These Are My Twisted Words

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"These Are My Twisted Words"
Single by Radiohead
Released 17 August 2009
Format Download
Genre Alternative rock, experimental rock
Length 5:31
Label Self-released
Writer(s) Radiohead
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich
Radiohead singles chronology
"Harry Patch (In Memory Of)"
(2009)
"These Are My Twisted Words"
(2009)
"Supercollider" / "The Butcher"
(2011)

"These Are My Twisted Words" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. It was leaked on 12 August 2009, possibly by the band, and officially released on 17 August as a free download from the Radiohead website.

Composition[edit]

"These Are My Twisted Words" opens with an "ominious"[1] krautrock-style build-up"[2] with a "featherweight" motorik beat[3] from drummer Phil Selway before Thom Yorke's vocal enters.[2] Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone also noted the krautrock influence, likening the song to the In Rainbows track "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi."[4] Matthew Schnipper of The Fader described it as a "simple song" with "a plodding, stubborn forward spirit".[2]

Release[edit]

On 12 August 2009, the song was leaked via BitTorrent.[5] A text file included in the torrent file contained ASCII art, a cryptic poem and a reference to a release date of 17 August.[6] Commentators including The Guardian and Rolling Stone speculated that Radiohead leaked the song themselves following the unconventional self-release of their album In Rainbows (2007).[5][4]

On 17 August, guitarist Jonny Greenwood announced on Radiohead's blog that "These Are My Twisted Words" was available as a free download from the Radiohead site or a torrent hosted by Mininova.[7] The download included artwork by Stanley Donwood and Yorke to be printed on tracing paper and put "in an order that pleases you."[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Brian Parks of PopMatters gave "These Are My Twisted Words" seven out of ten, describing it as "the most recent in a long line of unconventionally beautiful songs for which Radiohead is renowned."[1] However, Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork Media found its "nauseous guitars" and "vaguely whiny lyrics almost read as parody" and concluded that the song "isn't as enticing as its method of distribution".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Brian Parks (24 August 2009). "Radiohead - "These Are My Twisted Words" (stream)". PopMatters. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Matthew Schnipper (17 August 2009). "Radiohead, “These Are My Twisted Words” MP3". The Fader. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Ryan Dombal (24 August 2009). "Radiohead - "These Are My Twisted Words"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Daniel Kreps (13 August 2009). "New Radiohead Song "These Are My Twisted Words" Leaks". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Sean Michaels (14 August 2009). "Was the new Radiohead song leaked by the band?". guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  6. ^ Harrison Hoffman (13 August 2009). "Did Radiohead just leak the first song from their new EP?". CNET. Retrieved 21 August 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Jonny Greenwood (17 August 2009). "These Are My Twisted Words". Dead Air Space (radiohead.com). Retrieved 21 August 2009. 

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