Ed and Thom on BBC 6 Music, talk about In Rainbows and touring

by Jonathan on November 19, 2007

radio205x150.jpgIf you missed Ed and Thom on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6 Music program, don’t worry! You can listen to it by clicking this link. You’ll need RealPlayer, though.

Some highlights:
- Thom being asked what he did the day the album was released online: “I seem to remember sitting at home thinking there’s something I’m supposed to be doing today. I didn’t do anything that day.”

- Thom and Ed talk about how they recorded part of In Rainbows in a dilapidated mansion and slept in caravans on the grounds. Nigel wanted to throw the band “in an uncomfortable” situation. “Bodysnatchers” was recorded in a live take there.

- Nigel limited the band to about 15 or 16 songs to focus on to record.

- Thom on why “Reckoner” is completely different than the live version: “Because it’s not the same song. There was a song called Reckoner. I wrote a second part to it and then Jonny wrote another part to it and the song as it was left the building.”

- Thom on why “Nude” took so long to be released: “I think it’s because I used to hate the way I sung it.”

- “Down is the New Up” is described as “mental” by Thom. “Wait till you hear it.” He really wanted it to be on the album but according to Ed, it didn’t fit.

- Thom talked about all the “mad theories on the net”, specifically about the theory of 10s.

- Ed remarked that he was happy that Thom’s voice on In Rainbows was upfront and not “pulled back.”

- If they could relive one Radiohead moment again, both Thom and Ed would relive Glastonbury 1997 where the lights and PAs blew up.

- Speaking of Glastonbury, it sounds like they may be playing it this year if “they want us.”

- Though not finalized or confirmed, they may be playing the US for a couple of weeks starting in May. Europe would follow in June/July. Again, nothing is confirmed!

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