April 11, 2009

Win all three Radiohead reissues, with a little artistic speculation


A few weeks ago, Radiohead‘s first three albums —Pablo Honey (1993), The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997)— were re-released, each packaged with all kinds of fancy accouterments like bonus discs of rarities, demos and live cuts and DVDs of videos and TV performances. Full tracklists here.

I’ve got a set of all three to give away to one of you guys! As I sat in the haze of work on Friday afternoon thinking about how to best run this contest, I was gchatting with my friend Josh. He is a rather intense Radiohead fan (and in fact just made me a lovely 2-disc collection of HIS favorite rarities and live cuts).

Superfan Josh’s idea for this contest was simple: “Ask ‘em what they think the dude says at the end of the ‘Just’ video.”

So there you have it; a fascinating idea. People who can read lips may not enter, and folks that live outside the U.S. can’t win (sorry! sorry!). You have one week, til next Saturday the 18th. GO.


True Love Waits (unreleased, live)
Street Spirit (The Johnny Walker Show, 6/8/95)
My Iron Lung (The Forum, London, 3/25/95)
Black Star (The Johnny Walker Show, 6/8/95)
Thinking About You (T In The Park Festival, Glasgow 7/13/96)
Fake Plastic Trees (acoustic, London 1995)

Later this month (April 21), Capitol/EMI will also reissue 12 Radiohead EPs on 180-gram vinyl as part of the “From The Capitol Vaults” vinyl series. I do not get to give those away, but it’s pretty cool.

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  • trick question: only the band and the director of the video know….

    jamz — April 11, 2009 @ 5:02 pm

  • Ok Heather, after close analysis, here is my best guess: “…seen. What I’ve seen. W…”

    Video edit here: http://web.me.com/cargoplex/just/just.html

    BTW I know this isn’t quite what you meant, but I couldn’t help myself B-)

    Aaron — April 11, 2009 @ 5:09 pm

  • i’ve always thought he said “Arsenal won”. which i would find endlessly amusing if that was the case

    adam — April 11, 2009 @ 5:31 pm

  • I think he spoke in tongues, or some crazy gibberish

    Mandy — April 11, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

  • “In a few years, George W. Bush will be President of the US.”

    Tug — April 11, 2009 @ 6:43 pm

  • He just says, “You want to know? I’ll tell you… I’ll tell you…” over and over. (This according to a hearing impaired fella who reads lips…)

    jeffrey k.

    jeffrey k. — April 11, 2009 @ 6:57 pm

  • My guess, since the video doesn’t show everything he says…

    “God is watching, waiting to cast judgement on every one of us sinners. Give up. There is no hope.”

    Or something seemingly cosmic and earth shattering of that sort.

    YFH — April 11, 2009 @ 7:13 pm

  • “Well…there’s this great new band called Coldplay”

    Brandon — April 11, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

  • ” if i get up , keanu reeves will make more movies….”

    just a thought

    sixandempanada — April 11, 2009 @ 7:31 pm

  • You and noone else
    You do it to yourself, yourself, yourself.

    Etc etc etc. . . .

    R&N — April 11, 2009 @ 7:35 pm

  • If you lay here you can see Radiohead playing in that window…

    Jon — April 11, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

  • “They can’t see you when you are laying down”

    Andy Dunn — April 11, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

  • “I wanted to get away, I wanted to get away”..

    Tom C. — April 11, 2009 @ 9:59 pm

  • I’m quite certain he’s saying…”Let Jonathan win the Radiohead reissues”

    Jonathan — April 11, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

  • Ha. Great idea. I’ve had roughly 537 arguments with friends about this exact video. My guess changes everyday. Today I think he says, “Don’t look into Thom Yorke’s left eye.”

    matt — April 11, 2009 @ 11:44 pm

  • If you were all listening hard enough, you would see that he is in fact saying “Everybody lay down, so people will wonder what the fuck I was trying to say to you all… lay down like you are dead. People will talk about this video’s meaning on forums on the web for years…Ha the suckers!”

    Kim — April 11, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

  • I always thought that this guy could see the future and told everyone they were also going to die. So they all joined them on the street with no reason to keep going waiting for the end.

    Adrian Cepeda — April 12, 2009 @ 4:33 am

  • He just says, “You want to know? I’ll tell you… I’ll tell you…” over and over.

    mark richmond — April 12, 2009 @ 7:03 am

  • I believe he said “Stinkin Radiohead! I’m gonna ruin them. I’m gonna tell everyone.” And then he blathered on about how nice Chris Martin was to him.

    Matt — April 12, 2009 @ 7:39 am

  • I believe he says “They just played the riff from the Phish songs in which everyone falls to the ground at their shows.”

    brian s. — April 12, 2009 @ 7:56 am

  • Scott Tenorman ate chili made from his parents!

    Daniel — April 12, 2009 @ 8:57 am

  • My best guess:

    “I’ll tell you what happens next. What happens next. What happens next.”


    TJ — April 12, 2009 @ 9:00 am

  • this is my entry.

    BM — April 12, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  • “Last one to lay down is it”

    Capski Buttinski — April 12, 2009 @ 11:35 am

  • It’s obvious:

    “that cloud looks like Heather Browne.”

    …and so everyone lays down to see.

    trampus — April 12, 2009 @ 1:07 pm

  • “Injuns i tells ya. injuns. injuns.”

    Rory McDonnell — April 12, 2009 @ 2:44 pm

  • It was a skewered version of “The Funniest Joke in the World” from that Monty Python skit. I’d repeat it, but I fear what would happen.

    Faites — April 12, 2009 @ 3:40 pm

  • He says, lying down here is the most comfortable place in the world! but by telling you, you all would want to do the same and lie here, and no one would get anything done! i wanted you to leave me here because damn! its so comfy!


    Brian — April 12, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

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  • if squid could cuttle, i would love you. seriously…so easy.

    james woe — April 12, 2009 @ 5:53 pm

  • last one down is it

    Suzanne Kampschror — April 12, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

  • He says,

    “There’s no reason not to”


    Alex Strong — April 12, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

  • i’ll tell you what you dont want

    brad — April 12, 2009 @ 9:09 pm

  • “i have an audibly contagious paralysis-inducing disease… sorry but you were all really insistent”

    ross — April 12, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  • “Conform.”

    Jason Baldwin — April 13, 2009 @ 6:11 am

  • He said, “Radiohead is overrated and lame, not genius. Move on and go about your lives.”

    Craig Thrall — April 13, 2009 @ 6:58 am

  • He says “you do it to yourself”. Just like the song lyrics, everything bad that has ever happened to you is your own fault.

    ryan — April 13, 2009 @ 7:02 am

  • everything that can happen already has happened, its time for everyone to lay down.

    jon — April 13, 2009 @ 7:47 am

  • ….. i don’t feel loved ….

    Orly — April 13, 2009 @ 9:07 am

  • possibility #1:
    “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve things and a desire to enjoy things. This makes it hard to plan the day.”*

    possibility #2:
    “Do you like fishsticks??…”


    JH — April 13, 2009 @ 10:10 am

  • I wanted to take a nap.

    Jeremy — April 13, 2009 @ 12:23 pm

  • i’ve heard two theories…

    1. “Arsenal just won” which i like the best, because the thing was filmed in liverpool, and 2. (which is more likely) “well, Down is the new Up”

    stevej — April 13, 2009 @ 12:33 pm

  • I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

    Bill — April 13, 2009 @ 1:57 pm

  • “Well, Billy Ray Cyrus had a kid named Miley and in a few years….”

    What he actually says is rather pointless. You’re not really supposed to know–kind of like the end of “Lost in Translation” or the briefcase in “Pulp Fiction”. The goal is to let the audience fill in the blanks based on their own interpretations.

    Cory — April 13, 2009 @ 2:46 pm

  • Think he says, “I’ve lost my internet, and this is the only way I can see ladies under bits now.”

    Well at least.. that’s why I started doing it..

    Alex — April 13, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

  • unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing is going to get better,it’s not.

    Nick Bahula — April 13, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

  • “I cut my kids and half, and all of yours too. Good Morning Bell.”

    Kendall Phillips — April 13, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

  • I never had any idea, but always thought he should be saying: “Now I lay me down to sleep…” ;)

    theEvilAngel — April 14, 2009 @ 9:27 am

  • They cancelled LOST, before it was finished airing….. We will never know.. We will never know…

    Jeff Topping — April 14, 2009 @ 10:32 am

  • “I’m spying on the ninja turtles”

    Jared Robertson — April 14, 2009 @ 11:03 am

  • In the year 2008, Subway will introduce the five dollar foot-long.

    cloudkiller — April 14, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  • I’ve seen the war

    FeelLikeAStranger — April 14, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

  • I hate to let everybody down, but I’m convinced he’s saying “Hello, my name’s Eric, I’ve been reading Heather’s blog for several years and have never won anything, buy I sure hope my luck will change and she’ll give me that Radiohead package because she’s a fine young lady who appreciates the fact that she has a 49-year-old reader who can devote some of his precious time reading her blog that isn’t spent working, raising his kids or being a loyal and caring husband to his wife of 25 years”. Really; that’s what he’s saying.

    Eric — April 14, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

  • There is no easy way out. No easy way out indeed.

    Jessica — April 15, 2009 @ 9:13 am

  • He’s saying: “If you lay down on this sidewalk you can see Radiohead playing in that loft just up there.”

    Although I really really think he’s saying “I’ve seen a way” twice.

    Robert — April 15, 2009 @ 9:14 am

  • “More Lamb. More Lamb. More Lamb.”

    Jessica — April 15, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  • He was telling the story of Melody Nelson.

    Scott — April 15, 2009 @ 11:14 pm

  • I just heard a song by a band called Nickleback.

    Rick — April 16, 2009 @ 10:32 am

  • I spaced it in my previous guess. What he really said was, “It’s mustache growing season and I just shaved. I am lost without my mustache. The pain is unbearable. I will lie here until my mustache returns.”

    matt — April 16, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

  • He says “This is the way I see the world”

    Paul — April 17, 2009 @ 6:00 am

  • I am feeling quasi-philosophical at the moment. First, let me say that I am a student and check your blog every friday night after I complete my studies for the week – it’s kinda a ritual :)

    Getting to the contest, at the risk of this response being pedestrian, Radiohead’s Just has always represented to me that we make our own way in the world. Although others may seem to dictate our lives and life-paths, no one ultimately makes those choices except the individual. The people in the video, in my opinion, represent outside forces in our lives that have tendency to have an effect on our perception of what we should or should not do. If that is the case, it doesn’t really matter what he says … it’s the realization of the original man laying down that others have no power over him that causes them to lay down. In my mind, he is not actually saying anything. I analogize it to a person sleeping and mouthing words while thinking something. If you wake the person up and ask them what they said they may not know, but the thought and feeling associated with that thought can be recalled. The words are not as important as the realization. Therefore, the first man fell because he was helpless and the others fell because the man who originally fell realized that he, and only he, had the ultimate power to help himself.

    I love your blog! I hope you can keep it going for years to come! If my response is ridiculous, I apologize, but I thank you for the opportunity to win this fantastic prize. I look forward to finding out the winning answer!

    Highest regards,
    Tom – from Chicago

    Tom — April 17, 2009 @ 10:32 am

  • I believe he says,

    “You know I laughed when she (Heather Browne) left, but now I know, I know I only hurt myself…”

    Leo — April 17, 2009 @ 3:29 pm

  • “You want to know? I’ll tell you…this is it…this is all there really is. And there is nothing new, nothing better out there…no point to it all…Just this.”

    Really it doesn’t matter what he said…the various answers bouncing round in our heads are likely more devastating than anything the video could’ve revealed.

    Pat — April 17, 2009 @ 10:27 pm

  • “i’m lying down because i’m tired of these reissues”. okay, that was kind of mean.. but i want these anyway ;)

    ann — April 18, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

  • ‘if i lay here, if i just lay here, would you lie with me and just forget the world’

    jason — April 18, 2009 @ 1:09 pm

  • 14 years from now, the band that is currently playing 8 stories above us will reissue the album for which this video was created to promote. Our lives and our reality is actually just a creation of someone’s artistic imagination captured in a 4 minute video, and is otherwise meaningless. Oh the postmodernity!!!!

    …Now lay with me.

    Trent — April 19, 2009 @ 3:26 am

  • “Why am I here? Why are you here? Why are we all here? I think it was Jean-Paul Sarte who said… How do you spell Sarte?”
    “Why do you keep hitting me, this guy’s going to cut off my finger!”

    Jeff — April 19, 2009 @ 6:21 am

  • Contest closed yesterday! I’ve sent an email off to the winner :)

    Thanks for playing guys. It was fun.

    browneheather — April 19, 2009 @ 8:18 am

  • “The capitalist financial system of the western world is a house of cards that most certainly will collapse in the year 2008 even just as a rainbow of hope spreads across the land.”

    Rich Martin — April 19, 2009 @ 11:31 am

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