Radiohead song covered by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau on two of his albums (Art of the Trio 3 and 4), in live concerts and recorded on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio show. He stays very true to the original, aside from the solo section over the song's final chord progression. The poignant beauty of this song really comes through as a piano instrumental. As Mehldau himself put it:


When I first heard Radiohead play that, I thought, god this harmony is beautiful and evocative of something that could be right out of St. Mathew's Passion or Bach, or an aria for some opera. It has that tragic quality to it that immediately appealed to me.

Mehldau also covers Paranoid Android in concert and on the radio promo Deregulating Jazz. I'm sure you can find mp3s of both of these online.

The titular film is William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. This song was written after the band were screened the last half hour of the movie. Thom Yorke's original idea was to use lines from the play as lyrics, but apparently that didn't work out.

The most direct inspiration for the song was the moment in the film in which Juliet holds the Colt .45 to her head. But Thom was also thinking about the 1968 version of the film: "I saw the Zeffirelli version when I was 13 and I cried my eyes out, because I couldn't understand why, the morning after they shagged, they didn't just run away. The song is written for two people who should run away before all the bad stuff starts. A personal song."


source: green plastic radiohead

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