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Encyclopedia > Paranoid Android
"Paranoid Android"
Single by Radiohead
from the album OK Computer
Released 26 May 1997
Format 7" vinyl, CD
Genre Alternative rock
Art rock
Length 6:23
Label Parlophone
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich
Peak chart positions
Radiohead singles chronology
"Street Spirit (Fade Out)"
(1996)
"Paranoid Android"
(1997)
"Karma Police"
(1997)
OK Computer track listing
  1. "Airbag"
  2. "Paranoid Android"
  3. "Subterranean Homesick Alien"
  4. "Exit Music (For a Film)"
  5. "Let Down"
  6. "Karma Police"
  7. "fitter happier"
  8. "Electioneering"
  9. "Climbing Up the Walls"
  10. "No Surprises"
  11. "Lucky"
  12. "The Tourist"

"Paranoid Android" is a song by Radiohead, from their third album, OK Computer. Despite its length of over six minutes, making it the longest released Radiohead song (including b-sides, excluding both remixes and the whole track 10 of the band's 2000 album Kid A), it was the first single from that album in 1997. The song's release marked the start of Radiohead's reputation as art rock innovators, and the album subsequently received huge acclaim. Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... This is an album cover. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... 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Art rock is a term used by some to describe rock music that is characterized by ambitious or avant-garde lyrical themes and/or melodic, harmonic, or rhythmic experimentation, often extending beyond standard modern popular music forms and genres, toward influences in jazz, classical, world music or the experimental avant... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Parlophone is a record label which was founded in Germany prior to World War I by the Carl Lindstrom Company. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... // A record chart, also known as a music chart, is a method of ranking music according to popularity during a given period of time. ... 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Rolling Stone notes that the song "was recorded in actress Jane Seymour's fifteenth-century mansion, a house that Yorke was convinced was haunted".[1] Bassist Colin Greenwood said "On 'Paranoid Android' what we were into was the idea of a DJ Shadow meets The Beatles thing."[2] 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?'"[2] This article is about the magazine. ... Jane Seymour OBE (born Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenberg on February 15, 1951) is an English-born actress probably best known today as the star of the TV series and film Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. ... ||/ | @___oo / / / (__,,,,| ) /^) ^/ _) ) /^/ _) ) _ / / _) / )// || | )_) < > |(,,) )__) || / )___) | ____( )___) )___ ______(_______;;; __;;; A bassist is not a musician, so much as a guy or girl trying to play an instrument with four strings and a long neck. ... Colin Greenwood (born Colin Charles Greenwood, 26 June 1969, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England), also known as Coz, is a member of English rock band Radiohead. ... DJ Shadow (born Josh Davis on January 1, 1973) is a United States DJ, turntablist, music producer and songwriter. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Thomas Edward Yorke, born October 7, 1968 in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England, is an English musician, best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Radiohead. ... Happiness Is a Warm Gun is a song by The Beatles featured on the double-disc album The Beatles (also known as The White Album). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...


The flamboyantly epic structure of "Paranoid Android," though unique among Radiohead material, was also responsible for most of the comparisons with 1970s progressive rock that the band subsequently earned, to their annoyance. Thom 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, and many consider it among the band's best songs. It appeared at #256 on a Rolling Stone list of "500 Greatest Songs of All Time," slightly higher than "Fake Plastic Trees," another Radiohead entry which ranked #376. In August 2006 Q Magazine readers voted it the 10th greatest song of all-time. Its solo was ranked 34th by Guitar World readers in the list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Solos"[3] This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article is about the magazine. ... ... Fake Plastic Trees is a song by Radiohead, from their second album The Bends. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Two issues of Guitar World featuring Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix on the covers, and the accompanying CDs (May 2005, October 2005) Guitar World is a monthly music magazine devoted to guitarists. ...


The song remains popular among fans of the band. In public polls conducted by Ateaseweb.com (an award winning and very popular unofficial Radiohead web site) to determine the favorite Radiohead song, "Paranoid Android" has won the top position several times, beating second place contenders such as "Idioteque," "Street Spirit" and "Pyramid Song" by landslides. In listings of the most downloaded and most played Radiohead songs on Internet-based services, "Paranoid Android" typically follows just behind "Creep",[citation needed] though unlike that song it receives virtually no mainstream radio exposure.[citation needed] Idioteque is the eighth track on Radioheads album Kid A (2000). ... Street Spirit (Fade Out) (commonly called Street Spirit) is a single by Radiohead, released in 1996, from their 1995 album The Bends. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


At the band's performance at the Pinkpop festival in 2001, Yorke described the song as "the closest we get to Limp Bizkit".[citation needed] Pinkpop Festival or Pinkpop in short, is an annual rock festival held at Landgraaf, Netherlands. ... Limp Bizkit (alternately written as limpbizkit) is a nu metal band from Jacksonville, Florida. ...

Contents

The Song

It's about being exposed to God, I dunno. It was that one night, really. We'd been rehearsing the song for months, but the lyrics came to me at five o'clock that morning. I was trying to sleep when I literally heard these voices that wouldn't leave me alone. They were the voices of the people I'd heard in the bar. It turned out to be a notorious, coke-fiend place, but I didn't know that. Basically it's just about chaos, chaos, utter fucking chaos.

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Early versions

Early versions of the song performed in 1996 had a different structure and varying lyrics. According to members of the band, "Paranoid Android" originally exceeded 10 minutes. It is unknown whether this long version, also fabled to include organ solos (an audio version below verifies this), was ever played live. However, it was possibly played by Radiohead at the Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium in July 1996, apparently the song's first live performance. Organ in Katharinenkirche, Frankfurt am Main, Germany The organ is a keyboard instrument played using one or more manuals and a pedalboard. ... Rock Werchter is a music festival in the village of Werchter in Belgium. ...


One month later, Radiohead began a brief tour as opening band for Alanis Morissette, in which they premiered many new songs that would go on to make up OK Computer, and played "Paranoid Android" regularly. By this point, the song was six to eight minutes long, without extended organ solos. However, the ending differed markedly from the final version of "Paranoid Android." The third section originally had the lyrics "Hallelujah", where the final version has "Rain down...", and instead of the lyrics "God loves his children /God loves his children, yeah," the final line of the song was reportedly, "God loves his children / That's why he kills 'em, yeah," which was part of a different third section which also included other different lyrics and was extended longer, eventually returning to the opening theme and guitar riff of the song's first section, while the released version ultimately went straight into the final guitar solo. When played live since 1997, the song is performed as on the album, lacking these elements. “Alanis” redirects here. ... Look up Hallelujah in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Music video

The members of Radiohead portrayed as cartoons in the Paranoid Android music video.

Magnus Carlsson, Swedish creator of the animated series Robin of which the band were fans, was commissioned to make a music video. Having first wanted to do a video for "No Surprises" instead, Carlsson was uncertain how to approach "Paranoid Android". He came up with a scenario that was to the band's liking after locking himself in his office, staring out the window at a distant bridge while listening to nothing but the song over and over again. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Robin was a cartoon created by Magnus Carlsson and narreted by Dave Avellone. ... The song No Surprises by Radiohead is the third single from the album OK Computer. ...


This animated video features mild-mannered Robin and a friend venturing out into the world, running into miserable EU representatives, bullying pub patrons, two kissing leathermen, a junkie, deranged businessmen, mermaids, and an angel who plays ping pong with Robin after rescuing him. The band has a cameo appearance in the video at a bar, where they are sitting at a table drinking and watching a man with a head coming out of his navel dancing on top of their table. The Leather Pride flag, which has become a symbol of the BDSM and fetish subculture. ... The Archangel Michael by Guido Reni wears a late Roman military outfit in this 17th century depiction An angel is a supernatural being found in many religions. ... Regional competition level table tennis, showing table, net, and player getting ready to return the ball with a winning backhand topspin stroke. ...


Although the single did not receive much radio play due to its length, MTV immediately put the video in high rotation. However, the version most often shown on television was edited. Thom Yorke was not happy about this: "The video of 'Paranoid Android' has been censored by MTV. They took all nipples out of the cartoon, but they had no problem with the scene in which a man cuts off his own arms and legs." The uncut version was later compiled along with other Radiohead videos on the DVD and home video release 7 Television Commercials. MTV (Music Television) is an American cable television network based in New York City. ... 7 Television Commercials is the only official collection of music videos currently available from Radiohead. ...


Cover versions

  • "Paranoid Android" has been covered by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. It is available on his album "Largo" and as live performance on his 2004 "Live in Tokyo" disc.
  • "Paranoid Android" has been covered by the US band Phantom Planet.
  • A portion of the song was included in a medley performed by comedy rock duo Tenacious D.
  • Christopher O'Riley included the song on his instrumental tribute album, Hold Me to This.
  • The song has been covered live by The Receiving End of Sirens.
  • The song was covered by Tripod live, and featured as the encore of their performance on the DVD Pod August Night.
  • "Paranoid Android" has been covered by the Benevento-Russo Duo.
  • "Paranoid Android" has been covered by moe..
  • The song was covered by Sia Furler on the tribute album Exit Music: Songs with Radio Heads.
  • "Paranoid Android" was covered by the reggae group Easy Star All-Stars on their cover album Radiodread.
  • The song was covered by The Arrogant Sons of Bitches as part of the live album This Is What You Get, consisting of all Radiohead covers. The album is available for free on the Quote Unquote site.

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Track listing

  • CD1 CDNODATAS01
  1. "Paranoid Android"
  2. "Polyethylene Parts 1 & 2"
  3. "Pearly*"
  • CD2 CDNODATA01
  1. "Paranoid Android"
  2. "A Reminder"
  3. "Melatonin"

Trivia

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References

  1. ^ Paranoid Android. Rolling Stone (2004-12-09). Retrieved on 2007-05-08.
  2. ^ a b Paranoid Android. Radiohead At Ease. Retrieved on 2007-01-05.
  3. ^ 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. Guitar World. Retrieved on 2007-05-08.

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External links

  • Interpretations of the song at SongMeanings
  • "Paranoid Android" at At Ease Web, a Radiohead fan site
  • The official video for Paranoid Android (and several other Radiohead songs) can be seen here. Note: You may need to register first.
  • Early version (live) with organ solo and alternate lyrics

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