Kinetic (4:05)

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From Amnesiac and 8 other releases

•’Kinetic’ was apparently considered for inclusion on Kid A for a while, and is said to have been replaced by ‘Idioteque’ at some point in the difficult process of finding the right tracklist for the album.

•The band worked on this track during a period of electronic experimentation in early 2000, and it is mentioned in three entries from Ed’s Diary.

•The samples mentioned in the first diary entry, that Phil used for the rhythm track, appear to have been taken from Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, an album that the band has often referred to as a major influence on their work. Below you can listen to the beginning of the relevant track from that album, ‘Miles Runs The Voodoo Down’ (Miles Davis is not credited for this sample in the production notes of the Pyramid Song single)

•The oldest known roots for the lyrics of ‘Kinetic’ go back to early 1998. The artwork of the Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP, released in april 1998, contains strange questionnaires, and one of those features the line “Words on a gravestone: I waited but you never came.


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  • Rud-Johns

    should have be on amnesiac itself

    11 Jan 3:51am Reply
  • marwin836


    30 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Bob_Fwgog

    kinetic kinetic kinetic kinetic

    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Adrian347

    This actually sounds like it could be a KOL B-side [2] that screwy chewed up drum loop is pure TKOL

    7 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TheFatChocobo

    Apparently this was supposed to be on Kid A where Idioteque ended up, before Radiohead decided on a last-minute change... now I love Idioteque dearly, but I think Kinetic would've served the album even better.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Ennish

    This song plays with my head so much. I love it.

    13 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Scantily

    Such a shame that it is a b-side... One of my favorite Radiohead-tracks.

    7 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Beatnik24

    'King of Limbs feels full of forgettable tracks..' I'd have to strongly disagree. This actually sounds like it could be a KOL B-side, even though it was recorded 10 years prior

    18 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Kerafiki

    psychedelic reggae : ]

    14 Sep 2011 Reply
  • GeronkoMan

    Amazing song. If this would have been on Kid A, I would had creamed myself on the first listen.

    16 Aug 2011 Reply
  • mightymellow_12

    so sad that this brilliance didnt even make it on an album, but King of Limbs feels full of forgettable tracks..

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • sbouy_311

    Damn this song is amazing

    11 Jul 2011 Reply
  • plasticispoison

    Perfect song for 4am, with the aching drone and misery of insomnia blurring all senses

    9 Jun 2011 Reply
  • paul30491

    Love this song! By the way guys if any of u want a free iphone 4 check out this site FREEIPHONE4-METROLYRICS.INFO Actually works! Just got mine the other day haha

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • brainmachine04

    This song reminds you to "never settle".

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • mozzareIIa

    i waited for you but you never caaaaaaaaaame <3

    18 Mar 2011 Reply
  • jackcarr

    Should have been on Amnesiac.

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • CharlessCraver

    is that "Miles Run The Voodoo Down" being sampled in this?

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
  • filmschooldrunk

    song title fits it so perfectly

    24 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ThisMilkyway

    ooohhh its so perfect

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
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