Radiohead Lyrics

Talk Show Host

I want to
I want to be someone else or I’ll explode
Floating upon this surface for the birds
The birds
The birds

You want me?
Fucking well, come and find me
I’ll be waiting
With a gun and a pack of sandwiches

And nothing
Nothing
Nothing
Nothing

You want me?
Well, come on and break the door down
You want me?
Fucking come on and break the door down

I’m ready
I’m ready
I’m ready
I’m ready

I’m ready
I’m ready

 

SONG INFORMATION

Released: January 1996
Found on: Street Spirit CD1. Nellee Hooper remix found on Romeo & Juliet movie soundtrack. Black Dog remix found on Foundation, Coming up from the Streets.

One of the best B-sides ever recorded by any band, “Talk Show Host” presents Radiohead exploring the trip-hop style. The song recalls Portishead’s debut album, Dummy. The original version, on the Street Spirit (Fade Out) CD1, is the most guitar driven of the versions released. The band has never articulated the song’s meaning, but the number does contain some of Radiohead’s best lyrics. The next version released was the Nellee Hooper remix on the William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet soundtrack, which differs from the original in that it includes various backing sounds and far less guitar, giving it a mysterious feel. The most unusual version is the Black Dog remix, in which the instrumental part and the vocals are played at different tempos than they are on the original – it’s hard to sing along with. This version is very wild, and when the acoustic guitar comes in, the track takes on a magical quality. The best version, however, is the live take, with Jonny’s added keyboards and a wonderfully long guitar jam at the end.



  • Trifonas

    Wonderful song.

  • sgt.Penguin

    i just recently got in love with this song, is so awesome!