Street Spirit (Fade Out) (4:12)

Cover of The Bends

From The Bends and 174 other releases

One of Radiohead’s most successful singles, and a fan favourite.

Noted by singer-songwriter and guitarist Thom Yorke as “one of saddest songs” and describing it as “the dark tunnel without the light at the end,” “Street Spirit” was released as the band’s ninth single and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart, the highest chart position until Paranoid Android from OK Computer, which reached number three in 1997.

Radiohead attributes a great deal of depth to “Street Spirit”, beyond the level typically perceived by its audience. Lead singer Thom Yorke said,

“Street Spirit is our purest song, but I didn’t write it. It wrote itself. We were just its messengers; its biological catalysts. Its core is a complete mystery to me, and, you know, I wouldn’t ever try to write something that hopeless. All of our saddest songs have somewhere in them at least a glimmer of resolve. Street Spirit has no resolve. It is the dark tunnel without the light at the end. It represents all tragic emotion that is so hurtful that the sound of that melody is its only definition. We all have a way of dealing with that song. It’s called detachment. Especially me; I detach my emotional radar from that song, or I couldn’t play it. I’d crack. I’d break down on stage. That’s why its lyrics are just a bunch of mini-stories or visual images as opposed to a cohesive explanation of its meaning. I used images set to the music that I thought would convey the emotional entirety of the lyric and music working together.

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  • MartianReaper

    melancholy on speed... truly a mastertrack!

    4 Aug 12:16pm Reply
  • ricardoa7

    Somehow it reminds me of Lost In Hollywood by System Of A Down (or vice versa) Great song!

    1 Aug 1:20pm Reply
  • porcelainstars

    This song is so good i love it.. Thom is a genius.

    1 Jul 11:24am Reply
  • Oppressotron

    Grab your acoustic and play it... suck the very life out of the room.

    20 Jun 3:34pm Reply
  • muerto14

    Masterpiece

    1 Jun 4:37am Reply
  • cerrahpasha

    Ben ,benden alıp götürdü tekrar kendimi bulamacağım yerde bıraktı denen bi parça

    25 May 8:44pm Reply
  • LeffyXXX

    god this song is so depressing. the best.

    12 May 9:41pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    this song is so fucking pretentious. i like it

    8 May 2:11am Reply
  • joshsaussey

    A beautiful outro to a masterpiece of a record.

    27 Apr 4:42am Reply
  • LebaSalad

    Is there statistics of how many people tried to kill themselves listening to THAT track? Hopelessness overload.

    3 Apr 1:00pm Reply
  • Efflictim

    "Street Spirit' is our purest song, but I didn't write it.... It wrote itself. We were just its messengers... Its biological catylysts. It's core is a complete mystery to me... and (pause) you know, I wouldn't ever try to write something that hopeless... All of our saddest songs have somewhere in them at least a glimmer of resolve... 'Street Spirit' has no resolve... It is the dark tunnel without the light at the end. It represents all tragic emotion that is so hurtful that the sound of that melody is its only definition." - Thom Yorke.

    31 Mar 8:00pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Amazing song ♥♥♥

    28 Mar 6:14pm Reply
  • Vincent____Vega

    Masterpiece.

    8 Mar 9:04am Reply
  • muerto14

    Masterpiece

    2 Mar 6:14pm Reply
  • cosmic-rescue

    . .listen to this song over and over again

    16 Feb 5:07am Reply
  • rafamnesico

    "Immerse your soul in love" <3

    15 Feb 1:35am Reply
  • TFP10

    The ultimate song. The aural embodiment of miasma. The longing for redemption.

    13 Feb 4:41am Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    so beautiful, I never want it to end

    8 Feb 3:41pm Reply
  • MHB458

    this song sounds like it should be in a spaghetti western, like an overview the desert or a climatic mexican stand off

    2 Feb 4:09pm Reply
  • zajac09

    Anyone knows any better Radiohead track?

    16 Jan 7:45pm Reply
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