Street Spirit (Fade Out) (4:12)

Cover of The Bends

From The Bends and 173 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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  • 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
  • AlexChaus

    Good!

    15 Jan 10:24pm Reply
  • Plinth

    Immerse your soul in love.

    15 Jan 12:45pm Reply
  • Indierock93

    Is there any better music on this planet?

    20 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Zinalt

    llllove , crazy drug song

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • muerto14

    My Favorite Song Of Radiohead! A Masterpiece.

    16 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ponyoham

    <33

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • stevelew76

    the best

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • itskimtaylor

    i love it

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • shellbyrne

    the master of despair

    24 Oct 2013 Reply
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