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Zero’s and Ones… Thom York is a GOD!

As a RABID Radiohead fan, I have always been a bit cocky when it came to my fandom.  I’ll be the first to tell you that I have loved this band since the first time I heard Creep and have bought a copy of every single album, b-side, one off, and re-mix that they have ever touched.  Hell I even bought the soundtrack to There Will Be Blood by Jonny Greenwood.  But when someone told me that Radiohead had been hiding secret codes and messages in their album covers and songs I was taken aback by how I could have possibly missed the boat on this one!

Radiohead have been notoriously putting little gems and Easter Eggs in their albums for years.   For example, If you bought a hard copy CD of Kid A and cracked open the CD tray, you’d find a little booklet with poems, and strange drawings.  Now weird in it’s own right, but it turned out that the poetry was actually lyrics from songs they would eventually release on Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief… years later!  Sure one of the aforementioned albums was basically b-sides of Kid A but you get the point… they’re always looking for ways to intrigue their fan base.  But I was no where near ready for the mindfuck they’d deliver when they released In Rainbows.  Here’s a rundown…

In Rainbows was notoriously released on a “Pay what you feel like” website on 10/10 in 2007, that’s 10 years after the release of OK Computer, probably the most famous concept album since Pink Floyd’s The Wall.   They announced the album 10 days before it was to be released.  The working title of OK Computer was Zeros and Ones. There’s ten letters in both album titles, there’s a giant X on the cover of OK, the roman numeral for 10.  Flash forward to the release of In Rainbows, if you look at that album cover you can see Radiohead has spaced their cover art to show two “10s” at the bottom.  There’s 10 tracks on both albums as well.  I don’t know who figured it out first, but it turns out these albums, although 10 years apart, can be played as a cohesive playlist and the music and lyrics compliment each other in a way that makes your mind melt.  Honestly it sounds like these two albums, 10 years apart were recorded in one massive session.

Remembering that OK Computer’s working title was Zeros and Ones (01) and In Rainbows represented by Ten (10) the binary compliments each other.  From Puddlegum’s website:  “Consider that In Rainbows was meant to complement OK Computer, musically, lyrically, and in structure. We found that the two albums can be knit together beautifully. By combining the tracks to form one playlist, 01 and 10, we have a remarkable listening experience. The transitions between the songs are astounding, and it appears that this was done purposefully.

The lyrics also seem to complement each other. There appears to be a concept flowing through the01 and 10 playlist. Ideas in one song is picked up by the next, such as “Pull me out of the aircrash,”and “When I’m at the pearly gates, this will be my videotape.”

You just have to hear it for yourself.  To make the playlist take the first song from OK Computer, Airbag, then the first song from In Rainbows, 15 Step following this pattern until you get to Karma Police.  Make Fitter Happier the middle song then continue.  Add (of course ) a ten second cross fade on the playlist, put on some headphones and prepare to have your mind blown.

Here’s the playlist for those of you to lazy to go back and forth…

1. Airbag (OK Computer)
2. 15 Step (In Rainbows)
3. Paranoid Android (OK Computer)
4. Bodysnatchers (In Rainbows)
5. Subterranean Homesick Alien (OK Computer)
6. Nude (In Rainbows)
7. Exit Music (For A Film) (OK Computer)
8. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (In Rainbows)
9. Let Down (OK Computer)
10. All I Need (In Rainbows)
11. Karma Police (OK Computer)
12. Fitter Happier (OK Computer)
13. Faust Arp (In Rainbows)
14. Electioneering (OK Computer)
15. Reckoner (In Rainbows)
16. Climbing Up The Walls (OK Computer)
17. House Of Cards (In Rainbows)
18. No Surprises (OK Computer)
19. Jigsaw Falling Into Place (In Rainbows)
20. Lucky (OK Computer)
21. Videotape (In Rainbows)
22. The Tourist (OK Computer)

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