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Radiohead on The Colbert Report: Thom Yorke Doesn’t Like Corporate Jokes Too Much

It is, suddenly and slightly inexplicably, Radiohead Week! The band played this past weekend’s Saturday Night Live premiere, did an hour-long Colbert special (with interview), and have two concerts planned at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom later this week. Last night’s Colbert appearance was especially remarkable for two reasons: (1) The show gave them time to play four songs off their most recent album, King of Limbs, and (2) the band actually had to interact with a human — in this case, the bombastic, pro-business character of Stephen Colbert. So how did that go down? Pretty well, actually — a typically obnoxious Colbert hounded the band about their “indieness,” Britishness, and anti-corporateness, and they were pretty good sports about the whole bit. Thom Yorke’s eye twitch got worse* as Colbert shilled for the Dr. Pepper Zone (at this point, we began to wonder how reluctant a guest Yorke really was), but he managed a good comeback about the gross rinse fluid they use at the dentist. Oh, and then they played music, which you can watch here. Enjoy!

*This post has been corrected to note we’re not making fun of Yorke’s eye condition (which we didn’t know he had.) He just appeared visibly agitated. Sorry!

Radiohead on The Colbert Report: Thom Yorke Doesn’t Like Corporate Jokes Too Much