Radiohead Releases Unused James Bond Theme Song on Christmas
The band reveals that they were asked to write a tune for 'Spectre,' but that it "didn't work out."
'Tis the season for surprise releases.
Music fans went to sleep last night with a new LCD Soundsystem song, and woke up Christmas Day with a stocking stuffer from Radiohead.
Originally recorded as a theme song for the latest James Bond installment Spectre, Thom Yorke writes that the song "became something of [their] own which [they] love very much," although it wasn't used in the end.
Last year we were asked to write a tune for Bond movie Spectre. Yes we were ...........— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) December 25, 2015
... It didn't work out ... but became something of our own which we love very much ....— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) December 25, 2015
Sweeping and orchestral, "Spectre" bears some resemblance to "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" — a 2009 release that honored the last surviving soldier known to have fought in the trenches during World War I. Take a listen (and download for free) below:
.. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you ... https://t.co/BXN8MQKJyQ— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) December 25, 2015
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.