Sunday, February 03, 2008


"Videotape" sounds like Thom Yorke balladeering at a piano bar in purgatory. "This is one for the good ol' days", he sings, laying into a slow chord shuffle while video of his past sins play above his head. Will he make it to heaven or hell? Don't know. But it's fun (Radiohead fun!?!) to hear him plead his case. It's like "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" for the melancholic set.

It seems many people favor "All I Need" as In Rainbows' best track - and it is a great one -, but "Videotape" touches me the most (followed closely by the surprisingly sexual "House Of Cards" where Yorke reveals his infidelity fantasy).

It's cinematic, but in a different way. Usually Radiohead draw that compliment for their atmospheric sound, but "Videotape" makes me think of a filmic moment because of Yorke's lyrics... especially the final verse (accompanied by that image of the purgatory bar, of course):

"This is my way of saying goodbye/Because I can't do it face to face/So I'm talking to you before it's too late/No matter what happens now/I shouldn't be afraid/Because I know today has been the most perfect day I've ever seen"

Yet, in the end, I don't think God or The Devil gets his soul. I think he'll forever be the resident piano man at the bar bewteen heaven and hell... kinda like Warren Oats at the beginning of Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia, or, better yet, Hoagy Carmichael in To Have and Have Not.


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