Radiohead’s publicist assures me that rumors of frontman Thom Yorke contributing music to McG’s movie Terminator Salvation are, yep, just rumors — something that everyone who’s at all familiar with the respective oeuvres of Thom Yorke and McG already knew. (Let’s just say Thom has never struck me as an action-packed popcorn flick kinda guy.) Now that that’s cleared up, though, can I play devil’s advocate for a second?
Some of Radiohead’s best work over the years has been tied to movies. They wrote the immortal “Exit Music (for a Film)” for the closing credits of 1996’s Romeo + Juliet, which also prominently featured their excellent B-side “Talk Show Host” (below). Ten years later, Yorke gave his new solo song “Black Swan” to A Scanner Darkly. And guitarist Jonny Greenwood penned the score for 2007’s There Will Be Blood — by far my favorite part of that film. Meanwhile, Yorke and Greenwood both participated in a handful of awesome Roxy Music covers for 1998’s Velvet Goldmine, while Greenwood and drummer Phil Selway played a song in a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire outtake. I could go on like this for days!
McG’s Terminator reboot isn’t the most obvious next step for Yorke in that (mostly) arty procession, sure. But I’m a reasonably committed fan of the sci-fi franchise — even liked T3 — so I’ll probably end up seeing Salvation in theaters. It would sure make my day if my favorite avant-garde auteur had something to do with it. Never gonna happen, I know. And this pairing could have turned out to be totally weird and jarring. But am I the only one who thinks that it could, maybe, have been potentially kind of cool if this were more than just a rumor (which it’s not)?
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