Trivia / Radiohead

  • Black Sheep Hit: They have a knack for this. "Creep," their first hit, is more of a starting point for their work than anything else — they evolved past it fairly quickly. Their highest-charting song since then, "Bodysnatchers," is considerably more raucous and punk-influenced than the rest of In Rainbows.
    • "Lotus Flower" (which, thanks to its memetically famous video, became quite big online) sounds almost nothing like the band's prior work.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Radiohead grew to hate their first hit song, "Creep," because people would show up to their concerts exclusively to hear it, acted indignant until they played it, and left immediately afterwards. They continued to play it reluctantly, usually stating how they have no respect for the people that wanted to hear it right before. They eventually cut the song from their setlist for a long period of time, and wrote "My Iron Lung" as a reaction ("This / This is our new song / Just like the last one / A total waste of time / My iron lung.") They even asked every single band who were playing on the Pyramid Stage (which they headlined) at Glastonbury 2003 if they'd be so kind to perform it so they didn't have to (the duty taken up by Moby instead). Now it seems that they've warmed up to it, since they played "Creep" several times in 2009 and (as of this writing) twice in 2016.
    • Thom Yorke also dislikes another early hit, "High and Dry," saying "It's not bad... it's very bad." Radiohead hasn't played it for over a decade.
  • Creator Breakdown: Thom Yorke's periods of depression largely inspire the bleak tone of much of his work. Most notably, his trouble coping with the attention that the band received after the success of OK Computer (supposedly, at one point, he'd have panic attacks just by trying to play guitar) largely caused the much more challenging music in Kid A and Amnesiac.
  • Dye Hard: Some fans can date Radiohead photoshoots by album era based off the cut and color of Thom's hair.
  • Fan Nickname: Until the name was announced as A Moon Shaped Pool, the band's 2016 album was often referred to as LP9 by fans.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The early leak of Hail to the Thief is unmastered (and therefore not Loudness War'd), and it also has some other differences from the final product such as extra passages that were deleted in the final version etc. You can still find it on the Internet if you know where to look; unfortunately, it's only available in 192kbps mp3.
  • The Merch: There were several shirts made of lyrics from In Rainbows songs: "you used to be alright - what happened?" ("15 Step"), "you'll go to hell for what your dirty mind is thinking" ("Nude"), "blink your eyes - once for yes, two for no" ("Bodysnatchers"), "I am trapped inside this body and can't get out" ("Bodysnatchers"), "no matter how it ends, no matter how it starts" ("House of Cards"), "this is one for the good days" ("Videotape"), and the regular layout of the album title and band name that was on the album cover proper.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Just about all of the collaborators on TKOL RMX 1234567.
    • Jonny himself is a promoted fanboy for Krzysztof Penderecki, with many of his classical compositions inspired by Penderecki and performing with the elderly composer at Sacrum Profanum 2011 and even collaborating together on an album (48 Responses to Polymorphia being Jonny's own addition.)
  • Reality Subtext: See Creator Breakdown above. In addition:
    • Hail to the Thief was influenced in part by the rise of the far right in European and North American politics, as well as Thom's fatherhood.
    • A Moon Shaped Pool is colored by Thom's divorce from Rachel Owen and the death of Nigel Godrich's father.
  • Refitted for Sequel: There are many songs in the band's catalogue that were written in a certain album's sessions, but for various reasons were shelved—then appeared, reworked, on another album years later.
    • Examples of this are "Motion Picture Soundtrack" (written at the same time as "Creep" in the early 90s and eventually appearing on Kid A in 2000), "Nude" (written during the OK Computer sessions and finally appearing on In Rainbows), and "Morning Mr Magpie" (a Hail to the Thief-era leftover that appears in acoustic form on The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time , retooled later for The King of Limbs).
  • Throw It In:
    • A missed cue led to the electric guitars in "Fake Plastic Trees" coming in late. It worked, so they left it.
    • The title of "Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box" stemmed from typos.
    • The three blasts of "dead notes" at the end of the verses in "Creep" were Johnny Greenwood getting frustrated with the slow song and trying to "fuck it up."
  • Trolling Creator: During the short times after "Creep" grew into the explosively popular Black Sheep Hit of the band, they grew to hate the song so much that they would deliberately botch live performances of it. See an example here, where intentional bass and guitar flubs as well as Thom going off-key manage to make the audience unanimously turn against them, with Thom continuing to sing with a massive grin on his face as the audience boos.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The band veered into the avant-garde electronica of Kid A as a reaction to the overwhelming praise garnered by OK Computer's more accessible, anthemic art-rock. Fans of the latter sometimes find themselves wishing their favorite album *hadn't* been one of the most acclaimed of all time.
    • The B-side "Cuttooth," well-liked among the community, was very nearly included on Amnesiac, but held off at the last minute for reasons unknown.
    • There were plans to release Kid A and Amnesiac as a double album.
    • Because the band often performs songs live before they set them to tape, there are a lot of versions of certain songs floating around. Some notable examples include the various forms of "Nude" played for a decade before it was finally recorded, and the original version of "Videotape" which ended with a rather epic rock-out instead of the album version's drum loops.
    • Imagine what it would've been like if "Spectre" had actually been the theme song for the Bond movie. Maybe it would've won the Oscar that went to Sam Smith's Bond song instead.
  • Word of God: Averted by the video for "Just:" The final line that the man lying in the street says is not subtitled, and the cuts between odd camera angles make lip reading impossible. The band have refused to say what the line is. Lip-readers making the attempt have said it seems to be "I like banana yoghurt".
    • Thom himself stepped in with the true lyrics of "Pearly*" ("Darling use me") when he saw that fans were hearing it "Daddy hurts me."

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