In the frenzy of news following this past weekend’s premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Inherent Vice” at the New York Film Festival, some eager-beavers spotted what they believed was a new Radiohead song, “Spooks,” in the film’s soundtrack (check it out here). But that wasn’t quite accurate. An instrumental jam described as cross between The B52s and Dick Dale, the tune has been a part of the band’s live set since 2006, and for fans holding out for a brand new song from Radiohead, this update might be a bit of a disappointment.
Responding to word circulating around the web, Radiohead guitarist and “Inherent Vice” composer Jonny Greenwood took to Twitter to clear the air. “I rewrote [‘Spooks’] and got Supergrass to play it,” he posted. “It’s good, but not very [Radiohead]!”
Later clarifying that it’s “only 2/3 supergrass,” Greenwood also said “it’s really a half idea we never made work live. It’s better now than The Pixies/surf pastiche it was.”
It’s not clear yet which members of the Brit-pop trio were involved (though Supergrass guitarist Gaz Coombes and drummer Danny Goffey have previously performed with Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood), No word yet on an official release of the “Inherent Vice” soundtrack, but until then, here’s a live video of Radiohead performing “Spooks.” And no, it doesn’t really sound like something in their usual wheelhouse. [Richard Hartley]