Radiohead to Premiere a New Song in 'Inherent Vice'

Radiohead: "In Rainbows"/"The King of Limbs" (2007/2011)
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Radiohead's "pay-what-you-want" option for seventh studio album In Rainbows was seen as a radical move. However, that business model should not overshadow the ingeniousness of announcing the follow-up to 2003's Hail To the Thief just 10 days before its October 2007 online release, immediately stoking fan anticipation for the 10-song release. Four years later, Radiohead gave fans even less notice: The King of Limbs was announced just five days before its February 2011 release, and was packaged with a special "newspaper" edition.

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has a special relationship with Radiohead. He let guitarist Jonny Greenwood carry the score of his 2007 classic There Will Be Blood, and the two teamed again for 2012's The Master. This December's Inherent Vice, an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel, will feature the third Greenwood/PTA original score sandwich.

But Radiohead proper — not just Greenwood — is involved this time, as well. According to Slate, which just saw Inherent Vice at the New York Film Festival, a never-released Radiohead track plays at some point during the film.

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Inherent Vice's credits reveal the song as "Spooks." Radiohead aficionados may recalls "Spooks" as "an instrumental song that the band played in the run-up to In Rainbows in 2006," as Slate writes. They add that "its surf-rock guitar makes it a good fit for the 1970-set Inherent Vice, which includes a surf-rock saxophonist (played by Owen Wilson) as a main character."

Check out an old live clip of "Spooks" below (nice quality, you can really pick up that hard-rocking surf vibe), and scope out the Inherent Vice trailer below that.