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June 17, 2011 11:08 AM   Subscribe

35 cover videos of Radiohead's Paranoid Android mixed together. Reminiscent of Kutiman's ThruYOU which you should really, really watch if you haven't. Via reddit.com/r/music.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas (43 comments total) 34 users marked this as a favorite

 
music = love
posted by lulz at 11:16 AM on June 17, 2011


The kid with the tele plus has the solos pretty much nailed.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 11:22 AM on June 17, 2011 [7 favorites]


Solitary solenoid, terminally paranoid...
posted by Holy Zarquon's Singing Fish at 11:23 AM on June 17, 2011


Kudos for managing to keep everything in sync. This must have been a hair-pullingly-difficult editing job. Seriously great job.
posted by schmod at 11:26 AM on June 17, 2011


schmod, here's a link to the discussion on reddit where the video's creator explains his method.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 11:30 AM on June 17, 2011


I really wish they wouldn't sing.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 11:55 AM on June 17, 2011


Either too much steel drum or nor enough.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 12:05 PM on June 17, 2011


Wow, that's great. It's spot on -- I love how they handled the robot voice parts.
posted by spiderskull at 12:06 PM on June 17, 2011


A. GUITAR & BEAR SUIT: jamontoastst, USA
posted by dismas at 12:14 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Also, it sure is hard to not look a little goofy singing this song. I thought it was just Thom.

not intended to be a dig on either this video or Radiohead in general, both of which i like
posted by dismas at 12:22 PM on June 17, 2011


I don't know how much truth there is in this but I was once informed that the line "Kicking Screaming Guchi Little Piggy" is a description of all five Spice Girls.
posted by gergtreble at 12:22 PM on June 17, 2011


I'm usually the first to drop a snarky turd in a thread, and I'm not even a Radiohead die hard, but I found watching all these people so lovingly recreate this song incredibly moving.

Maybe I just ate my empathy Wheaties this morning.
posted by to sir with millipedes at 12:27 PM on June 17, 2011


I love seeing people get really into this song, even if they don't hit all the notes or if they look a little melodramatic doing it. It reminds me of how I felt the first time I heard it back in '97. I was 16, had only really gotten into pop music at the time. Paranoid Android came on the radio, and I literally stopped everything I was doing and listened with jaw dropped. As corny as it may sound, I started crying after it was over. I didn't know what the lyrics meant at all, but the music itself was so moving, and that had been a really, really tough year for me.

And bless my Sheryl Crow-loving dad's heart for letting me change the radio to the alternative station every time we went anywhere (even though my mom didn't approve of that sort of music) just in case it came on again and for bearing my high-pitched girly screams when it did.
posted by katillathehun at 12:30 PM on June 17, 2011 [5 favorites]


Stoner in Santa hat: check
posted by Beardman at 12:36 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Shaken not stirred.
posted by Meatafoecure at 12:41 PM on June 17, 2011


The kid with the tele plus has the solos pretty much nailed.

Wow, no shit. He's pretty darn essential to the mix.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:50 PM on June 17, 2011 [4 favorites]


I don't know how much truth there is in this but I was once informed that the line "Kicking Screaming Guchi Little Piggy" is a description of all five Spice Girls.

The answer is very little.

in a bar in hollywood* the centre of the western universe, standing at the bar (social drinking) after doing the talk show bit. do you want to know this? this is what we aspire to is it? it is dark, there is a woman opposite me o is as sociably anorexic as her poodle, she looks desolate in her make up and lost eyes, next to her her husband boyfriend is persuading a younger fleshed half his age stewardess to come back to the hills to their mansion to sample his wine. she looks t him like he's a character in a hammer house horror. one of our friends spills a glass of wine over a vacuum packed gucci outfit complete with matching white hand bag. the witch goes crazy, we think it is fuunny. until we see the evil in her eyes. m friend is asked to leave. the gucci creature is the closest thing i have seen to the devil. the woman is possessed. i cannot sleep that night asking what we've got our selves into. voices talking like fax machines, hissing and spitting like demons, this is the master race. and now im part of it. anyway you didnt want to know that.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:52 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


The answer is very little.

I guess its just one of those things you WANT to be true ;)
posted by gergtreble at 1:01 PM on June 17, 2011


Everytime I complain about what the Internet has become versus what I felt people intended it to be in the late 90's, someone gives me something like this.

...and I shut my god damn mouth to smile harder.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 1:06 PM on June 17, 2011


I wonder how much of the original song is in the final mix. A lot of those soloists were playing to it in the background.

Not that I'm saying this isn't awesome. I got chills during the "rain down" bridge.
posted by meandthebean at 1:11 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


"I think I feel good about it."
posted by JHarris at 1:51 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm not even a Radiohead die hard, but I found watching all these people so lovingly recreate this song incredibly moving.

This was my reaction too, that was great.
posted by Lorin at 2:09 PM on June 17, 2011


I wonder how much of the original song is in the final mix. A lot of those soloists were playing to it in the background.

Yeah, I noticed that on second play too. That explains why it sounds like you can almost hear Thom Yorke ... because you can!
posted by mrgrimm at 2:24 PM on June 17, 2011


kattillathehun, right with you on that sentiment. I was a little punk-rocker when I first heard about Radiohead and I checked out OK Computer from the library. It blew my NOFX-addled mind. My love for Radiohead has waxed and waned over the years, but Paranoid Android will always have a special place in my heart.

And while we're on the subject of awesome covers I just have to give a shout out to Brad Mehldau's Live in Tokyo version:

Part 1
Part 2

p.s. if you aren't a huge Radiohead or jazz-piano fan you may not enjoy this.
posted by jnrussell at 2:28 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


My love for Radiohead has waxed and waned over the years, but Paranoid Android will always have a special place in my heart.

Ditto. Pre-PA (which was the first single from OK Computer?), Radiohead was the band who had "Creep" but not much of a debut album and a strong yet mostly conventional-rock second album.

But as soon as I saw that video the first time it felt like oh man this is gonna change everything. It didn't have the huge cultural effect of Smells Like Teen Spirit but it kinda feel like the same sort of sea change was happening...
posted by mrgrimm at 2:38 PM on June 17, 2011


Speaking of Kutiman, he's released a new video spliced together from live performances he recorded in Jerusalem. It's cool.
posted by spiderskull at 3:22 PM on June 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


Synced covers are always interesting; there's also Chris Isaak's Wicked Game and Depeche Mode's Personal Jesus.
posted by duende at 3:57 PM on June 17, 2011


Radiohead was the band who had "Creep" but not much of a debut album and a strong yet mostly conventional-rock second album.
posted by spiderskull at 11:22 PM on June 17


You think "The Bends" was a "strong yet mostly conventional" album

I venture to suggest that you, sir, are out of your fecking mind.
posted by Decani at 4:03 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


awesome post. thank you.
posted by lukievan at 4:35 PM on June 17, 2011


This was pretty awesome!

And yes, I'm with Decani - "The Bends" was awesome, and I often feel that "OK Computer" gained many of its plaudits in the same way that some Oscar winners are rewarded - belatedly, and for a previous piece of work...
posted by benzo8 at 4:36 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


I teared up around 2:50 when they really kicked into it and stayed teary for the rest. It's not just that I still love this song so much, but seeing and hearing all that earnest and sometimes inspired amateurism (a literal description, not a put-down), painstakingly collected by someone else, was unexpectedly moving. Thanks for the unexpected (and the introduction to the kid with the Telecaster -- stellar!)
posted by maudlin at 5:09 PM on June 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


You think "The Bends" was a "strong yet mostly conventional" album.

Except it was. Especially in light of everything they released subsequently. This is not a put down, however.
posted by joe lisboa at 5:25 PM on June 17, 2011


yes that first time, it knocked me flat, my teenage understanding of music totally blown up
posted by moorooka at 6:01 PM on June 17, 2011


Hmmm if this editing process could be automated we could finally bypass DRM forever by assimilating a couple dozen covers of each song!
posted by mhjb at 6:10 PM on June 17, 2011


Except it was. Especially in light of everything they released subsequently. This is not a put down, however.

Indeed. Conventional done well is just as good, and in some ways more difficult to achieve, then unconventional done well. It's all music, that can be greatly enjoyed.
posted by juiceCake at 7:03 PM on June 17, 2011


I really wish they wouldn't sing.

Yeah that totally fucked it. Dude should cut it again
posted by the noob at 8:25 PM on June 17, 2011


I really wish they wouldn't sing.

I thought that was the best part. There were a lot of different vocal styles on display, and the fact that it was co-ed made it even cooler and more universal. None of them are Thom Yorke but then, that's sort of the point. And I'd listen to that woman at 1:45 sing anything.
posted by en forme de poire at 10:11 PM on June 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


I like his Porcupine Tree, "Trains" mix better than the Radiohead.

The Kutiman mixes are brilliant. Thank you.
posted by xod at 2:29 PM on June 18, 2011


Awesome mix. Even Yoda wouldn't have the foresight to foresee this!
posted by ericteoh at 10:00 AM on June 19, 2011


This is not a put down, however.

Not at all. The Bends is sometimes my favorite Radiohead album and almost always in the top 3.
posted by mrgrimm at 5:53 PM on June 19, 2011


Awesome.

Video is kind of reminding me of the music guy who thought that all music videos should just be videos of people playing the instruments used to make the music. I can't remember who said that in what context, or where I read it (other than it was in a comment on metafilter), though.
posted by subdee at 6:21 PM on June 19, 2011


Yeah, I dunno why things like this and the Kutiman mixes always get me to tear up. It's like, I am so, so, happy that the internet was invented, if only for things like this existing.
posted by not_on_display at 8:15 AM on June 23, 2011


schmod, here's a link to the discussion on reddit where the video's creator explains his method.

Gah! He did it the hard way! Super-kudos to him, then!
posted by schmod at 8:56 PM on June 28, 2011


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