All signs seem to suggest that a new Radiohead album is imminent. We at Consequence of Sound are very excited; judging by the readers’ poll, you too are very excited. Is there anyone on god’s green earth that isn’t eagerly awaiting the record? Well, actually yes: That would probably be Sam Smith. In fact, it seems the UK balladeer isn’t even familiar with the name Thom Yorke.
During a press conference following the Golden Globes, Smith — whose Spectre theme song “Writing’s on the Wall” earned him a trophy that night — was asked to weigh in on Radiohead. Specifically, a journalist asked the “Stay With Me” singer whether he was surprised that Thom Yorke would release Radiohead’s submitted (but ultimately rejected) Spectre song on Christmas.
“Thom Yorke?” he replied somewhat confused, looking for a little help from “Writing’s on the Wall” co-songwriter Jimmy Napes, who quickly filled him in on Yorke’s apparently elusive identity. After pondering the question a few seconds, Smith answered, “Yeah, I was a little bit surprised,” cheekily adding, “But I haven’t listened to it **personally** because **I** did the Spectre theme song.”
It’s not quite beef that I smell, but as Pitchfork put it, it appears shade has been thrown.
Revisit both Spectre songs below.