I THINK ONE OF MY READERS MIGHT BE ONTO SOMETHING…

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Last week this comment was left behind by Ian Balentine:-

“Theme For Great Cities was totally ripped off for the Radiohead song “Where I End And You Begin” from Hail To The Thief. Not saying that’s a bad song, I just wish they’d give SImple MInds a songwriting credit. Listen side by side and you’ll cringe.”

It’s been a long long while since I listened to Hail To The Thief in its entirety so I fished out the copy from the CD shelves.  Lo and behold……

mp3 : Radiohead – Where I End And You Belong (The Sky Is Falling In)

mp3 : Simple Minds – Theme For Great Cities

I have to add that all these years later I heard lots of cracking things on Hail To The Thief that passed me on its release in 2003. It’s still a bit hit’nmiss in places but there’s a lot more to enjoy about it than I previously recalled. And its opening track is an absolute belter.  Here it is with the other tracks that were on the two CD singles:-

mp3 : Radiohead – 2+2 =5

mp3 : Radiohead – Remyxomatosis (Christian Vogel RMX)

mp3 : Radiohead – There There (first demo)

mp3 : Radiohead – Skttrbrain (Four Tet remix)

mp3 : Radiohead – I Will (Los Angeles version)

Be warned…..there’s loads of electronic noodling on these mixes of tracks that all made the final cut of the LP.  Havingsaid that, the 7 minute plus version of There There is fascinating just to compare it to the later version and mix that was released as a single.

Enjoy

5 thoughts on “I THINK ONE OF MY READERS MIGHT BE ONTO SOMETHING…

  1. Thanks for the shout! It’s just one of those things that us music nerds do, you know? Anyway, I absolutely love Hail To The Thief, it sounds like nothing else in their catalog and is unfairly forgotten when discussing the great Radiohead albums. I never get bored of it!

  2. Wouldn’t go as far as ‘totally ripped off’ myself but a great spot and definitely ‘influenced’ by just as, say, Chelsea Girl borrowed a riff from Lou Reed’s Temporary Thing which Jim Kerr has happily since acknowledged.

  3. ‘There There’ is my favourite Radiohead song, I love ‘Punchup At A Wedding’ to. Agree with Ian, HttT is a really good record. It certainly beats the living crap out of the pretentious, tuneless dirges they’ve seen fit to put out since.

  4. No brainer here @ianbalentine hit it on the head!! Now hears hoping they SM open with that track on Friday night when I see them in Washington DC!!

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