Video: Radiohead performs "Give Up The Ghost" on Fallon

Photo by Nate Slevin

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011, happened last week, and not only was it the single best night of baseball entertainment possibly ever, but also Radiohead played their first non-charity U.S. gig in over three years to a smallish crowd at The Roseland in NYC. At this point, Radiohead’s NYC media thing is confusing to me. Colbert Report, Saturday Night Live, two relatively intimate public performances, DJ sets, and an appearance with Jimmy Fallon all in a city that lauds some of the top champions of consumerism and greed — two tenets the Radiohead boys would love to live without (thought they apparently could live without performing at the “Occupy Wall Street” rally, much to the chagrin of every amateur iPhone camera-taker for miles). And not only all that, but King of Limbs came out like 7 1/2 months ago. Bands: one day, you too will have the luxury of not only appearing on late night TV, but being able to choose your own press cycle .

You’ll have to be able to perform something as arresting as “Give Up The Ghost” though, a veritable beacon from King of Limbs. Only Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood are there for this one, as Yorke loops his vocals into the track over and over until the crescendo breaks and the two slowly unravel the collage. Check out the ballad below.


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