Hear Radiohead’s Unreleased ‘Spooks’ Reworked by Jonny Greenwood
Track â€“ which appears on the soundtrack to Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Inherent Vice’ â€“ was debuted by Radiohead onstage in 2006
During their expansive 2006 tour, RadioheadÂ workshopped a number of songs that wound up on 2007’s masterful In Rainbows. They also performed “Spooks,” a minute-long instrumental doodle driven by tense surf-rock guitars. While Radiohead never released a studio version of the track, “Spooks” now exists in alternate formÂ for the soundtrack of Paul Thomas Anderson’sÂ Inherent Vice, with guitarist Jonny GreenwoodÂ reworking the arrangement alongside Supergrass members Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey.
Hear the earlier liveÂ version below.
When the “Spooks” news first began circulating, various outlets reported that the soundtrack would feature a full-onÂ Radiohead version. Greenwood corrected one news report on Twitter, while also taking a cheap shot at his band’s old interpretation: “It’s better now than the Pixies/surf pastiche it was,” heÂ wrote.
Greenwood composed the full score forÂ Inherent Vice, withÂ the soundtrack ”“ featuring “Spooks,” along with nine Greenwood compositions and songs from Neil Young, Can and more ”“ set for release onÂ December 15th via Nonesuch. A Â vinyl edition will followÂ onÂ March 3rd. The film, an adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon novel set in the psychedelic Sixties, is out on December 12th and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin and Owen Wilson.
This is the third collaboration betweenÂ Greenwood and Anderson, who previously worked together on soundtracksÂ for 2007’s Oscar-winningÂ There Will Be BloodÂ and 2012’sÂ The Master.