It’s a hard-and-fast rule that everyone hates the guitar guy at the party. Until we figure out a way to power our homes with the force of a collective eye roll, picking up an acoustic guitar and fumbling through some Oasis covers, or something of the sort, will always be frowned upon… unless you happen to be Thom Yorke. The Radiohead frontman chose to play a surprise 30-minute set at a neighbor’s garden party in his hometown of Oxford.
The surprise set was revealed by Reddit user verylittlesound, whose dad was at the party and very excited to hear the musical stylings of “Tom York.” According to verylittlesound’s dad — who ran around asking other guests for the titles of the songs being played — Yorke played a career-spanning set featuring “Desert Island Disk,” “No Surprises,” “Street Spirit,” “Reckoner” and “I Might Be Wrong.” So far, only his performance of “Reckoner” has made its way onto the internet.
Radiohead just released their ninth album, A Moon Shaped Pool, and this set lends further credence to the idea that Yorke is softening his stance on older material. The band just recently played “Creep,” their most well-known, yet publicly shunned song, for the first time in nearly a decade during a tour stop in Paris last month.
(Via Consequence of Sound)