[Stream] new Radiohead: "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)"

It’s always good to wake up in the morning and find out Radiohead have released a new song! The greatest band on Earth (cue comment conflicts) were inspired by famed British WWI vet Harry Patch who passed away last week at the ripe age of 111. Patch spoke out against war after a horrifying experience during his service in WWI, which included a role in the bloody 1917 battle of Passchendaele in Belgium where 300,000 British troops died.

As for the song itself, Thom Yorke utilizes his beautiful crooning in lines like, “I am the only one that got through /
 The others died where ever they fell… I’ve seen devils coming up from the ground /
I’ve seen hell upon this earth”. Yorke also pays homage to the outspoken vet by lifting a quote from a famous 2005 interview with Patch, who refused to talk about WWI for 80 years: “The next world war will be chemical, but they will never learn.” Greenwood, on the other hand, orchestrates a multitude of string laden movements matching that epic cinematic feel present on his There Will Be Blood score.


As this quality isn’t fantastic and proceeds are going toward the Royal British Legion, you should check out Radiohead’s official website and definitely download the new tune for a mere £1!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Deakin August 5, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Radiohead is awesome. The new video from The Used is not.

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Christina Cole August 5, 2009 at 7:44 pm

fuck The Used

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Ryan August 6, 2009 at 11:15 am

Why would you bring up their nonsense?

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SomethingImplied August 7, 2009 at 12:15 pm

…yeah if you wanna advertise to the musically ignorant, this is probably the worst website for you to waste your time on.

The strings in this song sound awesome.

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