With Radiohead‘s new album ‘The King Of Limbs’ out today (February 18), it’s a good excuse to wallow in their gem-strewn back catalogue and revisit some of their greatest moments.
So many wonderful songs to choose from. Beyond the seven studio albums, there’s also live set ‘I Might Be Wrong’, bootleg recordings, unreleased anthems (such as ‘Lift’), and a peerless collection of B-sides.
Of those lesser-known songs, personal favourites include the chiming ‘How Can You Be Sure’ (from the ‘Fake Plastic Trees’ single), and ‘Talk Show Host’, perhaps the sexiest Radiohead song ever (sonically, at least – there’s nothing particularly erotic about the line “I’ll be waiting with a gun and a pack of sandwiches”).
We asked a few musicians to pick their favourite Radiohead tracks.
Plan B: ‘High And Dry’. “The first time I saw it was on a skate video. It was like a slo-mo film of skating on ramps and I was like, ‘Fuck!'”
Andre 3000, Outkast: ‘No Surprises’. “Because it sounds as if they’re crying like babies and shit.”
Simon Taylor, Klaxons: ‘Fog’. “It was a B-side on ‘Knives Out’. It has these lines about alligators walking around sewers which I really like.”
Tom Meighan, Kasabian: ‘Paranoid Android’. “It’s genius, man. The way Jonny Greenwood plays that guitar – fucking unbelievable.”
Pete Doherty: ‘The Bends’. “It sounds like being on benzedrine… ha ha ha.”
Kele Okereke, Bloc Party: ‘Idioteque’. “They played it at their gig in Victoria Park and it was like nothing I’d ever heard.”
But which are your favourites? We’ll aggregate your comments and turn them into the ultimate user-generated Radiohead playlist next week.
More bands pick their favourite Radiohead tracks:
Update Friday 18th 10am – Radiohead release a video for a track from the album, ‘Lotus Flower’: