Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Radiohead - The Puzzle Pieces Theory

Could each eye represent a song?

So now I am wondering with these 2 new songs, will there really be any more additions to The King of Limbs? On Radiohead's site with the Newspaper album order it says “One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12″ vinyl. Competition closing date 28th March." This could very likely be the 2 songs they were talking about. The artwork really goes with 'These Are My Twisted Words' and 'The King of Limbs'.

You could also look at it as if we now have 11 songs (or even 12 if you included Harry Patch)
1 - Bloom
2 - Morning Mr Magpie
3 - Little By Little
4 - Feral
5 - Lotus Flower
6 - Codex
7 - Give Up The Ghost
8 - Separator
9- Supercollider
10- The Butcher
11- These Are My Twisted Words
12- Harry Patch (In Memory of)

35 Eyes in this picture, lets leave the noses out of it

Maybe instead of all this The King of Limbs Part 2 talk it really is just a piece by piece type of album. Everyone complained about the 8 song album and that if felt incomplete. Maybe this is Radiohead's way of having this revolutionary "The First Ever Newspaper Album". Just like the whole maze/goose chase so far with The King of Limbs nothing has been made clear with the band and everything really has just seemed like a puzzle. The Newspaper album could just be that - "A PUZZLE" - one that the band just releases in pieces and you have to put it all together in the end. It is kind of fun to get a new song or a couple of new songs here and there, it keeps you interested and you can drag out the releases and keep every one's attention.

There clearly is more to this Newspaper Album, with the band still not talking about it, and them not denying any of the rumours. Maybe we will get 2 new songs a month for a year! That would be like having 12 Christmases for me, I would love it. I am sure there would be others who would rather have it all in one shot, with a double album or whatever but after a month or so the excitement dies down. Releasing new material throughout the entire year would only add to the excitement of fans, the band and the whole music industry in general. Think about it there is so much new music available now through the Internet and it is almost impossible to listen to everything. Once you do listen to an album for say a few weeks or so you are on to your next new album and artist to check out.

22 still not in 'Bloom' = 11 months of 2 songs?
 Releasing an album throughout a year you would keep going back to the original and adding the additional songs to the collection. The music would not get stale or old, it would be something you would want to go back to constantly. I know we have had the "Moon Theory" and "The Season Theory" already but I am just throwing out "The Puzzle Pieces Theory"

It would almost be this whole divided woods idea, that you divide "the songs" aka "The Woods" into different sections, which also goes along with the Newspaper Idea. The Season theory was an interesting one as well and is somewhat simalar to this idea.


So my thoughts on The Newspaper ALBUM vs The King of Limbs RECORD has always puzzled me right from the start of TKOL release.  Again lets look at the details from http://www.thekingoflimbs.com/DIUSD.htm

"Newspaper Album - PRESALE
Radiohead's new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here as the world's first* Newspaper Album, comprising:
Two clear 10" vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
A compact disc.
Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
The Newspaper Album will be shipped from Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download now.
Orders placed on or after 21st February 2011 (UK time) will ship from 1st June 2011
Shipping is included in the prices shown.
One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12" vinyl. Competition closing date 28th March.

Constant Theme of Limbs and Branches = More???
I even wrote a post about this topic back on March 19th Titled... Radiohead - the world's first* Newspaper Album talking about how clear it was that the two were separate from each other. 

I believe we have all missed the point in all the Radiohead "The King of Limbs" Theories.  I think it was right in front of us from day one.  That this is a "Newspaper Album" and how do you usually get a Newspaper, well lots of ways go to the store, go to the street (just like The Universal Sigh), or you can Subscribe to it and it automatically gets delivered to you.  I think that is where we are at, when we went and purchased The World's First Newspaper Album we actually bought a subscription to it for $48 (or $53).  I believe with the Newspaper Subscription we will be having several "NEWSPAPERS" delivered to us in the form of new songs, artwork, actual newspaper, or whatever Radiohead feels fit to bring us in the world of Radiohead News. 

With the announcement of Supercollider and The Butcher that is 2 new songs coming our way.  I believe those two songs will be available to those that purchased the $48 Newspaper.  I would go as far as maybe saying that every month (or couple of months) we will be getting new Radiohead material.  Wasn't odd that you spent $48 for 8 songs?  That is the burning question everyone has asked themselves in this whole ordeal.  Well would it not make sense if that $48 was for a whole subscription of The King of Limbs plus additional Radiohead material? 

Ed Pointing and Reminding us to Follow The Path
 The next question would be why not tell everyone up front about how this will be released?  Yeah that is a good question.  I would say look at the marketing and advertising of this album.  Radiohead are our day Beatles if anyone can shake up the music industry surely they can, and this is an unbelievable approach at doing it.  It is all over the Internet all these conspiracy theories on what this Tweet means, or what this Piece of Art represents.  Everything is looked at under a microscope and people are searching for answers.  Look at thekingoflimbspart2 website - people are flocking to that wanting more Radiohead details. 

There are also rumblings about The Universal Sigh Newspaper (Not the same as the $48 version) and how it has a code with it.  What is this code for?  Well no one really knows the answer to that question either.  Some said it was just to access your picture online, other are starting to say it is a code to get some kind of a discount on the actually $48 Newspaper (Subscription).  You think someone would have tried to ask Thom these questions when he was handing out newspapers in London. 

4 Colors, 8 Arms, 35 fingers - Makes you think
Maybe Separator is actually not so much a Separator of albums but more of a Separator of Record/Album.

“If you think this is over, Then you’re wrong”.  The King of Limbs could have merely been the Table of Contents or the front page of this Newspaper Album.  There is going to be more sections of this Newspaper, and for those of us that shelled out the $48 up front for 8 songs we will surely be rewarded.  So do I have any evidence for all this mumble jumble - Nope, but it makes sense.  All the clues have been there I think they might have just slightly been twisted or a little bit off.


  1. Could each eye represent a song?

    hahaha you can't be serious xD

  2. actually I am serious. I believe this "World's First Newspaper" will be a subscription type of service and those that have purchased it will get new songs each month (or different timeframe) to add to the Newspaper. I am thinking maybe 2 songs a month plus artwork, newspaper, and other things from the band.

    I think with all the artwork there have been clues along the way..... puzzle pieces - No Joke. All the twitter messages, moon theories, The Universal Sigh, song lyrics, everything means something but no one has nailed it on the head just yet.

  3. Nice write-up -- I agree with your assessment. Another thing you may want to post is how the "compass rose" picture with the 8 limbs has 35 "fingers" on it. Coincidence that there are 35 eyes too? Interesting...

  4. Thanks for the suggestion Permanent Starlight. Added the picture. There are alot of different indicators that more music is on the way. I am sure glad I purchase the full Newspaper Version for the $48!

  5. hahahha completely agree with tako

  6. If it is Tako from The League you might want to worry.

    All joking aside sure it sounds a little far fetched some of this stuff but there has to be something more to the whole deal.

  7. For me the best theory so far... but i think there will be no periodic monthly release, just from time to time, so that we will have 8 to 10 more songs in the end (of the newspaper)

    i would like to have much more of course ;-)

  8. I don't know, the In Rainbows disc box was about $80 and didn't have a huge amount of music - I doubt $48 would entitle us to much more than already revealed, though it would be nice.

  9. We didn't shell up 48 bucks for 8 songs, we shelled it up for unique packaging, extensive artwork, an insight into the band AND 8 songs. Also, unless done wholly online, a subscription would be far too costly for the band to uphold physically; Radiohead need to make money, not lost it. I like the idea, but I just don't see how the band could actually play this out.