Street Spirit (Fade Out)
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|"Street Spirit (Fade Out)"|
|Single by Radiohead|
|from the album The Bends|
|Released||22 January 1996|
|Radiohead singles chronology|
"Street Spirit (Fade Out)" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead. It is the final track on their second album, The Bends, released in 1995. It was released as a single and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart, Radiohead's highest chart position up to that point. It has been covered by Peter Gabriel and the Darkness. In 2008, the song was featured on Radiohead: The Best Of.
Songwriter Thom Yorke said "Street Spirit" was inspired by the American band R.E.M. and the 1991 novel The Famished Road by Ben Okri. The song is in A minor with an arpeggiated guitar part. It is one of the first Radiohead songs to feature keyboards prominently, which became a staple of their later music. It had the working title "Three-Headed Street Spirit".
The black-and-white music video for "Street Spirit" was filmed during two nights in a desert outside Los Angeles. It was directed by Jonathan Glazer, who said: "That was definitely a turning point in my own work. I knew when I finished that, because they found their own voices as an artist, at that point, I felt like I got close to whatever mine was, and I felt confident that I could do things that emoted, that had some kind of poetic as well as prosaic value. That for me was a key moment."
Peter Gabriel recorded a cover of "Street Spirit" for his Scratch My Back project in 2010. Gabriel recorded the song with the hope that Radiohead would return the compliment by recording a version of his 1982 song "Wallflower" for his And I'll Scratch Yours album. Gabriel alleges that Radiohead ceased communication with him and backed out of the project after he sent the recording. Gabriel said his rendition was "pretty extreme" and had "heard since that the band didn't like what I did with it". Radiohead's record company declined to comment. In 2012, the Darkness released a cover of "Street Spirit" their album Hot Cakes.
- "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" – 4:13
- "Talk Show Host" – 4:41
- "Bishop's Robes" – 3:25
- "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" – 4:13
- "Banana Co." – 2:20
- "Molasses" – 2:27
- Thom Yorke – lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitars
- Jonny Greenwood – electric guitar, synthesizer
- Ed O'Brien – electric guitar, backing vocals
- Colin Greenwood – bass
- Philip Selway – drums, backing vocals
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||26|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||5|
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