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Backbeat and Radiohead make it on CNN -- for all the wrong reasons

Some things, guys, are just too good to be true. Backbeat discovered the perfect example of this fact this morning when, while watching TV, we saw the blog on CNN and wondered what the hell was going on. The story behind that story involves Radiohead, a bakery, the major media outlet, the Internet and a gentleman named Christopher Stopa.

Actually, it turns out it doesn't really involve Radiohead.

When Backbeat, full of joy and love and holiday spirit, heard what we believed to be a miraculously undiscovered Radiohead song (foreshadowing) last week, our immediate reaction was to squeal, faint, wake up and share it with our family. By this, we mean you, dear readers, the people it turns out we accidentally lied to right in time for Christmas.

But you'll forgive us, we're sure, when you learn that we didn't even know we were fibbing until CNN reporter Brooke Baldwin told us. It turns out that the Radiohead news we thought was too good to be true was actually, in fact, untrue. The song we shared with you last week is not only not called "Putting Ketchup Into the Fridge," but is is not even by the unfairly talented Brit rockers, just an eerily similar impostor and full-time baker.

Watch the CNN clip below (and ignore the misguided Eminem joke):

"That is actually not the name of the song... and it's not Radiohead," Baldwin broke the news to thousands of rabid and flabbergasted Radiohead buffs, Backbeat included. The upsetting news was followed by its explanation: Christopher Stopa, the aforementioned Thom Yorke sound-a-like wrote and recorded the song, called "Sit Still," in 2001, and even he was surprised by how far it traveled outside of his computer.

"What started coming out of my speakers sounded extremely familiar, and after a couple seconds I thought, 'Wait a minute, this is my song,'" Stopa says of hearing the track, a decade after writing it, through a blog attributing it to Radiohead. It's still unclear how the blogosphere became so befuddled in the first place. "My first thought was to think that I had somehow hit play on my iTunes."

So there you have it: the true story behind the fake story that we still wish were a true story. If there's a moral to this story, it's that we're sorry (and a little excitable). And if there's a silver lining it's that, hey, that song is still pretty great.

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