The Songs That Shaped: Thom Yorke’s…Face

So the Grammy awards ceremony has just rocked our middle-of-the-road populist boots, and Radiohead have just released details of new album “The King Of Limbs” which will drop digitally onto most people’s computer desktops this coming Saturday [February 19th].

This combination of events has far more in common than you’d first anticipate. As hard as it is to believe, Thom Yorke was once upon a time Grammy spokesman extraordinaire (in fact it was this time in 2009), when a team of Photoshop experts constructed his face constituting the songs that have inspired him as a musician.

Here is that list.

Elvis Costello and R.E.M. are both in vast surplus, which is to be expected since Michael Stipe’s friendship with Yorke is strong. I guess the real surprise here is the heavy inclusion of The Verve!

Elvis Costello: Alison; Pump It Up; Accidents Will Happen; Veronica; Radio Radio; Oliver’s Army; Everyday I Write The Book; Watching The Detectives; I Want You

R.E.M.: Everybody Hurts; Losing My Religion; It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine); Man on the Moon; Fall On Me; The Great Beyond; The One I Love

The Verve: Bitter Sweet Symphony; Lucky Man; Valium Skies; The Drugs Don’t Work; Love is Noise; Sonnet

Throwing Muses: Bright Yellow Gun; Snakeface; Teller; Surf Cowboy; Shimmer; Dizzy

Scott Walker: 30 Century Man; Psoriatic; Jolson and Jones

DJ Shadow: Organ Donor; Six Days; Midnight in a Perfect World

Can: Pinch; One More Night

UNKLE: Rabbit in your Headlights; Lonely Soul

Laika: Almost Sleeping; Black Cat Bone

Bjork: Unravel

David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes

Rolling Stones: Tumbling Dice

Liars: Wrong Coat For You Mt. Heart Attack

Modeselektor: Kill Bill Vol. 4

Autechre: Vose In

Handsome Boy Modeling School: Holy Calamity

Prince Buster: Hard Man Fe Dead

Madvillain: Meat Grinder

PJ Harvey: This Mess We’re In

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

Here is the Spotify Playlist if you’d like to take a listen. Just click ‘Subscribe’. 53 tracks coming in at a whopping 3 hours.

-James Godwin, February 16th, 2011

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