Over ten years ago, on June 24th 2008, Radiohead released their live video In Rainbows – From the Basement which features ten performances of songs from the 2007 album In Rainbows.
Filmed in just one day in collaboration with Radiohead’s frequent collaborator Nigel Godrich, the project was filmed by director David Barnard at The Hospital Club’s TV Studio in London’s Covent Garden.
The performance, which also includes songs from the special edition, was given a special digital worldwide release with the exception of Japan, where the live video was given a DVD release packaged with a special edition of In Rainbows.
The initial plan for the basement performance was supposed to be for Godrich’s podcast and television programme From the Basement, a project which was the first broadcast was on Sky Arts before moving into a popular web series. However, due to the magnitude of Radiohead’s performance, the band decided also to release at a later date.
Opening up with a rendition of ‘Weird Fishes’, the band roll into ’15 Step’, ‘Bodysnatchers’ and ‘Nude’ with the type of fluid we’ve come to expect from Radiohead over the years. With notable inclusions of the likes of ‘Bangers + Mash’, ‘Reckoner’ and more, the basement session also ended up becoming a successful CD release in Japan after it was sold through Tsutaya Stores as part of an exclusive 2-disc set.
For now, though, enjoy the performance with tracklisting below.
00:20 – ‘Weird Fishes/Arpeggi’
05:40 – ’15 Step’
09:35 – ‘Bodysnatchers’
14:00 – ‘Nude’
18:35 – ‘The Gloaming’
21:45 – ‘Myxomatosis’
25:35 – ‘House of Cards’
31:20 – ‘Bangers + Mash’
34:50 – ‘Optimistic’
39:50 – ‘Reckoner’
44:50 – ‘Videotape’
49:30 – ‘Where I End and You Begin’
In Rainbows, the seventh studio album by Radiohead, was self-released on 10 October 2007 as a pay-what-you-want download version before it was given a physical release internationally by XL Recordings in December that year.
The album was Radiohead’s first release after their recording contract with EMI ended with their previous album Hail to the Thief in 2003, ending a four-year wait for new material for the fans.
The album’s pay-what-you-want release, the first for a major act, sparked major debate within the music industry and went on to receive critical acclaim for their pioneering free-thinking.
Sealing number one chart records around the world, the album is regarded by many as the finest work the band has produced.