Airbag (4:44)

Cover of OK Computer

From OK Computer and 103 other releases

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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  • The_SchizoidMan

    I am born again.

    29 Mar 6:09pm Reply
  • LumenObscurum

    Boop. Boop. Boop. Boop.

    28 Mar 12:24pm Reply
  • MarcMaquiavel

    In an interstellar burst I am back to save the universe [5] in love

    25 Feb 3:32pm Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski

    Classic Radiohead!

    14 Jan 10:09pm Reply
  • Oppressotron

    "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. {2} Yep, me too. January 2013, multi car pile up on black ice in a tunnel. Pretty much ruined my day. Whewwwwwww.

    12 Jan 1:55pm Reply
  • icetune

    I'll never, NEVER forget the first time I heard it

    8 Jan 6:44pm Reply
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    14 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Marinochet

    I feel like floating listeing to Airbarg.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • RebelGlassZero

    i love that beautiful solo.

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • nevershoutn

    an airbag saved my life

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    Amazing Song.

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Nochek


    7 Jun 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    29 Mar 2014 Reply
  • shellbyrne

    everything he says is a revelation unfolding

    11 Mar 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    This is good.

    6 Mar 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    deifinitely my favourite Radiohead song

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Hochulia

    In an interstellar burst I am back to save the universe

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • brenda_jones

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

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
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