The Directors of Radiohead

Fake Plastic Trees video has a feature up highlighting some of the directors Radiohead has worked with over the years in their music videos. The band has long been known to create highly creative videos, which is in large part to the directors they work with. Jake Scott (son of Ridley Scott), Jonathan Glazer, Grant Gee, Michel Gondry, and Jamie Thraves are all featured. Here’s an excerpt about Thraves’ work on “Just”:

Thraves has done videos for bands like Blur and radio titans Coldplay, but none of his videos has caused more stir than Radiohead’s “Just.” It epitomized the look of rock cool at the time. He nailed it with the Elvis glasses, Yorke’s wardrobe and the hot shots of Jonny [Greenwood]’s string-bending solo. But what’s kept fans talking on forums and blogs over the years is the weighty statement made by the man on the sidewalk that makes the crowd lie down with him, just as the subtitles stop. People have gone so far as to watch it in slow motion with lip-reading experts to determine what the line is. The results? Inconclusive, since the shot cuts away to the band anyway. Neither Jamie Thraves nor the band will say, even if there is actually something to say, since they feel it would defeat the point of the art. But fans still keep asking the question, anyway.

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This feature is an ongoing special that IFC is running called “Radiohead Fanatic Fortnight.” Check that link often for new things and also for a chance to win Special Collectors Edition packages of Radiohead’s first three albums, and 12 high-quality vinyl EPs.


Radiohead’s Videos: A Studied Look

Check out this site which has a comprehensive history of all of Radiohead’s music videos. Very cool….

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YouTube Friday: All about Thom

Since Thom’s album leaked this week, we thought we devote today’s YouTube Friday to some classic Thom videos found on YouTube.

The first one is a recent one, videotaped from the May 18th show in London. Apparently some heckler was in the crowd and told Thom to get off stage.

Oh wow.. remember when Thom collaborated with Drugstore on that song “El President”? His voice sounds great in this song. Remember the rumor that he and Drugstore lead singer Isabel were going to be naked in mud bound together for the video? We reported about it in 1998 and the rumor was squashed by Isabel shortly thereafter. Anyway, here’s the video they decided to do:

Next up: We don’t know what this is…

Back at one of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts (1998?), Radiohead and R.E.M. decided to swap singers for one song each. Michael Stipe sang “Lucky” with Radiohead and Thom sang “Be Mine” with R.E.M. This clip is from a R.E.M. documentary and shows Thom’s rehearsal.

Ahhh.. the golden years. We’re not just talking about Thom’s hair here either. We leave you with Thom’s 12 string performance of “Street Spirit”. Enjoy!