Airbag (4:44)

Cover of OK Computer

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When Thom Yorke and his girlfriend got into a car accident in 1987, he developed a fear of cars… While he was not injured, his girlfriend suffered from whiplash. He later wrote the songs Airbag, Killer Cars, Stupid Car and The Drunkk Machine because of this incident.

Originally called “An Airbag Saved My Life”, after a headline that Thom Yorke saw in an AA manual and was immediately drawn to, and also as a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Indeep’s 1983 disco hit ‘Last Night A DJ Saved My Life’.

According to Thom, the song itself is about the “feeling you get when you realise that you’ve just missed having a serious accident”, and the “feeling of elation that follows”. The song is one of Thom’s favourites off OK Computer. The song takes inspiration from DJ Shadow’s use of cut up drum beats to create the unique drum sound.


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  • little-bluebird


    14 Dec 12:57pm Reply
  • Marinochet

    I feel like floating listeing to Airbarg.

    19 Nov 5:44pm Reply
  • eitzenchemical

    best opening track ever? [2] but my fav opening track is still '24' by Red House Painters.

    27 Oct 4:55pm Reply
  • RebelGlassZero

    i love that beautiful solo.

    22 Sep 10:02pm Reply
  • nevershoutn

    an airbag saved my life

    4 Aug 12:19am Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing Song.

    27 Jul 4:02pm Reply
  • Nochek


    7 Jun 10:05am Reply
  • davidmxdf

    Great Opening the bass is awesome, and the music in 2:19 to 2:58 is incredible, one of the gems of the album.

    22 Apr 10:52am Reply
  • Grycho

    "According to Thom, the song itself is about the 'feeling you get when you realize that you've just missed having a serious accident', and the 'feeling of elation that follows'" And they fucking nailed it in that regard. I got into a crash about a month ago and I still remember that wonderful feeling of not being dead as if it was yesterday.

    31 Mar 10:01pm Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    29 Mar 6:01pm Reply
  • shellbyrne

    everything he says is a revelation unfolding

    11 Mar 5:57pm Reply
  • marjo47

    This is good.

    6 Mar 5:22pm Reply
  • FANTASY757

    I remember when I first heard this song and the sweeping guitar came in. right then I knew I was in for something special. first radiohead song I played.

    25 Feb 5:30am Reply
  • Nimbie

    deifinitely my favourite Radiohead song

    8 Feb 10:05pm Reply
  • Hochulia

    In an interstellar burst I am back to save the universe

    20 Jan 4:15pm Reply
  • brenda_jones

    In an interstellar burst I am back to save the universe. [3] <3

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • xmii


    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • TheNethero

    I don't suppose that third note the guitar plays was an accident, was it?

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • viathin12

    very good song

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • imhotandiknowit

    WAT a chorus!

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
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