Wednesday, April 30, 2008

EXIT music

Radiohead has partnered with MTV's EXIT, a campaign to highlight issues of forced labor and abuse, to produce a video for the In Rainbows track "All I Need". Thom Yorke had this to say regarding the pairing:

"All power to MTV for taking this on because it's obviously going to be difficult for them in terms of the advertisers. If you talk about slave labor, then the issue of cheap goods from the East is all about that. With the ["All I Need"] video their lawyers had to beg to make sure there wasn't a single white [sneaker] with a logo on it because the implication would be a little too close. But the implication is still there. If [MTV] are able to break the taboo of enslavement and put it onto the agenda then it’s a good thing. If they get people to think in terms of the profits we make in the West because of cheap labor, then that's a good thing."
The video, which is to debut tomorrow, has already made its way onto the MTV website, and is posted below. Perfect way to start the day: best band ever + horrible human rights violations.

In other, less depressing Radiohead news, at midnight on May 4th (yeah, that's Saturday night, so set your TiVo) VH1 will broadcast Radiohead_In Rainbows_From the Basement, an exclusive performance special recorded in producer Nigel Godrich's basement studio. The set will be culled mostly from, duh, In Rainbows - "15 Step", "Bodysnatchers", "Nude", "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi", "House of Cards", and "Reckoner" - but will also include some older material - "Myxomatosis", "Where I End and You Begin", and "Optimistic" (sweet!).

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