Something about Radiohead’s music lends itself very well to being played on string instruments. Zack Reaves‘ multi-track performance of Everything In Its Right Place is a perfect example, as the warm and expressive sounds of the cello bring out even more emotion in the track. He also did a great cover of Burn the Witch.
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Daft Punk and Radiohead are two of our all-time favorite musical acts. But what would it sound like if the robots decided to play Paranoid Android? Well, Jehan has the answer, and it’s pretty awesome. Between the fat synth beats and the wailing electric guitar, it reminds us more than a little bit of Muse.
Radiohead’s 1997 classic Paranoid Android always cuts deep when we hear it, and it’s as power-packed as ever with this amazing cover version by UK brass band Old Dirty Brasstards. The trumpet does a surprisingly good job standing in for Thom Yorke’s vocals.
“Thou art like an angel. Thy skin makes me cry.” Hildegard von Blingin‘ is back with another medieval cover of a modern song, this time changing up Radiohead’s 1992 classic Creep with a proper old English vibe. Though it’s too bad the “F” word wasn’t in common usage until the 16th century or so.
Musician Mick Mazz continues to bring the retro with another solid cover version reinterpreted for the decade of big hair and Rubik’s Cubes. This time, he reworked Radiohead’s Creep with a thick coating of frequency modulated synthesis, digital drums, and other instrumental tropes of the 80s.
Musician Cihan Gulbudak turns in an epic performance of Radiohead’s 1997 hit Paranoid Android using a theremin to replace the main vocal track. The spooky alien sounds suit the song just perfectly. Be sure to check out his cover of Massive Attack’s Teardrop too.
PAB_Music pulls off a impressively accurate cover version of Radiohead’s 1997 classic, performing each of its instrumental and vocal parts, then layering them together. He previously worked his magic on Under Pressure and Where the Streets Have No Name.
A bit from a 2012 Central Park performance by Reggie Watts in which he replicated the esoteric and offbeat sounds of Thom Yorke and the gang from Radiohead. It’s so spot-on that some are calling it a “cover” rather than a “parody.” Download or stream the track here.
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke teamed up with Greenpeace to release an instrumental piece to help support nature conservation in one of the world’s most precious locations. The track is accompanied by dramatic black and white footage captured by the ship Arctic Sunrise.
Musician Jon Gomm presents an acoustic guitar cover of Radiohead’s 1995 track High and Dry that will pull you in and won’t let go. If you liked what you heard, be sure to check out Passionflower, which put him on the map for his ability to retune his guitar while performing.
We recently came across this amazing arrangement of Radiohead’s hit Paranoid Android, performed as a series of layered cello tracks by musician George Durham, with the string instrument taking on duties of both the melodic and rhythmic parts of the 1996 classic.
Since this video by Green Grass dates back to 2011, it doesn’t include Radiohead’s most recent albums, but it’s still fascinating to hear the soothing sounds you get when you play every song the band recorded between Pablo Honey and Supercollider/The Butcher simultaneously.
BBC Earth returns to the seas 16 years after The Blue Planet, but with the today’s camera tech, it’s sure to blow our minds like Planet Earth II did. The 5-minute short teases us with some of the incredible sights to come, and is set to a soundtrack by Hans Zimmer and Radiohead.
We’re not sure how we missed this incredible Radiohead cover when Weezer recorded it 2011, but we figured some of you might have missed it too. One commenter said Rivers singing Thom’s part was “Like seeing Woody Allen in a Batman movie.” We agree, but in a good way.
A remastered version of the Radiohead classic OK Computer. It will also come with three unreleased tracks and eight B-sides. The boxed edition comes with a hardcover artbook, a notebook with copies of Thom Yorke’s notes from the time of recording, and more.
Musician Josh Cohen has a thing for performing cover versions of Radiohead tunes on his grand piano. Each and every one of the tracks will pull you in and won’t let go with its quiet intensity. We can’t decide if Everything In Its Right Place or Daydreaming is our favorite.