Radiohead's upcoming television performance in producer Nigel Godrich's "Basement" studio was supposed to mark the first time fans would see the band perform tracks from The King of Limbs live. As it turns out, Thom Yorke and the gang will also use the occasion to unveil some new music as well. Over at Radiohead's Dead Air Space site this morning, drummer Phil Selway premiered the From the Basement rendition of a new RH song called "Staircase."
The Amp actually heard the premiere of "Staircase" when Yorke debuted it on a lone guitar during his Atoms for Peace concerts in New York in April 2010. A lot has changed since then, as "Staircase" now has two drummers! The other bald fellow, according to Selway, is Clive Deamer. "Clive has long been one of my favourite drummers and so I was really excited when he agreed to perform with us," Selway writes.
While other solo Yorke tracks like "Lotus Flower," "Separator," and "Give Up the Ghost" ended up on the back half of TKOL, "Staircase" missed the cut, which is okay with us because it's pretty boring, and we never say that about Radiohead songs. There's a hypnotic quality to this full band version, but it's not up to the standards of TKOL or the "Supercollider"/"The Butcher" single that followed it. Still, "Staircase" seems to suggest that the From the Basement special will include some surprises when it debuts on the BBC July 1st. (Still no U.S. air date.)
The original "Staircase":
- Thom Yorke
- Phil Selway
- Clive Deamer