Radiohead Hints at a Jack White Collab
  • FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

  • Posted by: Zoe Marquedant

The rock gods have heard our prayers. At Bonnaroo last week while on stage, Radiohead dedicated a song to none other than Jack White. Yorke said they owed him a "big thank-you" adding "We can't tell you why. You'll find out." So what does this mean? I don't think Thom Yorke is thanking White for lending him a cup of flour or anything like that. This could really only mean one thing: a possible collaboration between two of the biggest players on the music scene today. The body of work between the two groups is expansive, each with a fan base that could populate its own country. That's a lot of people to appease with whatever it is the two are cooking up. Where could it possible go?

Even looking at each group separately there is a lot of ground to cover. Over the past two decades, Radiohead has cultivated a sound that is hard to replicate. Yorke's voice alone is one of the most distinctive and recognizable around. With him at the front, Radiohead has cemented their position a top the alternative rock pile. Their dark lyrics and haunting sound has sold out stadiums for years. Jack White has written and produced multiple albums, despite just releasing his first solo album. For Blunderbuss he moved from the garage punk of his White Stripes days to really expanded his sound. His work with The White Stripes, The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs illustrate his versatility as a musician and capability to function within different genres. White is a complex lyricist and Blunderbuss sports his signature wordy sound and blues influence.

With that being said, which parent will their song most resemble? Will it have the multi-instrumental variety of a White album or the electronic layers of a Radiohead record? Will it even be characteristic of either band or will they create something entirely new. Perhaps something less experimental than what Radiohead usually comes up with. Maybe a sound that lands between Radiohead's "Go to Sleep" and White's "Weep Themselves to Sleep". It's a collaboration that's hard to imagine. How do you marry the quiet grace of "Codex" with the twisted lyrics of "Love Interruption"? Kid A has a more jazz sound or at least more so than any other Radiohead release. That direction could couple nicely with White's. Maybe start with the feel of The White Stripe's "Aluminum" head in the direction of "Paranoid Android" and see where it goes?
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