Radiohead NOT Doing Palahniuk "Choke" S-track

 

But will still be
contributing one previously recorded song for film.

By Fred Mills

 

 

 

With media reports (such as the one Pitchfork filed a few
days ago) swirling about Radiohead’s reported gig to do the soundtrack to the
film adaptation of author Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke,
the band last night stepped in to set matters straight for all the hairy-palmed
fanboys who are prone to float Radiohead rumors like the rest of us float toy
boats in the lake on idyllic summer days. (Sorry, we just love the smell of
flowery similes and metaphors early in the morning…)

 

 

 

According to the NME, a spokesperson for the band has told
them directly that Radiohead “have only contributed a song to the film.”

 

 

Apparently In Rainbows
tune “Reckoner” will be the closing-credits music for the film, which opens in
late September.

 

 

To be fair, Palahniuk himself set the rumor in motion when
he told the BBC that director Clark Gregg “knew that I’d written Choke while listening to Pablo Honey, with ‘Creep’, over and over and over.
So Clark got Radiohead to contribute a song;
to write a song for the very end of the movie, the final credits. Apparently
Radiohead liked the movie so much, they’ve written the score, most of the
ambient music throughout it. So it’s ‘Choke— with the music of
Radiohead’.”

 

 

Cue up subsequent Radiohead denial. Meanwhile, the BBC itself stepped in and queried Palahniuk
last night for his own clarification, and the somewhat confusing exchange read thusly:

 

 

Palahniuk: “It’s the incidental music and I also thought it
was the closing credits, sort of like the equivalent of the Pixies song in
Fight Club – and Clarke really wanted to end the movie on a downbeat,
kinda like The Graduate, where they’re finally together and on the bus
and the future’s not entirely bright at that point. I know Clark was looking for a very downbeat, mellow sort of
song.”

 

The BBC then asked him if he “has heard the material Radiohead have done for
the background,” and the author replied,  “Yes, I have, and it is terrific, I really
love everything about the movie, it is as good as Fight Club, and the romance
is much more predominant.”

 

 

Got all that? Befuddled? Yup, us too! Okay, back to those
boats, kids!

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