Radiohead’s The King Of Limbs was released 2 years ago today


Radiohead’s eighth studio album The King Of Limbs was released two years ago today.  The album was announced on February 14th (Valentine’s Day) on the bands website.  The King Of Limbs was originally set to be available to download on the following Saturday (February 19th), though it was released one day early with a message posted by Ed O’Brien on Radiohead’s website.  “It’s Friday… It’s almost the weekend…It’s a full moon…. You can download ‘The King of Limbs’ now if you so wish!  Thank you good people for waiting … Have a great weekend wherever you are….”

Radiohead thank you for waitingPhoto:  Artwork featured on Radiohead’s website  announcing The King Of Limbs on February 14th, 2011.

The King Of Limbs was recorded in Los Angeles, CA at a house owned by Drew Barrymore.  The album, produced by long-time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich was not recorded in a traditional method to that of their previous album In Rainbows.  The King Of Limbs showcases Radiohead sampling their owns instruments and recordings with turntables and software written by Jonny Greenwood.  The album was described by Thom Yorke as an expression of “physical movements” and “wildness” and is thought to be named after a tree of the same name in Savernake Forest in Wiltshire(United Kingdom).  Radiohead did not give any details or discuss the album until almost eight months after it’s release.

thom yorke recordingPhoto:  Thom Yorke during The King Of Limbs recording sessions.

Although no singles were released from The King Of Limbs, there was a music video released for “Lotus Flower”.  The video contains footage of Thom Yorke singing and dancing to the song in black-and-white.  The video was directed by Garth Jennings and choreographed by Wayne McGregor and became an instant meme on the internet and as of this post has 21,720,064 views on YouTube. Watch below.

Tracklisting for The King Of Limbs:

  1. Bloom
  2. Morning Mr Magpie
  3. Little By Little
  4. Feral
  5. Lotus Flower
  6. Codex
  7. Give Up The Ghost
  8. Separator

Colin Greenwood revealed earlier this month that Radiohead would be heading into the studio in September to begin work on a follow up to The King Of Limbs.

Today also marks the 2 year anniversary for this website.  I want to thank everyone who has visited and helped contribute to the site!!

Thom Yorke will be on BBC Radio 6 today with Steve Lamacq to discuss Atoms For Peace and AMOK.  BBC Radio 6 will be streaming AMOK in full for the first time throughout the day today  You’ll be able to stream it online here.

Atoms For Peace will release their debut album AMOK  on February 25th (Feb 26th in the U.S.) and can be pre-ordered through XLRecordingsAmazon, and iTunes.

The King Of Limbs Tree RadioheadPhoto:  The King Of Limbs tree in Savernake Forest.  Photo by Ben Symonds.