Radiohead’s ‘Man of War': Everything You Need to Know About the ‘OK Computer’ Bonus Track
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Several fan favorites will be among the three previously unreleased tracks that will grace Radiohead’s 20th anniversary reissue OK Computer: OKNOTOK, including “Man of War,” which you can listen to above.
Marking the anniversary of their groundbreaking 1997 album OK Computer, the two-disc set will also include “I Promise” and “Lift.” All three tracks, though never officially released, were setlist mainstays in the ’90s, and have floated around on bootlegs for years. Fans called it “the perfect James Bond song.”
The song was written around the time the band released their second album, The Bends, in 1995. It has alternately been called “Big Boots” or “Man o’ War.”
According to the fan site, Green Plastic, the band tried to record it several times, including for The Avengers soundtrack, but were never satisfied with the results. They were seen working on it in their 1998 documentary, Meeting People Is Easy, but it had been left in the vaults because, as frontman Thom Yorke told MTV’s 120 Minutes, they “couldn’t find a proper way into it.”
“We ditched it because we were so messed up and we went in, tried to do the track, but we just couldn’t do it. It was actually a really difficult period of time,” Yorke said. “We had a five-week break and all the s— was coming to the surface. It was all a bit weird – I mean we went in and tried to do this old track that we had and it just wasn’t happening at all. It was a real low point after it.”
You can pre-order OK Computer OKNOTOK, which will be released on June 23, on Radiohead’s website.
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