The most necessary Radiohead video might be this clip, of the band enjoying “Creep” on the MTV Seashore House in 1993. That is the video that confirmed what the band might’ve simply been: A one-hit wonder enjoying for disinterested frat boys and seashore bunnies, wanting uncomfortable and humiliated whereas knocking out their one good diamond of a pop track within the worst attainable location. As an alternative, Radiohead turned a era-defining band by difficult expectations at each flip, constructing an elliptical and difficult physique of labor alongside the way. Their movies have been an enormous a part of that. Radiohead have been making music movies for the web for years earlier than YouTube was a factor, and whereas they are not all good — there are many half-baked CGI experiments of their video oeuvre — they’re all fascinating. We picked the 10 greatest, and we rely them down under. (Notice: “Rabbit In Your Headlights” is not a Radiohead video, so it is not on this list. It might be top three, straightforward, although.)
10. “Nude” (2008, Dir. Adam Buxton & Garth Jennings)
A thought experiment in all of the methods you can also make a gaggle of people look creepy and alien via easy use of sluggish movement. The screwed-and-chopped model of Thom Yorke’s jitter-dance is a hypnotic factor.
9. “Pop Is Lifeless” (1993, Dir. Dwight Clarke)
“Creep” may be the long-lasting moment that launched this band to a world viewers, however its video is a straight Nirvana chew, as are the band’s different circa-Pablo Honey movies (besides “Cease Whispering,” which appears like a Verve Pipe video). “Pop Is Lifeless” is the one one which holds up, principally due to how a lot Yorke visibly enjoys enjoying a dandified vampire in a glass coffin. Bonus factors for being the primary Radiohead video that did not attempt to cover Phil Selways’ baldness.
8. “Go To Sleep” (2003, Dir. Alex Rutterford)
The disquieting all-CGI model of the “Simply” video, with catastrophic destruction standing in for an unheard cosmic joke. A polygonal Yorke seems to be on because the workaday world crumbles after which builds itself again up.
7. “Paranoid Android” (1997, Dir. Magnus Carlsson)
The countless, nonsensical NSFW animated odyssey that kind of invented the deeply randomized Grownup Swim aesthetic.
6. “No Surprises” (1997, Dir. Grant Gee)
Visually static and never totally unboring, however the picture of Yorke gasping for breath after letting water submerge his entire head in his area helmet is an iconic one. Additionally: Probably the primary lyric video ever made?
5. “There, There” (2003, Dir. Chris Hopewell)
Even earlier than its nightmare ending, that is in all probability Radiohead’s most dreamlike video, with Yorke shifting like a jittery wraith by way of a cease-movement wonderland that seems to be extra harmful than he may’ve imagined.
4. “Road Spirit (Fade Out)” (1996, Dir. Jonathan Glazer)
Radiohead did not do an excessive amount of work with iconic music-video administrators, and once they did group up with Michel Gondry for “Knives Out,” it was an ass-ugly catastrophe. So their two clips with Glazer, who would go on to direct Attractive Beast and Beneath The Pores and skin, are uncommon group-ups with a director who has the identical sense of imaginative and prescient that they do. Nothing a lot occurs within the “Road Spirit” video, however its uncanny slo-mo and luxurious black-and-white make it a weirdly ravishing imaginative and prescient. It is a crime that I can not discover a hello-res model on-line.
3. “Karma Police” (1997, Dir. Jonathan Glazer)
The band’s second Glazer collab is a ponderous however intense imaginative and prescient with its personal dream-actuality logic. Watching it on YouTube looks like a distant echo of the way so many people skilled it for the primary time, catching it whereas flipping by way of channels drunk or stoned, late at night time. Enjoyable reality: Glazer initially pitched the video to Marilyn Manson, and Manson shot him down.
2. “Lotus Flower” (2011, Dir. Garth Jennings)
Thom Yorke pushes his frantic onstage head-bobbles way, way previous their logical conclusion and finds a brand new sort of web immortality sooner or later. It was almost as nice when Yorke went full-on trendy dance with it in Atoms For Peace’s “Ingenue” video, however the degree of swagger it should’ve taken to tug this off by itself is a hell of a factor to think about.
1. “Simply” (1995, Dir. Jamie Thraves)
The mysterious, elliptical story is superbly informed; it is a uncommon case the place a music video makes use of subtitles and it does not really feel like a lazy shortcut. The expressionistic cinematography is otherworldly and highly effective. And the band themselves throw themselves into the act of pretending to play music with a degree of dedication and confidence that they have not proven earlier than or since.