Radiohead Debuts New Songs Online
As tipped here yesterday, Radiohead treated fans last night (Dec. 18) to a Webcast featuring songs from the group's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled sixth Capitol album. Frontman Thom Yorke and bassist CoAs tipped here yesterday, Radiohead treated fans last night (Dec. 18) to a Webcast featuring songs from the group's forthcoming, as-yet-untitled sixth Capitol album. Frontman Thom Yorke and bassist Colin Greenwood hosted the session, in which the band DJed and played three new songs plus a cover of Dick Smith and Felix Bernard's yuletide classic "Walking in a Winter Wonderland."
"Hi. We haven't really finished the record actually," said Greenwood. "We've sort of finished the first bit of it, but we've still got to mix it. So this is getting us off the hook a little bit." Of the new songs played, "A Punch Up at a Wedding" was the sole previously revealed track, having been debuted during the group's European mini-tour earlier this year. The Webcast version was a sparse, piano-driven number with lyrics reflecting its title: "don't piss on our parade / don't shred our big day."
"I Froze Up" was a similarly unadorned ballad, with an organ melody supporting lyrics about a relationship ("You're the light wiping out my batteries / you're the cream in my airport coffees").
The other previously unheard cut, which Greenwood described as "this song is called 'Good Morning Mr. Magpie' or 'Morning, Me Lord'," had a faster tempo, and was guitar-based. "You've got some nerve coming here," Yorke sung over a melodic hook early in the song, but the twangy acoustic guitar strayed more and more off-beat as the song continued, disintegrating as Yorke sung the closing lines: "Good morning, Mr. Magpie, how are we today? You've stolen all the magic, and turned my melodies."
The band hosted similar streaming Webcasts during the recording sessions for its two most recent albums, "Kid A" and "Amnesiac" (Capitol), which debuted at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, on The Billboard 200 within eight months of each other.
Although a March 25 release date for the new album is circulating on the Internet, a spokesperson says Capitol has yet to schedule the set, which is more likely to appear in early summer.