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Who designed it? Stanley Donwood, who’s designed every Radiohead cover since ‘The Bends’. Donwood likes to work next to the studio Radiohead record in, allowing his paintings to match with whichever sea change the Oxford group are exploring at the time. This scatterbrained piece mirrored the mood of Thom Yorke and co., whose songs took on George W. Bush, consumer culture and post-Y2K anxiety.
They say Donwood: “I wrote all the words down then cut them up and put them together in rough maps. The artwork were maps of cities that had some relationship with the war against terror. Manhattan, LA, London, Grozny, Kabul.”