near Oxford, and many of the song titles ("Bloom", "Morning Mr. Magpie", "Lotus Flower") indicate a strong nature theme.
** There's a joke running around that any Radiohead album can be construed as a concept album by the fans, no matter the band's actual intentions.
* CoverVersion - Quite a few rare and appropriately eclectic ones, including Music/CarlySimon's "Nobody Does it Better," Music/GlenCampbell's "Rhinestone Cowboy," Music/NeilYoung's "Cinnamon Girl," and TheSmiths' "The Headmaster Ritual."
* TheCoverChangesTheMeaning - Thom has been known to sing an eerie, slowed-down version of the chorus of R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It" as an intro to "Everything in its Right Place." He does not sound fine.
* CreepyMonotone - "Fitter Happier".
** Also "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors".
** "Kid A" and "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" both qualify, since they were distorted heavily by AutoTune and thus sound emotionless and cold (which is the point).
* DarkReprise - "Bloom (Mark Pritchard RMX)" for "Bloom," and "Separator (Anstam RMX Part ii)" for "Separator (Anstam RMX)."
* ADateWithRosiePalms - "Thinking About You".
** Possibly "Nude", depending on your interpretation.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbWBRnDK_AE&ob=av2e The video]] asserts this approach. It's a rather unsexy performance-as-masturbation allegory, complete with feather ejaculate. Yes, really.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome - The videos for "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", "Jigsaw Falling Into Place", and "Lotus Flower".
* DerangedAnimation - The "Paranoid Android" video! It was made by the creator of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_(TV_series) Robin]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-dMc5Ero-s Any]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmTke9gAR7o of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYvE8wtuIOo the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNRHj6vdfwc Kid A]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKoMqTeCLfc blips]] could qualify for this. They're either downright horrifying/disturbing or simply weird.
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil - Counterexample. Their 2000 album, ''Kid A'' was available for streaming from their website before its official release, and their 2007 album ''In Rainbows'' was released for sale on a "pay-what-you-want" system, but they've since indicated that they will not pursue it further.
** Their 2001 album ''Amnesiac'' was leaked by a third party before its release, which angered the band; however, they were not upset because of the download, but [[SubvertedTrope because they hadn't set the final mix yet]].
** When bootlegs of early live performances of ''Kid A'' songs made their way to the internet, the members of the band were both surprised and pleased when fans at concerts already knew the words to these new songs that had only been played once or twice previous. Colin Greenwood told a BBC reporter:
-->"We played in Barcelona and the next day the entire performance was up on Napster. Three weeks later when we got to play in Israel the audience knew the words to all the new songs and it was wonderful."
** Radiohead also forced their American label, Capitol Records, to back down from lawsuit threats against fansites that posted Radiohead lyrics.
** An unmastered version of Hail to the Thief was leaked onto the internet... Nigel Godrich was a bit disappointed because the release was far from finished... but Jonny Greenwood:
-->"Shame it's not a package with the artwork and all, but there you go. I feel bemused, though, not annoyed. I'm glad people like it, most of all. It's a little earlier than we'd expected, but there it is."
** He also commented that he wasn't angry that the album was leaked, rather, he was angry about how it was leaked in an unfinished manner, much like with the Amnesiac leak as described earlier.
** The band has not only approved but contributed audio masters to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Live_in_Praha two]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiohead_for_Haiti different]] fan filmed concert DVD, provided they not be sold for profit.
** Guitarist Ed O'Brien dislikes the band's stance on it. He's the only member of the band involved in the Featured Artist's Coalition, an anti-piracy group. However, he also notes that he is tolerant of the 'passive' pirates who really only download music to listen to it. He's really mostly against the shadier bunches who try to make money off of artists.
%%Like record labels. ''Zing!''
* DissonantSerenity - "I Will."
* DrivenToSuicide - The character in the video for "Pyramid Song." [[spoiler: He [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to a higher plane of existence, though.]]]]
** No Surprises is ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement maybe]]) about this, [[LyricalDissonance despite what the light and mildly cheery music it accompanies may suggest.]]
* {{Dubstep}} - ''The King of Limbs'' has shades of the James Blake / {{Burial}} variety.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness - ''Pablo Honey'' is probably the weirdest Radiohead album... in that it's ''not weird at all.''
** The demos the band released in TheEighties when they were still known as "On A Friday" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3OS_YkO_Io take]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGN5qUZPC-o this]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UIyOCeKkV-4 even]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEDMVukRwsg further]].
* EasterEgg: ''OK Computer'' has text hidden on the inside of the case. Early pressings of ''Kid A'' had an extra booklet of art and text hidden under the CD tray.
* EchoingAcoustics - Thanks to Nigel Godrich, ''OK Computer'' is really spacey-sounding.
** Also, "Talk Show Host", a B-side to "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" also produced by Nigel Godrich.
* EitherOrTitle - Every song on ''Hail To The Thief''. Even the album itself has an alternate title: ''The Gloaming''.
* EpicRocking - "Supercollider" is Radiohead's longest song, clocking in at 7:02.
** Also "These Are My Twisted Words", "Paranoid Android", "The National Anthem", and "How to Disappear Completely".
** The original version of the b-side "Cuttooth" was evidently much longer than the final cut.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment - "Fake Plastic Trees" was this for the band as a whole. The themes of decay, alienation, and pollution, the falsetto vocals, the [[TearJerker tearjerkiness]], and the accompanying SurrealMusicVideo would all become part of the band's SignatureStyle in the years to come.
** Then came "Everything in its Right Place," deliberately designed to be the EstablishingCharacterMoment of the post-''OK Computer'' Radiohead (digitally altered vocals, weirdly danceable elements, and bizarre time signature, etc.).
* EvenTheGuysWantHim - Thom Yorke. This is ironic, because he doesn't exactly scream sex symbol... but somehow [[StupidSexyFlanders even heterosexual men lust after him]].
** There's a term for it: [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=thomosexual Thomosexual]].
** On the other hand, Thom does look a bit like John "[[Series/DoctorWho The Master]]" Simm. Who is hot.
** Same could be said for Jonny Greenwood... who would probably be considered more of a "sex symbol" than Thom.
* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped - The lyric booklet for ''Hail to the Thief'' actually gives up on trying to understand what's said in the end section of "2+2=5" and just says:
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether - They met at Abingdon School in Oxfordshire [[LongRunner when they were teenagers]].
* EverythingIsAnInstrument - Jonny Greenwood has wielded an FM radio and an analog TV during live performances of "The National Anthem". He typically samples those sounds (in tandem with a Korg Kaoss Pad, which is also used to manipulate Thom's voice in "Everything In Its Right Place").
* FaceCam - The "Jigsaw Falling into Place" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoLJJRIWCLU music video]].
* FadingIntoTheNextSong
** From ''OK Computer:'' The sirens at the end of "Karma Police" trail off into "Fitter Happier", and the beeps at the end of "Airbag" set the tempo for "Paranoid Android". There's also a split-second where the end of "Exit Music" and the beginning of "Let Down" overlap.
** From ''Kid A'': The phasing synth sound at the end of "Kid A" continues into the very beginning of "The National Anthem;" the chirping noises at the end of "Idioteque" lead into "Morning Bell."
** All of the tracks on ''I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings'' fade into each other, since it's a live album.
** From ''COM LAG'': The cheering in "2+2=5 (Live at Earls Court, London, 26/11/03)" fades into the amp fuzz at the beginning of "Remyxomatosis."
** From ''The King of Limbs'': "Codex" fades into "Give Up The Ghost".
* FakeLoud - An odd example. "Climbing up the Walls" consists of two of Thom's vocal tracks layered over each other. The one that's mixed lower is clipped and distorted in this manner, but it's actually much quieter than the Thom's other vocal track, which is more clean and melodic.
* FakeOutFadeOut - "I Might Be Wrong" fades out toward the middle, but returns with a quiet instrumental section.
* FanVid - Lots, most notably the ones made for the official Aniboom video contest.
** Some fan-made music videos ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRrr1GbhbAA "Idioteque,"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvBPCm25z4I "A Wolf at the Door",]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lstDdzedgcE "2+2=5"]], most notably) are so popular that the fans consider them to be the 'actual' video for the song. It helps that of those three songs, only two ever had any official video made, and both were [[PerformanceVideo Performance Videos]].
* FollowTheLeader - A whole crop of fresh-faced post-{{Britpop}} British alternative bands became popular after Radiohead released ''OK Computer'' and were at least somewhat indebted to the band sonically. Many of these bands later made a name for themselves, separated themselves from the "Radiohead clone" tag and proceeded to become some of the most popular and acclaimed British rock acts of the 2000's, including such bands as Music/{{Muse}}, Music/{{Coldplay}}, Music/{{Travis}}, Music/SnowPatrol and Music/{{Stereophonics}}.
* {{Foreshadowing}} - The melody of "Where I End and You Begin"'s climax appears earlier in the song as the bassline. It gives the impression of some kind of evil urge slowly breaking through the surface over the course of the track.
* FourMoreMeasures - In "Creep", Jonny Greenwood came in too early before the chorus (some sources say this was intentional and that he wanted to ruin the song). However, the rest of the band liked it and decided to ThrowItIn.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Thom is choleric, Ed is sanguine, Jonny is melancholic and Colin and Phil are phlegmatic.
* GenreBusting - They don't stick with any particular sound, instead meandering around the spectrum from {{Grunge}} and alt-rock (''Pablo Honey'', ''The Bends'') to a spacier sound (''OK Computer'') to electronica (''Kid A'', ''Amnesiac'') to a mix of everything (''Hail To The Thief'') to [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs themselves on Prozac]] (''In Rainbows'') to whatever ''The King Of Limbs'' can be classified as.
* GenreRoulette - Many albums, especially ''Amnesiac''. It's got electronica ("Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box", "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors", "Like Spinning Plates"), rock ("I Might Be Wrong", "Knives Out"), jazz (ranging from modern styles like the piano-driven "You And Whose Army" and the Cool Jazz-y "Dollars and Cents" to a New Orleans-style dirge in "Life In A Glasshouse"; arguably the [[http://www.greenplastic.com/radiohead-lyrics/amnesiac/pyramid-song/ Charles Mingus-influenced]] "Pyramid Song" also counts), and some things that don't quite fit into any genre.
** ''The King Of Limbs'' is especially outstanding. Is it jazz? Folk? Electronic? Alternative? A mishmash of everything? The mind is boggled.
*** With TKOL, they may well have [[GenreLaunch created an entirely new genre of music.]]
*** It's probably the only album in existence that contains a dubstep song, a dance song, a piano ballad, a folk song, and a rock song... one right after the other. Yet somehow it flows perfectly.
*** Strangely, an interview in late 2011 had Thom denying that TKOL was 'experimental music', and was a result of their learning and alleged 'stealing' of other artists' works.
** ''Hail to the Thief'' has a fairly eclectic blend of styles as well. It even includes some HipHop elements, particularly noticeable in the drums and semi-spoken choruses of "Myxomatosis" and the near-rap "A Wolf at the Door." There are also some relatively straightforward rock songs, like "2+2=5" and "There There."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The video for "Paranoid Android" has frontal nudity in it (and [[HardGay gay leathermen]]), although it is animated. Nevertheless, the unedited version was only played on MTV post-watershed.
** Also, ''Pablo Honey'' has no Parental Advisory sticker on it, despite being widely distributed AND [[BlackSheepHit bearing an incredibly famous (and explicit) lead single]].
* GratuitousPanning - "Four Minute Warning" has the guitars panned to one side and the drums to the other, with the vocals in the middle. It gives the song a feeling of eerie disconnect.
** The guitar during the first section of "2+2=5" is panned entirely to one side.
* GreasySpoon - In the American version of the "High and Dry" video.
* GreatestHitsAlbum - [[SubvertedTrope The band actually refused to release one,]] [[DoubleSubvertedTrope but upon their departure from Parlophone Records, ''Radiohead: The Best Of'' was released]] [[EnforcedTrope without their cooperation.]] As Allmusic put it, "a best-of Radiohead compilation is similar to a DVD containing somewhat thoughtfully picked scenes from films made by a specific director. "
* GriefSong - "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", which Thom claims is about "staring the fucking devil right in the eyes, and knowing, no matter what the hell you do, he'll get the last laugh".
** "In Limbo" off of Kid A is quite dreary and forlorn.
** "Let Down." It perfectly captures the feeling of soul-crushing disappointment and hopelessness.
* {{Grunge}} - What ''Pablo Honey'' was, in a nutshell. It's often referred to dismissively as "Nirvana lite". The band quickly grew out of this with the release of ''The Bends''.
* HeroicBSOD - The end of "Dollars and Cents." "All over the planet's dead..."
* [[HesBack He's Back To Save The Universe]]: "Airbag." In an interstellar burst, no less.
* HeManWomanHater - The quietly furious "Nude" is directed at one of these.
* HeterosexualLifePartners - Arguably, Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich.
** Thom and Stanley may qualify, as well.
** Thom and Jonny too, to the point where [[RealPersonFic they've got a frightening amount of slash written about them]].
* HeWhoFightsMonsters - Referenced in "Bangers + Mash."
-->If you stare into the dark/the dark will stare back/back into your '''SOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL'''
* ImAHumanitarian - "Where I End and You Begin."
--> I will eat you all alive and I will eat you all alive and [[MadnessMantra I will eat you all alive]]
** Thom Yorke has admitted that he has a "cannibal thing." "Knives Out" also has cannibalistic imagery ("he's bloated and frozen/still, there's no point letting it go to waste").
* ImportantHaircut - Thom has had one for just about every new "era" of Radiohead; see DyeHard
* IncrediblyLongNote - One very memorable live performance of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2M9aeMBV1w "Creep"]].
** Sometimes achieved artificially during the intro to live versions of "Everything In Its Right Place" in which Jonny loops and manipulates Thom's voice.
* IndecipherableLyrics - "Kid A".
** Also, for the first half of "Like Spinning Plates". The lyrics were sung normally, then the recording was played backwards and the sounds were imitated by Thom to create a barely-recognizable version of the vocals. The chorus utilizes both normally sung lyrics and sung backwards-played forwards lyrics.
** "Feral" counts as well.[[note]]The actual lyrics are "You are not mine/ And I am not yours/ And that's okay/Please don't judge me". How they got from that to the smeared vocals of the album version is anybody's guess.[[/note]]
** There's milder example in "Climbing Up the Walls." Thom Yorke sang two vocal tracks for it, one perfectly comprehensible and high-quality, the other a slurred, distorted wail that bursts into a scream toward the end of the song. These two tracks are layered over each other, leading to the lyrics being extremely difficult to discern.
* {{Instrumentals}} - "Treefingers", "Hunting Bears", and ''technically'' "Fitter Happier", since all the singing is actually done by a computer.
** Their first instrumental, "Meeting In The Aisle", was a B-side to ''OK Computer''.
** "Little by Little (Shed RMX)."
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle - "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy." Yeah.
* IntercourseWithYou - "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy" ''sounds'' like this, from the title to the moaning vocals to the "UH-ah" when the drums come in... but it's actually about how ignorance lets government corruption thrive.
** "Pearly*" is a very dark example; Thom described it as "a dirty song for people who use sex for dirty things."
* IWantSong - "The Bends," though according to the band it's at least partially tongue-in-cheek. "I wanna live, breathe... I wanna be part of the human race."
** "Dollars and Cents" is a cross between an IWantSong and a VillainSong, with Thom alternating between the roles of a corrupt cynic and an idealist.
* LargeHam - Despite the subtlety and darkness of most Radiohead songs, Thom enjoys indulging himself in hamminess occasionally, particularly in "Bangers + Mash" and live performances of "Idioteque".
** 2+2=5 is quite hammy as well.
** In a rather less RuleOfFun-based example, [[OldShame early performances]] tended to be rather over the top. One time Thom started randomly screaming and then jumped in a pool. [[note]]His clunky Doc Martens almost caused him to drown; he also almost grabbed onto a live wire in an attempt to pull himself out.[[/note]]
* LastNoteNightmare - "Karma Police". As the rather mellow melody of the song fades out at the end, some very dissonant feedback fades in... which is in turn followed by a nice closing piano chord.
** Every song on ''Kid A'' has one of these, save "Treefingers" and "Motion Picture Soundtrack"
** ''Hail to the Thief'' as an album has this, ending with the creepy "A Wolf at the Door." In fact, Thom Yorke has explicitly compared the album to a nightmare, with "A Wolf at the Door" signifying waking up and finding out that the real world has become worse than the nightmare (hence the themes of AdultFear in the song).
* LighterAndSofter - ''In Rainbows''. Played with in that while some songs are no less angsty than those on previous albums, the overall sound is lighter, especially on "Reckoner".
** ''The King of Limbs'' is arguably this as well, and Ed O'Brien has described it as retaining some of the 'warmth' of ''In Rainbows'', and in 2012 remarked that from ''OK Computer'' all the way through to ''Hail to the Thief'' the band had been in a dark place and though that gave them a lot of creativity, it killed them as human beings and wore them down very quickly.
** Live versions of "Everything In Its Right Place" are much less morbid and not quite as emotionless as the studio version. Kid A applies as well for the same reason, though Thom's use in post-TKOL live performances of a vocoder to achieve the same effect on his voice as in the studio version counterbalances this somewhat.
* ListSong - "Fitter Happier" comes across as a demented checklist ("at a better pace/slower and more calculated/[[BreadEggsMilkSquick no chance of escape]]").
* ALoadOfBull - The [[http://www.thescot.net/pictures/Radiohead/Assorted%20Album%20Related%20Images/Amnesia/Crying%20Minotaur.gif Crying Minotaur]], the logo for ''Amnesiac'' which looks almost nothing like a minotaur.
* LongRunnerLineUp - Type 1. They've been together since either 1985 (when they formed On A Friday) or 1991 (when they signed to a label and changed their name to Radiohead)--whichever way you slice it, it's been well over twenty years.
* LongSongShortScene - Some of their best songs were never even included on an album and relegated to b-sides. "Talk Show Host" is the most well-known of these songs, and pretty much all of the Amnesiac b-sides have become fan favorites.
** The intensely popular but never officially released "Big Boots" is an even more tragic example than the b-sides listed above: the highest-quality version of it that features the completed lyrics is a badly-recorded clip from MeetingPeopleIsEasy, and is interrupted halfway through by an ugly beeping.
*** There is, however, a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwrzpMh9bf4 fairly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_CwBqKSNno large]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXMb1Vzor68 number]] of live-recordings of this song (interestingly also showcasing the development of the song's lyrics and arrangement), the quality of which ranges from "so-so" to "fairly decent".
** In a less depressing example, Thom Yorke has expressed regret at not releasing "Everything in its Right Place" as a single.
** "Lift" � a relatively uplifting, almost ridiculously radio- and stadium-friendly and "[[TheNineties VERY 90s-sounding]]" rock song (see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3-4fK8h8ig video]]) � had been played on a number of gigs from 1995 to 1996, only to be dropped from the setlist soon after. However, a rearranged version of the song, has been played on a number of occasions in the early 2000s.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiehO9slNr8 Putting Ketchup In The Fridge]]" was a hoax song that passed itself off as this for a while [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/30/radiohead-demo-hoax-sit-still_n_1176668.html?1325271482 but was eventually caught.]]
** Averted with "Nude", which debuted � alternately under the aformentioned, final title or "Big Ideas (don't get any)" � as soon as 1998 and had been considered an example of LongSongShortScene for nearly a decade, until a re-arranged version was recorded for "In Rainbows" (see the "old version" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG4ItJINzQs here]]).
* LongTitle - "Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box." A lot of ''Hail to the Thief'' also qualifies, since each song has a main title and a secondary one in parenthesis. "Where I End and You Begin (The Sky is Falling In)," "The Gloaming (Softly Open Our Mouths in the Cold)," "A Punchup at a Wedding (No No No No No No No No)," and "Sail to the Moon (Brush the Cobwebs Out of the Sky)" are particularly notable examples
* LoopedLyrics - "Everything in its Right Place," "Kid A," "The National Anthem," the outro of "Where I End and You Begin."
* LoudnessWar: Every post ''OK Computer'' album is a victim. ''OK Computer'' brickwalls in the louder parts. ''The Bends'' is mastered loud by 1995 standards, but is quiet by today's.
* LyricalDissonance - Used in several of their songs, which only makes the tone even bleaker.
** Case in point: "Let Down". Spacey backing, depressing lyrics. Same with "No Surprises".
** "Knives Out" is a catchy little song about cannibalism.
** Thom dislikes how "pretty" his singing voice sounds because it causes this seemingly regardless of what he sings about.
** "I Will" is an acoustic song featuring soft vocals... about women and children being killed in bunkers.
** "Cuttooth" is a beautiful, upbeat, shoegaze-y track with extremely dark lyrics:
--> I build you up to pull you down/tie you to your feet and watch you drown/a little bit of knowledge will destroy you
** The first part of "The Daily Mail" sounds like a lullaby, despite lyrics about corruption and scathing attacks on the newspaper of the title. Then this trope is kicked to the curb with the second part, which is essentially a RoaringRampageOfRevenge in musical form.
* MadnessMantra - "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box."
--> I'm a reasonable man, get off my case, get off my case, get off my case
--> I'm a reasonable man, get off, get off, get off my case
** "Where I End and You Begin:"
--> I will eat you all alive, and I will eat you all alive, and I will eat you all alive, and I will eat you all alive,
--> And there'll be no more lies, and there'll be no more lies, and there'll be no more lies, and there'll be no more lies
** "Idioteque" probably qualifies.
** "Kid A" (the song, not the album) consists, for the most part, of Thom muttering "standing in the shadows at the end of my bed" over and over through a vocoder.
** The last thirty or so seconds of "Morning Bell" feature Thom mumbling "walking, walking, I'm walking, walking, walking."
* MetalScream - A spine-chilling one at the very end of "Climbing Up the Walls." The vocals are already so distorted that he sounds inhuman.
** There's a less obvious one at the end of "Paranoid Android." It's fed through a guitar amp (or something along those lines) and is nearly buried beneath the concluding riffs.
* MinimalisticCoverArt - For ''[[http://sleevage.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/amnesiac_standard.jpg Amnesiac]]''. It's taken to an extreme with the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/64/Limited_edition_album_Amnesiac_by_Radiohead.jpg deluxe edition,]] which ''is'' the red book pictured on the cover; the title is printed on the spine.
* MisogynySong - Inverted by "Nude" and "Pearly*," which mock and criticize sexism.
* MohsScaleOfLyricalHardness - Usually ranging from 5 to 7, though there are exceptions ("Worrywort" is a 1 and "Street Spirit" is arguably a 9 based on the sheer bleakness of its intended message).
* MohsScaleOFRockAndMetalHardness - From 1 to 6, depending on the album, though usually averaging a 3. Unusual examples include "Trans Atlantic Drawl" (a 7 that becomes a 1 halfway through), "2+2=5" (which transitions from 3 to 6 to 5 over the course of the song) and what's arguably the most well-known and also most intricate example: "Paranoid Android" which starts out as a 1 or 2 gradually building up to a 3, then suddenly exploding into a 7 (well, maybe even 7.5), shrinking back to a 1 (or 0.5...) right after that, just to soar up to a 7 again.
* MoodWhiplash - ''Amnesiac'', due to the [[GenreRoulette various genres utilized]] and the overall atmosphere of fear and confusion, has a lot of this. The paranoid, jittery "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" is followed by the peaceful, sad "Pyramid Song," which is then followed by the nightmarish "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors," and so on.
** ''Amnesiac'' unfortunately seems to have gotten a lukewarm reception among critics, perhaps for this reason. It's quite popular among fans, though, to the point of being considered an EnsembleDarkhorse.
** Occurs within "My Iron Lung" between the quietly grim verses and distorted choruses.
* MotorMouth - Thom in "A Wolf at the Door."
* MyGreatestFailure - 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.
** Die-hard fans of ''The Bends'' and ''OK Computer''-era Radiohead think that Kid A ruined the band forever.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly - Frequently, with ''Kid A'' and ''The King of Limbs'' probably being the most obvious examples.
* NewSoundAlbum - ''Kid A'', ''Amnesiac'', and ''In Rainbows''.
** 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 for goodness' sake. It's hard to even categorize what kind of sound it really is.
* NiceHat - Thom dons one for the "Lotus Flower" video.
** Ed as of late seems to be donning a similar hat in their live performances.
* NippleAndDimed - The video for "Paranoid Android" featured cartoon nipples which had to be covered up for US release. The band seemed confused that the censors balked at the cartoon nudity but had no trouble at all with the scene in which a man accidentally cuts his own limbs off.
* NonAppearingTitle - So many. "Idioteque," "Paranoid Android," (though this ''almost'' drops its title 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," etc.
** Usually, however, the title does have something to do with the lyrics: "Idioteque" is a dance song about pollution and destroying the environment ('idiot' crossed with 'discotheque'), "Paranoid Android" partially parodies the overly mopey and depressing music that the band had been stereotyped as making ([[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin the Paranoid Android]] is a comically depressed robot), "Worrywort" refers to the person who the song is being sung ''to,'' "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" refers to being forced to fit the mold and living a 'normal' life, etc.
* NonMammalMammaries - The fish in the "Paranoid Android" video. Strangely enough, that's the only humanoid feature that fish has, and isn't even noticeable at first...
* NothingIsScarier - Nobody knows what the horrible thing that "Kid A" represented to Thom Yorke was.
* ObligatoryBondageSong - A case could be made for the first verse of "Sulk."
* ObsessionSong - "All I Need".
--> "I am the next act/waiting in the wings/I am an animal/trapped in your hot car/I am all the days/that you choose to ignore".
** Also "Climbing Up the Walls", which is about a ImplacableMan stalking his victim ... [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation or something.]]
** "Where I End and You Begin" starts off as a basic love song with some dark themes of disconnection. [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook - Jonny Greenwood, although age seems to have caught up with him more recently.
** Seems to be mostly due to his hair. See PeekABangs below.
* OminousMusicBoxTune - "Kid A".
** "No Surprises" also qualifies, even though it uses a xylophone. The lyrics describe depression, overwork, and pollution, among other things.
** "Everything in its Right Place" has shades of this.
* OneDimensionalThinking: The man being chased by the car in the "Karma Police" video. [[spoiler:And later the car itself.]]
* OneLiner - Thom often delivers them as a way to introduce songs live. Given the band's [[SurrealHumor sense of humor,]] they are often very strange.
* TheOner - The "No Surprises" video. The continuous 57 seconds in which Thom Yorke is submerged was done by speeding up the track Thom is miming to as his face becomes totally submerged, then editing the footage to slow it down for the full minute. The making of this video is featured in ''MeetingPeopleIsEasy'', which shows Thom's frustrations with being unable to do the shot correctly for several takes.
* PatterSong - "A Wolf At The Door" is a DarkerAndEdgier take.
* PeekABangs - Jonny Greenwood's signature look.
* PerishingAltRockVoice - Thom tends to this.
* PermaStubble - Thom had this for a while, although it's become a fully grown beard since ''In Rainbows''.
** [[ZigZaggingTrope Everyone else's facial hair seems to be in flux]].
* PissTakeRap - The post-chorus section of "The Bends," [[SpringtimeForHitler which like most of the song was intended as a joke,]] [[GoneHorriblyRight but ended up being written too well for anybody to notice.]]
** A much grimmer example is "A Wolf at the Door."
* PrecisionFStrike
** The famous strategically placed "you're so fucking special" in "Creep".
** The line "dance you fucker" in "A Wolf At The Door".
** "Thinking About You" ("[[ADateWithRosiePalms ...'cause I'm playing with myself...]]").
** "Myxomatosis" also applies.
** A couple occur in "Talk Show Host": "If you want me/fuckin' well come and find me" and a bit later "Fucking come on and break the door down".
** A milder version: the Precision S-Strike in "Fitter Happier" ("that's driven into / frozen winter shit").
* PopStarComposer - Jonny Greenwood, who has scored ''Bodysong'', ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood'', ''Literature/NorwegianWood'', ''We Need to Talk About Kevin'' and currently, ''The Master'' (again for Paul Thomas Anderson). Funnily enough, his compositions sound nothing like Radiohead.
* RaceFetish - The girl in "Pearly*" has a "sweet tooth for white boys." It's not played for titillation.
* 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,]] [[{{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). Drummer Philip Selway is aware, and is not happy with this.
** Colin Greenwood's confirmed [[BiTheWay bisexuality/bicuriosity]] does absolutely ''nothing'' to stem the flow of cheesecake.
* RearrangeTheSong - "Morning Bell" is rearranged on ''Amnesiac'' as, appropriately, "Morning Bell/Amnesiac".
** The b-side "Fog" was rearranged live on piano and titled "Fog (Again)".
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech - "Nude" is one directed at [[HeManWomanHater He Man Woman Haters]], "A Punch-Up at a Wedding" is one directed at a [[TakeThatCritics critic]] who wrote a particularly scathing review of the band's homecoming show.
* {{Recut}} - Thom wrote up a considerably shorter alternate tracklisting for ''Hail to the Thief.'' While it cuts out several widely-liked songs, it also flows a lot better as an album:
-->1. there there
-->2. the gloaming
-->3. sail to the moon
-->4. sit down. stand up
-->5. go to sleep
-->6. whereiendandubegin
-->7. scatterbrain
-->8. 2+2=5
-->9. myxomatosis
-->10. a wolf at the door
* RecycledLyrics - The lines "I don't know why I feel so tongue-tied/I don't know why I feel so skinned alive" is included in both "Cuttooth" and "Myxomytosis".
** The phrase "staring up inside of me" is used in "Inside My Head" (a b-side to "Creep") and "Bullet Proof... I Wish I Was".
** A very early, rare demo called "Ed's Scary Song" (which is just Thom and Ed goofing off with an organ and chanting lyrics) contains the seeds of several later songs. The lyric "I live a wallpaper life of playing guitar in a band" would be altered and used in "Cuttooth," and "Standing in the shadows at the end of the bed" would be used in "Kid A." There are also several lines that point ahead to "Everything in its Right Place:"
-->He was a good man
-->And he said he was the best
-->Even when life spat in his face
-->He put everything back in its right place.
* RefrainFromAssuming - "Just" is sometimes appended with "(You Do It to Yourself)" for this reason. Former: 3 times. Latter: 15. It's often called this by American alternative radio disk jockeys.
** The same also applies to "Street Spirit (Fade Out)", often shortened to "Fade Out" for no reason.
** "Creep" often appears on filesharing sites as "So Fucking Special" after its best known lyric.
** Both "Myxomatosis" and "Cuttooth" have been mislabeled as "Tongue Tied."
** "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" is probably out there on hundreds of filesharing websites mislabeled as "Reasonable Man."
* RockstarSong - "Anyone Can Play Guitar"
** Given [[DarkerAndEdgier a dark twist]] with "Myxomatosis".
* {{Rockumentary}} - ''MeetingPeopleIsEasy'', which focuses on the ''OK Computer'' era and the band's gradual burnout during their world tour. It [[TrueArtIsAngsty tends toward the arty side]].
* RoomFullOfCrazy - The artwork. Dear God, the artwork...
* RougeAnglesOfSatin - Thom isn't very good at typing. Somehow, rather than being {{Narm}}, this just makes the cryptic messages on the band's website more disturbing.
** This was apparently how "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" got its name. It fit the song so nobody bothered to change it.
* {{Sampling}}:
** "Idioteque" samples "Mild und Leise" by Paul Lansky and "Short Piece" by Arthur Krieger. The Lansky sample was so vital to the song that the band sent him a letter telling him they'd sampled him for the track and wanted to make sure it was okay with him.
*** The song's [[UncommonTime bizarre beat]] and the background chirps were reportedly created from playing a ton of records all at the same time (creating white noise) and feeding them through a drum machine.
** "Kinetic" samples the drums from "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" by MilesDavis.
** "Dollars and Cents" samples an Alice Coltrane song for the bass.
** There's a very well-hidden sample in "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy." The recurring downward melody appears to be played by a keyboard or distorted string instruments- but if you speed the song up, it's revealed to be a loop of a choir doing vocal exercises.
** "Motion Picture Soundtrack"'s harp parts are sampled from various old Disney movies.
** "Give Up the Ghost" and "Codex" feature sampled bird noises, which [[FadingIntoTheNextSong serve to transition from the former to the latter.]]
* SanitySlippageSong - "Climbing Up the Walls". "Do not cry out or hit the alarm, we are friends 'til we die."
** "Lock the kids up safe tonight, shut the eyes in the cupboard..."
* SceneryGorn - Parts of the ''Kid A'' artwork incorporate this to varying degrees, 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]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere - "Cuttooth." "I will leave my wallpaper life/and run away to the foreign legion/as the tanks roll into town."
* ShoutOut - The title of "Subterranean Homesick Alien" to Music/BobDylan's "Subterranean Homesick Blues".
** [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Marvin the Paranoid Android.]]
** The entirety of "Banana Co." to ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude''.
** "Optimistic" has a line that references AnimalFarm.
** [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour "2+2=5"]]
** ''The Bends'' is dedicated to the then-recently deceased Creator/BillHicks.
** "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy" references Music/AlGreen's "So Glad You're Mine."
* ShrinkingViolet - Many consider Jonny Greenwood to be this. 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."
* ShutUpKirk - The 'manipulator' character in "Dollars and Cents" overpowers the voice of the 'free man' during the chorus.
* SiameseTwinSongs - "The Tourist" and "Airbag" from ''OK Computer''. They tell a coherent story together, but are placed in reverse order, [[BookEnds with "The Tourist" at the end of the album and "Airbag" at the beginning.]]
** "Fitter Happier" is basically an extended spoken-word outro to "Karma Police."
** A very strange version of this trope would be "Hunting Bears"/"I Might Be Wrong." They flow perfectly into each other, are in the same key, have the same tempo, harmonize perfectly when played on top of each other... but they don't follow each other on ''Amnesiac.'' Instead, "Hunting Bears" serves as more of a DarkReprise of "I Might Be Wrong," or an intro to "Like Spinning Plates."
* SingleStanzaSong - Radiohead are quite good at using only a few lines to get their point across: "Like Spinning Plates," "Everything in its Right Place," "Kid A," "The National Anthem," "Sail to the Moon," "I Will," "How I Made My Millions," "Melatonin," "Permanent Daylight," "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)," "These Are My Twisted Words," "Codex," "Trans-Atlantic Drawl," and "Give Up the Ghost" all qualify.
** "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" is an unusual example, as it only contains a single stanza of lyrics, but they are repeated in different orders and are distorted and altered throughout the song.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent - ''Kid A'' and ''Amnesiac''. (See note on NewSoundAlbum above.)
* SongStyleShift: Most famously, the multi-sectioned "Paranoid Android".
** Halfway through "Sit Down. Stand Up," the slow-burning mood piece transforms into an insanely fast Music/AphexTwin-like composition with Thom's layered voice chanting about raindrops.
** Also in "The National Anthem", where the horns/trumpets suddenly enter and it becomes into a free jazz jam.
* SpokenWordInMusic - "Fitter Happier" has a computer doing the vocals.
** There's also a repeated sample from a movie in the background, along with some other unsettling noises.
** Also "Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors" (see entry under AutoTune).
* SpoofAesop - The liner notes of ''OK Computer'' are filled with tongue-in-cheek cut-outs from self-help books and instructions on how to make friends, and numerous sequiturs. The effect was described by David Cavanagh of ''Uncut'' as similar to being "lifestyle-coached by a lunatic".
* SpringtimeForHitler - Supposedly, the guitar "crunches" just before the chorus of "Creep" were an attempt by a very disgruntled Jonny Greenwood to ruin the master track. It wound up being one of the most distinctive parts... [[ZigZaggingTrope and then people started disliking it after it got waaaaay too much exposure compared to the rest of their material.]]
* StopAndGo - "Just".
* StudioChatter - At the beginning of "2+2=5".
-->'''Jonny''': We're on.
-->'''Thom''': That's a nice way to start, Jonny.
** Heavily reverbed studio chatter can be heard in the background of "Where I End and You Begin," most notably Thom repeating "check... check."
** "Climbing Up the Walls" contains clips of what is apparently studio chatter pitch-shifted and buried among the insect noises and violins. The song must be slowed down before it can even be noticed at all, and even then it's hard to make out what is being said (it seems to be "we're playing... ready?" though it also sounds rather like "amazing... amazing").
* SubliminalSeduction - "Exit Music" includes reversed samples of children playing.
** The intro to "Everything its Right Place" features a distorted voice saying [[AlbumTitleDrop "Kid A."]] [[MindScrew It says the same thing when you play it backward.]]
* SurrealMusicVideo - The band absolutely loves this trope, as shown in the videos for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LeLAELIxKY Karma Police]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vgMYcMROcc Knives Out]]", "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vs1DX32t38c There There]]" and "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIFLtNYI3Ls Just]]", among many others.
* TakeThat: The "kicking screaming Gucci little piggy" line in "Paranoid Android" was directed at a [[RichBitch obnoxious, wealthy, coke-addled woman]] who threw a tantrum in a bar Thom Yorke was in.
** "Electioneering" is a rant against politicians who will say or do anything to get elected.
** "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy" is one against corrupt bankers. [[WordSaladLyrics Sort of.]]
** "Trans Atlantic Drawl" seems to be one against tabloids.
* TakeThatCritics: "A Punch Up at a Wedding (No No No No No No No No.)" is about a critic who wrote an extremely negative review of the band's Oxford show and tore into both the band and the audience. Thom admits he shouldn't have let it get to him.
--> I mean, one of the biggest days in my life. Obviously for all of us. And this... whoever this person was, just tore it to shreds. And they just tore the audience to shreds [...] this person managed to totally and utterly ruin that day for me forever. And it really shouldn't have done, and I should be bighead enough to just ignore it. And there was a lesson there, which I have I learned now. But I just didn't understand why someone, just because they had access to a keyboard and a typewriter, could just totally write off an event, that meant an awful lot to an awful lot of people. And there'd been just no answering back, no nothing, that was it, the end of the story.
* TearsOfJoy: Thom Yorke said he "blubbed his eyes out" after hearing the final mix of "There There."
* TitledAfterTheSong - They're named after the Music/TalkingHeads song "Radio Head."
* TitleTrack: "Kid A" and "The Bends."
** "Palo Alto" was originally called "OK Computer," but was reworked and had its name changed when the decision was made to leave it off the album.
** "The Gloaming" almost became a title track, but the band decided it sounded "too prog rock" and settled on naming the album ''Hail to the Thief'' (after a line in "2+2=5") instead.
** "Reckoner" almost became a title track as well. The band ended up naming the album after a line in the song instead ("because we separate/like ripples on a blank shore/in rainbows").
** "Airbag," "No Surprises," and "My Iron Lung" are this for their respective [=EP=]s.
* TranquilFury: "I Will."
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Sulk" ascends from G to A for its guitar solo and final chorus.
** Inverted in "Cuttooth;" after Thom's opening scream, his vocals shift down a step and remain there for the rest of the song.
* TrueCompanions - Two decades on, the band has never had a member change. Ed said it best:
--> "...even if we disbanded tomorrow, I would still consider them to be my brothers."
* TheSomethingSong - "Pyramid Song". [[SubvertedTrope It's got nothing to do with pyramids]].
** 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.
* TwoPlusTortureEqualsFive - The title of "2+2=5", which is a direct reference to Literature/NineteenEightyFour.
* UncommonTime - A lot. "Everything in its Right Place" is in 10/4, "Morning Bell" is in 5/4, "15 Step" is in 5/4," "2+2=5"'s intro is in 7/8, "Go to Sleep" alternates between 4/4 and 6/8, and "Idioteque" is some bizarre hybrid of 7/8, 6/8, and 4/4. "Let Down" has a guitar part in 5/4 and the rest of the instruments in 4/4, "The Tourist" alternates between 9/8 and 10/8, and "You" has three measures of 6/8 followed by one measure of 5/4.
** Notably averted with "Pyramid Song", which can be written in common time; it just has a very unusual rhythm.
** Also averted by "Myxomatosis," which sounds like it's in uncommon time due to the irregular cymbal hits and unusual synth pattern, but it's actually really in 4/4.
* VillainSong - A good portion of "Dollars and Cents."
-->We are the dollars and cents
-->and the pounds and pence
-->and the mark and yen, and yeah,
-->why don't you quiet down?
-->we're gonna crack your little skulls
-->we're gonna crack your little souls
* VocalEvolution - Compare Thom's singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVcrnb-4T_E in 1993]] to his singing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfOa1a8hYP8 in 2011]].
* WitchHunt: "Burn the Witch," a legendary unreleased track of which only a few chords have been heard.
-->'''Thom:''' This'll all sound much better when it's played by the orchestra.
* WordSaladHorror - ''Dead Children Playing'' (a book of Stanley Donwood's art) has it in spades.
** Thom's quite good at producing it as well.
* WordSaladLyrics - Nearly literal example: some of the lyrics on ''Kid A'' came from Thom picking random words and phrases out of a hat. The most {{Egregious}} example would probably be "Morning Bell":
-->"Where'd you park the car? / Where'd you park the car? / Clothes are on the lawn with the furniture / And I might as well / I might as well / Sleepy jack the fire drill / Round and round and round and round and round and round and round..."
** This song isn't nearly as random as it appears, however, as it's about the dissolution of a marriage, and most of the imagery connects to this.
** Kid A, which was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GGI8dKq8fA&feature=related#t=0m26s apparently created by Jonny on the piano while Thom talked through what he was playing]] (and used vocal distortion to make the song a bit creepier). There's definite Pied Piper imagery in the song and futuristic elements.
-->I slipped away/I slipped on a little white lie/We've got heads on sticks/We've got ventriloquists/Standing in the shadows at the end of my bed/The rats and the children follow me out of town, etc.,
** From "Idioteque:"
-->Who's in a bunker?/Women and children first [[LoopedLyrics and the children first and the children]]/I laugh until my head comes off/Swallow 'till I burst/Who's in a bunker?/I have seen too much/You haven't seen enough/You haven't seen it/Laugh until my head comes off/Women and children first and the children first and the children/Here I'm alive/everything all of the time
*** And from "Cuttooth:"
-->I will lead a wallpaper life and run away to the foreign legion/as the tanks roll into town/a little bit of knowledge will destroy you/I build you up to tie you down/tie you to your feet and watch you burn in Hell/in Hell
* WordSaladTitle: "The Gloaming (Softly Open Our Mouths in the Cold)," "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy," "A Wolf at the Door (It Girl. Rag doll.)," "Cuttooth," ''OK Computer.''
* XMeetsY: As a whole, they can be most easily described as JeffBuckley and TheSmiths crossed with either Music/AphexTwin or {{The Pixies}}.
* ZeroesAndOnes: A working title for ''OK Computer.''

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