Radiohead Releases Unused James Bond Theme Song on Christmas

Thom Yorke - H 2014
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Thom Yorke - H 2014

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.

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:

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