Paranoid Android (6:23)

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“Paranoid Android” is a song by English alternative rock band Radiohead, and was the lead single from the band’s third album OK Computer (1997). Its release marked the start of Radiohead’s reputation as art rock innovators, and the album subsequently received huge acclaim. The song’s structure, though unique among Radiohead material, was also responsible for most of the comparisons with 1970s progressive rock that the band subsequently earned.

This song was inspired by some events that Thom Yorke witnessed at and after a star studded awards show. The lyrics “kicking, screaming, Gucci little piggy” are one of the more obvious references.

Singer Thom Yorke often refers to it as a “joke” song, though not derisively; the band continues to play it live at nearly every concert, usually toward the end of the set. The song’s title refers to the depressed robot Marvin the Paranoid Android from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Paranoid Android was recorded in actress Jane Seymour’s fifteenth-century mansion, a house that Yorke was convinced was haunted. Bassist Colin Greenwood said “On ‘Paranoid Android’ what we were into was the idea of a DJ Shadow meets The Beatles thing.” Thom Yorke also compared the song to The Beatles’ work, saying “it really started out as three separate songs and we didn’t know what to do with them. Then we thought of ‘Happiness Is a Warm Gun’ — which was obviously three different bits that John Lennon put together — and said ‘Why don’t we try that?’”

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  • everette0704

    this was my very first intoduction to Radiohead at age 14. Life forever changed!

    25 Mar 5:11am Reply
  • jigsawman1000

    I may be paranoid,but not an android

    17 Mar 8:03pm Reply
  • neodude991

    Their magnum opus.

    16 Mar 5:24am Reply
  • AriaEvans

    AMBITION MAKES YOU LOOK PRETTY UGLY!!!!!!

    3 Mar 10:40am Reply
  • recursivechaos

    can't believe this song was supposed to be "funny". it's awesome no doubt, but i don't see any particularily humorous aspects

    15 Jan 3:59pm Reply
  • Damian_Zekusic

    Masterpiece [13]

    15 Dec 2014 Reply
  • MarianaAB

    <3

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Coyote___

    .......trying to find that one football boot sale but ultimately, his diverse knowledge was out of this world so much that he met a straight man who was buy-curious for that 1 football (it was none other than Dr mix's......father!). They rearranged his face using contour plot and by using "Sammy's Theorem" (6.022*10^23 * Sandwich) and taking the common denominator, they established the matrix to which they were

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Well Dr mix is'm going on about the friend of the babies no more holidays for a long time and there is an animal sounds great because he is

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • will-neill

    I really wish I knew what the fuck HayleighRayment is going on about.

    21 Nov 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    When I saw a van as the meditation is on the way to be in a better logo well as that the microwave like a football boot sale who are you calling that was a summer baby and needed a

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ezkutharitz

    Masterpiece [12]

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Inga_mit

    these commercials make me hate life

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Yes the one ciaz saw last month

    6 Nov 2014 Reply
  • nahiusepandora

    I don't know how this song exists, but I am so fucking happy it does.

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • MrShayton

    Nice

    28 Oct 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Who David younmean

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    One of the best songs of all time.

    6 Oct 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Yes well that book I got is all about her hero and one show was about limes disease

    16 Sep 2014 Reply
  • marjo47

    Masterpiece {11}

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
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