A Collaborative History with Radiohead

on July 15, 2011, 2:00pm
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There’s a chance for magic when musicians cross paths. For some it’s groundbreaking (Aerosmith ft. Run DMC – “Walk This Way”), and other times it’s the thought that counts (Nelly ft. Tim McGraw – “Over and Over”). But when there’s that spark that elevates a collaborated piece to a whole new level, well, that’s the stuff that melts the hearts of music fans. No longer are artists forced to snail mail DATs to each other via the Postal Service or find the time to meet in the studio. Online file sharing has facilitated endless possibilities for artists to exchange work around the world with the click of a button touch of a screen.

With several of the most acclaimed albums of Generation Y, Oxfordshire quintet Radiohead have intrigued, inspired, and influenced fans and musicians for over two decades. Everything Radiohead does is viewed under a microscope with the brightest spotlight. With such unprecedented adoration and credentials, the band and its members are at liberty to pick and choose who they collaborate with whether it be scoring a soundtrack for a high profile Hollywood director or dueting with an Icelandic songbird, hoping one doesn’t show up to the studio with the same swan outfit.

Because of this “power”, for lack of a better word, we carved out an easy-to-read collective history of the team-ups between Radiohead alumni and their music peers. Some of them have yielded commercial success while others are more obscure, simmering in our collections for a rainy day. While we patiently wait for a world tour, check out the many collaborations the British aural power has accomplished, and from there, let your imagination run wild with any ideal pairings for the future. But, let us know, of course.

-Daniel Torres
News Writer

Feature artwork by Cap Blackard.

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April 19, 2014 at 9:50 pm

What about DOOM-Retarded Fren w/ Thom and Greenwood?

July 19, 2011 at 12:17 am

Seem to have missed out Thom’s collab with Drugstore, ‘El Presidente’. Otherwise, why might it have been omitted?

July 18, 2011 at 9:42 pm

You forgot Thom Yorke’s collaboration with Four Tet before his Ego/Mirror collab with Burial. Other than that, good article.

July 18, 2011 at 1:23 pm

There seems to be one glaring omission to me.  You seemed to miss the Thom Yorke collab with CRS (Child Rebel Soldier), also know as Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams.  Not sure if you’ve heard of those three guys.  Not sure how you guys could have possibly missed that one, especially with as much Kanye ball-licking as you guys do.

Alex Young
July 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

We did consider it, but technically they only sample Thom Yorke on the song.

July 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm

How about a Collaborative History with Dave Grohl/Foo Fighters for next in this feature? So many to name: Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, etc

Alex Young
July 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Nice idea, Stew. We’ll add it to the list! :)

Alex Young
July 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Nice idea, Stew. We’ll add it to the list! :)

July 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Roger Daltrey, Eddie Vedder, the whole Probot album, and more

July 17, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Roger Daltrey, Eddie Vedder, the whole Probot album, and more

July 15, 2011 at 9:22 pm

ED??????????????????????????? WHERE THE FUCK IS ED????????????????

July 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Thom is God and there is no doubt about it. Jonny could come second in the hierarchy. BTW, where is Ed?

Andy Morgan
July 18, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Today, the part of Ed will be played by Thom.

Also, the part of Thom will be played by Thom.

Len Comaratta
July 15, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I think that Johnny would have made a better ‘god’ in the image – but then again, that is why no one religion is correct.

Michael Roffman
July 15, 2011 at 6:57 pm

I’m a Jonny enthusiast, as well.


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