Thursday, April 14, 2011

The King of Limbs is Dead!

Here is NME take on the whole TKOL sequel theory...

Radiohead have said that there will be no sequel to the 'The Kings Of Limbs'. Speaking on BBC 6 Music, guitarist Ed O'Brien said that rumours that the band have a sequel ready to release are incorrect.

Responding to a question about whether the release of new tracks 'Supercollider' and 'The Butcher' on limited-edition vinyl for Record Store Day indicated the band had another album on the way, O'Brien said it did not.

He said: "'The Butcher' is from 'The King Of Limbs' sessions. 'Supercollider' was recorded during that period and finished off after the album came out." He added: "There are songs that we have started, that we never finished, but there's not like seven or eight finished songs waiting in the wings to be released now, or in the autumn."

There had been speculation that the presence of only eight tracks on 'The King Of Limbs' suggested there would be another album, but O'Brien said that "it's just the way the album is sequenced best" and that "40, 41 minutes is the optimum time we feel for a record".


So either Ed O'Brien is the real Chieftan Mews or Radiohead will release additional songs 'SINGLES' in a non-traditional way. It is a sad day hearing that there will be no more songs following The King of Limbs. With all the evidence and hints of additional songs, this is a tough pill to swallow for all of us Radiohead fans. My mind continues to race around trying to think of an excuse or some reason why the band would take 2 months to finally come out and clear the air on the whole conspiracy issues. The only thing I could come up with was how it all started with These Are My Twisted Words – and maybe Ed just has possibly twisted some of his words in this interview? He said No immediate sequel, not no new songs.

Radiohead have said in the past and have shown it with the release of In Rainbows and now The King of Limbs that they are willing to stretch the limits of how music can and will be released. There have been interviews with the band saying that they wanted to get away from the whole traditional way an album is released. This first ever Newspaper ALBUM is suppose to be revolutionary. Well a bunch of artwork, and newspapers does not make it so to me. The way the music is brought to the fan is what the fans care about. With the 2 months of silence they surely got alot of publicity from social media in regards to TKOL album.

To say I am bitter about the end results would be wrong. I really have enjoyed the 2 months of speculation on what might of been. Do I think it is over? Well no I can't say I do until I see the evidence on May 9th when the physical release of The Newspaper ALBUM is released. But as far as what Ed has said in his latest interview yeah it sounds like that is all she wrote.

The King of Limbs has been an amazing ride and Radiohead fans and music fans in general have really had to hold on tight. Well the ride is over, and it is safe to get off the ride and move on. TKOL brought me one of my all time favourite Radiohead songs in 'Codex' and has made my head spin, it was well worth the ride.

Further more Supercollider and The Butcher will be released on Saturday and who can complain about some new tunes. Here is a little clip from youtube with the two songs that has leaked. The quality is awful but still worth a listen I suppose. From what I hear of The Butcher it is pretty special.


  1. I loved The King Of Limbs, as a musician it gave me a lot to think about on terms of music recording and how to attract the fans into a concept; and as a person and a huge Radiohead fan I truly loved the tracks on it. The thing is that most of the people want something tangible immediately, instead of being grateful for what they already have from Radiohead. I am personally happy that neither of them did something stupid to themselves (especially Thom, he didn't cope with the idea of being a 'rock star' very well) over the OK Computer era. Long live the King Of Limbs, and may it's branches and limbs grow forever and continue delivering the sweetest fruits of 2011.

    PD: Although I shall admit, when Present Tense wasn't on the track list...I wanted to cry

  2. I second that 'Long Live The King of Limbs! I think we will see Present Tense before the end of the year. I think it would have to be next in line to be released, it would sure make a nice little branch on the tree.