In Rainbows followed a run of superlative albums from the Oxford band, including its predecessor Hail To The Thief
, which had become the fifth consecutive Radiohead album nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.
The chart-topper follows in the footsteps of OK Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail To The Thief
and In Rainbow.
Burn The Witch is the title of a known and long unreleased Radiohead song dating back as far as 2002, referenced on the cover of the Hail To The Thief
Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP, Drake - Take Care and Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
They explore the impact of the increasing digitization of music after 2001 in the form of video games, websites, mp3 files, iPods, movie trailers, and YouTube clips, as well as the recent revival of the cassette culture; subversive musical responses to 9/11, including underground, improvised jazz, Radiohead's Hail to the Thief
and In Rainbows, and Nine Inch Nails' Year Zero; and musical protest, its absence in mainstream hip-hop, the apolitical 60s sound of acts like Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes, the rise of conservative punk around the 2004 presidential campaign, and responses of late-punk groups Alkaline Trio and Green Day.
The 1.85m-high painting titled The Spear is part of artist Brett Murray's Hail to the Thief
II exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg.
It has received rave reviews mixed with the usual criticisms that their setlist should be tailored more to crowd-pleasing favourites from OK Computer rather than chin-stroking outings from Kid A and Hail To The Thief
Sentimentality rating: 9 Longevity rating: 8 RADIOHEAD - SAIL TO THE MOON It was the birth of Thom Yorke's son Noah that inspired this track from Hail to the Thief
, and Yorke has spoken of how fatherhood has affected his songwriting - encouraging him to voice his unease at social injustice and our responsibility to future generations.
In fact, what I did after the second, third and fourth helpings of the 37-minute TKOL was revisit the band's back catalogue and get lost for a couple of days in all of their albums, particularly Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail to the Thief
and In Rainbows, all of which came out in the 2000s, but also the super ones that the band released in the 1990s - Pablo Honey, The Bends and OK Computer.
That may not be an Eminem-like number, but Brad Scheldon, the indie buyer for Amoeba, says it's been at least three years since the store experienced sales like those on the first day of release for "Suburbs": Amoeba moved 133 CDs and 60 LPs, harking back to the days of Radiohead's "Hail to the Thief
." "It was pretty remarkable," Scheldon says.
Coldplay's Parachutes and A Rush Of Blood To The Head and Radiohead's OK Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac and Hail To The Thief
, will all be limited edition releases.
Frontman Thom Yorke pledged to reduce Radiohead's footprint after it was shown that 50,000 trees were needed to offset CO2 from their Hail to the Thief