This is ... unexpected. Radiohead had been asked to write the theme song for the latest James Bond film, Specre. According to the band, it didn’t work out, but they recorded it anyway, and released it to the web.
The band released the song to SoundCloud yesterday, and it’s a gorgeous song, something that feels perfectly at home with some of the other Bond songs out there.
Here’s what they had to say about it:
Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre.
Yes we were. It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.
As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it.
Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.
There’s no indication as to why it didn’t work out, but it’s a cool thing to hear, even if it didn’t make the final movie.
For the record, I have to say I like Radiohead’s version quite a bit more than I like the song that ended up as the official track, Writing’s On The Wall, by Sam Smith:
Which did you like better?
Image credit: AP Images
[H/T to Clifford Kumar Perianayagam]