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Coloring Club Plus — 9/17/19

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Hail to the Thief is the sixth studio album by the English rock band Radiohead, released on June 9, 2003. After transitioning to a more electronic style on their albums Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001), recorded through protracted studio experimentation, Radiohead sought to combine electronic and rock music. Hail to the Thief has been described as featuring alternative rock, art rock, experimental rock, and electronic rock. The album features less digital manipulation and more conventional rock instrumentation than Radiohead’s previous two albums, making prominent use of live drums, guitar and piano. Yorke’s voice, heavily manipulated on Kid A and Amnesiac, returned to the front of the music undisguised. Several tracks use the “Pixies-like” quiet-to-loud building of tension Radiohead had employed on previous albums.

They recorded most of Hail to the Thief in two weeks in Los Angeles with longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, focusing on live takes rather than overdubs. Songwriter Thom Yorke wrote many of the lyrics in response to the War on Terror and the resurgence of right-wing politics in the west. The cover artwork, created by longtime Radiohead artist Stanley Donwood, is a roadmap of Hollywood with words taken from roadside advertising in Los Angeles and from Yorke’s lyrics.

Despite a high-profile internet leak of unfinished material ten weeks before release, Hail to the Thief debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, and was certified platinum in the UK, US and Canada. It produced three charting singles: “There There”, “Go to Sleep” and “2 + 2 = 5”. The album received mostly positive reviews and was the fifth consecutive Radiohead album nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

There There” (The Boney King of Nowhere) is a guitar-led rock song with layered percussion building to a loud climax.

Yorke feared the song may be lost, but Radiohead returned to the UK and recorded an alternative version in their Oxfordshire studio. Yorke said he cried with relief when he heard Godrich’s mix, saying he had dreamed of how he wanted the song to sound: “And one day you walk into the studio and there it is. But you’ve not been standing there with a hammer and trying to beat it out of the desk or your guitar, it’s not necessary. It’s just there one day.”

Yorke said the song was “supposed to be comforting – ‘It’s alright, you’re just imagining it’.” The subtitle “The Bony King of Nowhere” refers to an episode of the animated series Bagpuss, which Yorke watched with his young son.

Yorke asked Bagpuss creator Oliver Postgate to create a music video for “There There”, but Postgate, who was retired, declined. Instead, a stop-motion animation video was created by Chris Hopewell. Yorke instructed him to make a video similar to the works of the Brothers Grimm and Czech animator Jan Švankmajer: “Fifties East European genre animation, overlaboured and naive.”

The video debuted on the Times Square Jumbotron in New York on May 20, 2003, and received hourly play that day on MTV2. The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction at the 2003 MTV Video Awards.

WARNING:  Some may find this video surreal, disturbing, and/or downright scary.

 

Here’s a live version from Lollapalooza in 2016 that is dang good:

 

 

In pitch dark
I go walking in your landscape
Broken branches
Trip me as I speak

Just ’cause you feel it
Doesn’t mean it’s there
Just ’cause you feel it
Doesn’t mean it’s there

There’s always a siren
Singing you to shipwreck
(Don’t reach out, don’t reach out
Don’t reach out, don’t reach out)
Steer away from these rocks
We’d be a walking disaster
(Don’t reach out, don’t reach out
Don’t reach out, don’t reach out)

Just ’cause you feel it
Doesn’t mean it’s there
(Someone on your shoulder
Someone on your shoulder)
Just ’cause you feel it
Doesn’t mean it’s there
(Someone on your shoulder
Someone on your shoulder)
There there

Why so green and lonely?
And lonely, and lonely?

Heaven sent you to me
To me, to me?

We are accidents waiting
Waiting to happen

We are accidents waiting
Waiting to happen

Songwriters: Colin Charles Greenwood / Edward John O’brien / Jonathan Richard Guy Greenwood / Philip James Selway / Thomas Edward Yorke

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