Radiohead Fans Have Been Waiting 12 Years to Hear This Twangy Unreleased Song in Its Entirety
On June 24, 2006, Radiohead was sound checking before a show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley, California, when they played a song that fans have come to know as "Come to Your Senses." At the time, Radiohead was on the road testing out material for its upcoming new album In Rainbows, but this particular track never appeared on that record—or any after that. A few years ago, a bootlegger put a one-minute snippet of this sound check online; until now, that's the only known recording of this now-mythical Radiohead song.
On Sunday, marking the 12th anniversary since the sound check, the bootlegger who recorded the original session shared the audio in full. It's a loose sketch of the song, with frontman Thom Yorke queuing up the chords ("D minor!") and commenting on the acoustics of the room.
Yet, you get the full song, which is a country-leaning rock song with twangy guitars and stomping guitar. There are few songs like that in the Radiohead catalog—and possibly why it never made the cut onto any of their albums.
But the best part might be Yorke's casual banter at the end. "So this acoustic sounds weird, I've done something to the pickup haven't I," he says. "Wow, got an interesting stereo whichawhichawhicha."
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.
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