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Sam Smith on Thom Yorke, Radiohead's Spectre song

‘Thom Yorke?’ Smith asked writing partner Jimmy Napes at the Golden Globes on Sunday

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Sam Smith and writing partner Jimmy Napes won Golden Globe for Best Original Song for their Spectre track “Writing’s on the Wall.” But the producers also considered at least one other version, from alt-rock pioneers Radiohead.

After their win Sunday night, Smith and Napes were fielding reporters’ questions backstage when someone asked for their thoughts on Thom Yorke sharing Radiohead’s rejected take on the song. Smith’s initial response was unexpected: Smith asks Napes, “Thom Yorke?” before being prompted about his band affiliation.

“Was I shocked? Yeah, I was a little bit surprised. Not gonna lie, little bit surprised,” Smith said. “But I actually haven’t listened to it, personally. Because I did the Spectre theme song.” 

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Yorke shared his band’s take on the Bond theme last Christmas, confirming rumors and bookies who listed them as a favorite to pen the track. “Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre,” Yorke wrote. “It didn’t work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.”

See Smith and Napes’ interview below, via Variety.

Hear Smith’s song “Writing’s on the Wall” here, and Radiohead’s take here.