9 Days Till New Radiohead: Paranoid Android

There are only 9 days until the new Radiohead album, In Rainbows, comes out. So I thought that I’d give a little piece of random Radiohead trivia each day. Now I’m sure a lot of people probably know some of these things, but I’m sure a lot of people don’t as well!

First up is Paranoid Android, probably the one single song that defined my entire musical future. Without seeing this video on MTV when I was in the 8th/9th grade, I don’t think I’d be the person I am today.
My favorite bit of Paranoid Android trivia is that the song itself was sort of inspired by the Beatles song, Happiness is a Warm Gun. Both songs are basically three pieces of different music, all pasted together!

Thom: “it really started out as three separate songs and we didn’t know what to do with them. Then we thought of ‘Happiness is a warm gun’ – which was obviously three different bits that John Lennon put together – and said ‘Why don’t we try that?'”

Jonny: “Paranoid android is a minature-version of ok computer. It was the first song i put on a tape for friends to listen after recording the album, because it’s a good introduction for the rest of the album. Paranoid Android should make you curious for the rest of the album”.

Colin: “On Paranoid Android what we were into was the idea of a DJ Shadow meets The Beatles thing. It wasn’t about constructing a classical rock edifice like Bohemian Rhapsody. It was more about taking things apart and sticking them together again to see if they made any sense, in the same way that DJ Shadow does and in the same way that The Beatles did on stuff like I Am The Walrus. Nigel Godrich, our engineer, just spliced the different sections together and it was all luck.”


October 1, 2007