The Songs That Shaped: Thom Yorke’s…Face
So the Grammy awards ceremony has just rocked our middle-of-the-road populist boots, and Radiohead have just released details of new album “The King Of Limbs” which will drop digitally onto most people’s computer desktops this coming Saturday [February 19th].
This combination of events has far more in common than you’d first anticipate. As hard as it is to believe, Thom Yorke was once upon a time Grammy spokesman extraordinaire (in fact it was this time in 2009), when a team of Photoshop experts constructed his face constituting the songs that have inspired him as a musician.
Here is that list.
Elvis Costello and R.E.M. are both in vast surplus, which is to be expected since Michael Stipe’s friendship with Yorke is strong. I guess the real surprise here is the heavy inclusion of The Verve!
Elvis Costello: Alison; Pump It Up; Accidents Will Happen; Veronica; Radio Radio; Oliver’s Army; Everyday I Write The Book; Watching The Detectives; I Want You
R.E.M.: Everybody Hurts; Losing My Religion; It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine); Man on the Moon; Fall On Me; The Great Beyond; The One I Love
The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony; Lucky Man; Valium Skies; The Drugs Don’t Work; Love is Noise; Sonnet
Throwing Muses: Bright Yellow Gun; Snakeface; Teller; Surf Cowboy; Shimmer; Dizzy
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man; Psoriatic; Jolson and Jones
DJ Shadow: Organ Donor; Six Days; Midnight in a Perfect World
Can: Pinch; One More Night
UNKLE: Rabbit in your Headlights; Lonely Soul
Laika: Almost Sleeping; Black Cat Bone
David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes
Rolling Stones: Tumbling Dice
Liars: Wrong Coat For You Mt. Heart Attack
Modeselektor: Kill Bill Vol. 4
Autechre: Vose In
Handsome Boy Modeling School: Holy Calamity
Prince Buster: Hard Man Fe Dead
Madvillain: Meat Grinder
PJ Harvey: This Mess We’re In
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Here is the Spotify Playlist if you’d like to take a listen. Just click ‘Subscribe’. 53 tracks coming in at a whopping 3 hours.
-James Godwin, February 16th, 2011