Well, it’s that kind of Christmas morning. The Weinstein Company delivered a stocking stuffer of Paul Thomas Anderson and Quentin Tarantino talking 70mm, “The Hateful Eight,” and more, and now Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has given his own Xmas gift.
You’ll recall the James Bond movie “Spectre” from back in November, and the theme song by Sam Smith, which we called one of the worst elements of the bloated, not-so-good blockbuster. You’ll recall that Lana Del Rey and Ellie Goulding were once rumored to write the theme, and it turns out, Radiohead was also asked at one point. They, in fact, wrote a tune, but it was never actually used.
Yorke wrote on the band’s Soundcloud page about the song they penned, even including a “Star Wars” reference. “Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie ‘Spectre.’ Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.”
Symphonically dark and grand, with Yorke’s haunting falsetto gliding over the track, it’s unclear if “Spectre” will see a proper release, but Radiohead offered it as a free download on their Soundcloud page, so perhaps it doesn’t matter. Merry Christmas from Radiohead then. Perhaps dream up in your mind how much more interesting “Spectre” could have been as you listen to the track below. Happy holidays all and thanks for reading this year.
.. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you … https://t.co/BXN8MQKJyQ
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) December 25, 2015