7 Television Commercials

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7 Television Commercials
Video by Radiohead
Released 4 May 1998 (VHS)
4 August 2003 (DVD)
Recorded 1995-1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 34:03
Label Parlophone (EMI)
Radiohead chronology
Live at the Astoria
(1995)
7 Television Commercials
(1998)
Meeting People Is Easy
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Allmovie 3/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 2/4 stars [3]

7 Television Commercials is a collection of music videos from English alternative rock band Radiohead, covering the period from their The Bends (1995) and OK Computer (1997).[4][5]

Release[edit]

The VHS home video was released on 4 May 1998 in the United Kingdom, and on 30 June in the United States.[6][7]

The DVD was released on 4 August 2003 in the UK and 5 August in North America, with no additional features or footage.[8][9]

Song List[edit]

  1. "Paranoid Android"
  2. "Street Spirit (Fade Out)"
  3. "No Surprises"
  4. "Just"
  5. "High and Dry" (U.S. version)
  6. "Karma Police"
  7. "Fake Plastic Trees"

Critical reception[edit]

7 Television Commercials received mixed reviews from critics. Reviewer Ian Reed felt that "it could have been better".[4] Reed also commented on the duration of the video, just over 30 minutes, only seven music videos.

Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone gave the re-release collection of videos 2 out of 4 stars, also mentioning the length of the release: "Why only seven? And no bonus material? You'd think that a band as wary of commercial exploitation as Radiohead wouldn't ask fans to shell out for so slight a souvenir."[10]

Personnel[edit]

All videos commissioned by Dilly Gent.

Packaging art and design by Stanley Donwood and The White Chocolate Farm.

  • "Paranoid Android"
    Director: Magnus Carlsson
    Producer: Peter Gustaffson
    Production company: Wegelius Animation AB
  • "No Surprises"
    Director: Grant Gee
    Producer: Phil Barnes
    Cinematography: Dan Landin
    Production company: Kudos (Music Video)
  • "Just"
    Director: Jamie Thraves
    Producer: Niki Amos
    Cinematography: Alexander Seligman
    Production company: Oil Factory Inc
  • "High and Dry" (U.S. version)
    Director: Paul Cunningham
    Producer: Myke Zykoff
    Cinematography: Adam Beckman
    Production company: Oil Factory Inc
  • "Karma Police"
    Director: Jonathan Glazer
    Producer: Nick Morris
    Cinematography: Steve Keith-Roach
    Production company: Academy Music Video Ltd
  • "Fake Plastic Trees"
    Director: Jake Scott
    Producer: Ellen Jacobson
    Cinematography: Salvatore Totino
    Production company: Black Dog Films (LA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 7 Television Commercials at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-15.
  2. ^ "Movies and Films Database - Movie Search, Guide, Recommendations, and Reviews - AllRovi". Allmovie.com. 1963-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-15. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ a b Reed, Ian (2008-07-08). "TV Killed the video star". pittnews.com. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  5. ^ Deming, Mark. "Radiohead: 7 Television Commercials". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Release dates for Radiohead: 7 Television Commercials". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  7. ^ "radiohead discography – home videos". greenplastic.com. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  8. ^ "Radiohead -- 7 Television Commercials [DVD] [1998]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Radiohead - 7 Television Commercials (1998)". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2009-05-01. 
  10. ^ Hoard, Christian (2003-09-11). "Radiohead: 7 Television Commercials". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2009-05-02.