Song of the Day: Radiohead – “Knives Out”

On this day in 2001, Radiohead hit No. 1 on the U.K. album chart with Amnesiac, which went to No. 2 in the U.S. This is one of three singles from the album, one that took 373 days to complete. The problem? The song sounded too straightforward for the music Radiohead had been creating at the time. “We thought, ‘We’ve gotta put that in the bin, it’s too straight,'” frontman Thom Yorke once said. “We couldn’t possibly do anything that straight until we’d gone and been completely arse about face with everything else, in order to feel good about doing something straight like that. It took 373 days to be arse-about-face enough to realise it was alright the way it was.” The video is anything but straightforward though as it contains a real-life game of Operation, among other oddities.

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