On February 18, but 2011, Radiohead surprised the world by releasing their eighth studio album, The King of Limbs. And we do not say it lightly, for not only had it been four years since Thom Yorke and company presented In Rainbowliterally four days before the premiere they announced on Twitter and on their website that your fans could hear eight songs fresh from the oven, which of course moved many.
Like every record material of the band, there are a lot of curiosities around. Among them we have that as with their album Kid A, the group did not release any single to promote it, although they did make the remembered video clip for “Lotus Flower” – that where Thom appears dancing as if there was no tomorrow. Nevertheless, For a long time it was not known where this album had been recorded and a very interesting rumor emerged.
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Radiohead thanks… Drew Barrymore?
At the time, Radiohead first released the digital version of The King of Limbs, but later the physical version appeared and among the thanks that bands usually include in CD brochures, in this specific album a name appeared that blew the minds of many: Drew Barrymore. Yes, as you read it, we are talking about the same Hollywood actress but the big question is, What did it have to do with this album?
Well, it turns out that The Guardian mentioned in the now distant 2011 that there was no information about where they had recorded the album. Thom Yorke, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway, Jonny and Colin Greenwood, and producer Nigel Godrich were known to ethey were a year before in Los Angeles, where they gave a charity concert to help the victims of an earthquake in Haiti and supposedly at that show they met Barrymore.
The supposed contact between the actress and the band
According to the same source, Radiohead not only traveled to the ‘golden state’ to perform live, but they intended to record some songs.. That is why apparently, after this encounter, Drew Barrymore would have offered the house he has in that city for the band to work, compose, accommodate his ideas and shape what we would later know as The King of Limbs.
The Guardian also quoted a blogger who in 2010 allegedly gave details on how the UK band settled into the actress’s home and turned it into an almost professional creative space, like what they are used to: “(Engineer) Bryan (Cook) helped transform a house into the Hollywood Hills in a recording studio and spent the last three weeks there recording Radiohead with Nigel Godrich. ”
No one has confirmed this
That same post too described a mysterious star-studded closing party where Drew Barrymore and Radiohead reportedly were: “It made me giddy to see Beck, Salma Hayek and Danger Mouse chatting around the same pool where Dean Martin and Rat Pack used to hang out.” Since then, the idea that Thom Yorke and company spent the time playing at the home of the ET actress sounded strong
Although the band has never denied or confirmed this, some sites assume that the King of Limbs was shot entirely at Barrymore’s home, although so far it is still a rumor. However, it is still surprising and interesting how a Hollywood celebrity reached out to such an important group, Can you imagine that in one of those, Drew recorded backing vocals on one of the tracks?
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