Whichever one of you asked for a new Radiohead song for Christmas, thank you. To be honest, you should have been a bit more specific, but we at Backbeat are counting our blessings regardless. According to the epic Brit rockers' obsessive fansite, Atease.com, the long-lost track you are about to listen to below has made its way from somewhere within the band's early '90s Pablo Honey days to its post-King-of-Limbs, Jonny's-really-into-soundtracks days just in time for the holidays.
And the gift keeps on giving: Depending on which back story you believe, the song is called either the very Radiohead "How Do You Sit Still" or the very On A Friday "Putting Ketchup in the Fridge," something the band's previous guise could have shelved next to its infamous track "Phillipa Chicken." Some fans argue the song was created closer to the guys' Bends years, but the more important point is that it is stunning.
Listen to the song (while watching Thom yawn for four minutes) here:
"Putting Ketchup in the Fridge" is a lovely, if unassuming, lullaby that rolls sadly and slowly into a crescendo heavy with Yorke's painful sonic panic, the final throes reminiscent of "Fake Plastic Trees." The lyrics are both sorrowful and saccharine, but because this is Radiohead, they are also ominous: "Everybody knows / Someone's gonna fall / But you decide just how badly / I don't want to watch / turn the other way."
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If you managed to get tickets to one of the smallest dates on the band's forthcoming American tour, Radiohead is scheduled to play Broomfield's 1STBANK Center March 13.