In the past week BBC Radio 1’s Edith Bowman has been playing parts of an interview with Ed O’Brien where he revealed that Radiohead are doing another webcast.
Ed: “We’re probably going to do a Siouxsie and the banshees track next week. We’re going to go back into the studio.”
On picking the forthcoming single, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Ed said: “We don’t actually pick the singles, unless we have a very strong opnion about it. Nowadays it’s what people play on the radio. We’re not the best judges of that. So we leave that to our very good friends who help us out on that. Kevin and our management. It was actually the last song to make the album. We had 16 songs and it nearly didn’t make it onto the record and ironically it’s the first single. I like this song. Thom kept saying it’s a friday night record: You’re in the pub, it’s all kicking off. You had a few drinks, it’s the end of the week. You just got paid and this is what happens. You wanna have a dance, you see a girl in the corner. You’ve had a few drinks, you smile. The look, you know all that stuff. I love this song. It’s remembering what Friday nights were like.”
Ed also talked about how the setlists for the live shows come together: “We usually play two nights in a venue so we can actually play different sets each night. So, that’s cool. Phil, Thom and I do the setlists. Before a big gig the setlist meeting can go on for about three hours. It can start like this: Thom would say ‘we’re not going to play anything of OK Computer. We’re gonna play all the hard stuff’. And you go ‘OK, Alright’ and then you have arguements like ‘Don’t be stupid. Of course you have to play Paranoid Android. Don’t be rediculous. 20,000 people. These poor people came all this way and then play some obscure songs from a b-side.’ There is actually an answer. You want people to listen and you want to push them a bit. And you want to reward them for listening. So, it’s about dropping the songs at the right time. And also, it’s about a flow. Those gigs, when there’s ‘the band and the audience’… you know those when the top of your head comes off. It’s almost religious. You’re trying to work towards that as well.”
Listen to a compilation of the clips (thx Noli me tangere) from the interview, where Ed also talks about how the songs come together, which Radiohead record to start with for new fans (‘The Bends’), on recording ‘In Rainbows’ and also his favourite new bands (Kings Of Leon, Klaxons).