If you checked the ID3 tags of our song-for-song cover of OK Computer, you saw a note promising b-sides. And indeed, we’ve got a couple. But first: we’re glad so many of you enjoyed what you heard! Although, this being Stereogum, our first commenter has “never been much of a fan of ’OK Computer.’” Of course.

For the rest of you we’ve got Northern State’s take on “No Surprises.” The Strong Island trio took our ears by surprise with the sweet, Luscious Jackson-y “Away Away” earlier this year, and in that spirit the Tegan & Sara tour partners get their harmonies on with a faithful take on OKC track 10. (Marissa beat Hesta Prynn in our Over The Top-style indie-rock arm wrestling tourney, so Miss Nadler got first download privileges.)

Next week we’ll give ya a true b-side: a cover of a tune from the Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP.

Refresh here all weekend long for reports from the 2007 Pitchfork Music Festival, and — if we’re lucky — fashion tips from Bradford Cox.

Comments (26)
  1. ko  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2007 0

    can’t stay off radiohead’s dick, can ya?

  2. nsd  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2007 0

    Yeah, they better jump off that dick so i can jump on…

  3. Music Discoverer  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2007 0

    I was never a Radiohead fan, when I heard Karma Police from their album OK Computer i fell in love and went on the perilous journey of collecting every last one of their album. so i have to say The tribute to Ok Computer artist line-up is fucking amazing

  4. Love the Northern State cover!
    it woulda fit nicely on their soon to be released new CD

  5. Mrs. Featherbottom  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2007 0

    So, it’s pretty obvious that you people at Stereogum love music and you’re passionate and all…
    But what a silly site. The writing is right about high school level. And you really gotta do something about titles, in general.
    OKX? What a stupid title, a real grabber! The layout and graphic design is just LAME. But, oh well, I’m just pointing out the painfully obvious. What do you expect from something called “Stereogum”?

  6. The Other Matthew  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2007 0

    I actually think most of these covers are shit. Still, it’s a good bit of fun. I want to hear some (good) “Polyethylene”!

  7. They’re in ny mixing lp7

  8. Jeff  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2007 0

    Why is everybody that posts comments such a douche?

  9. 2 sheds  |   Posted on Jul 13th, 2007 0


  10. Christopher  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    Ditto – “Polyethylene” is one of the best song’s I’ve ever heard – hope you found someone good who doesn’t fuck it up!

  11. What a brilliant scholar Mrs. Applebottom is, eh?

  12. thanks mrs. featherbottom. you’ve shed some real light on stereogum.

  13. monsieur john  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    You’re spoiling us, aren’t ya?

  14. Jesse Largearse  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    I haven’t listened to this track, In fact I’ve never heard of radiohead or northern state and I only ever listen to radio 4 anyway but I thought I’d post here to tell you that the colour scheme of this site is awful, you should do it in a nice magnolia. I’m sure you’re grateful for my highly educated input.

  15. Eddison  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    I want to hear The Hold Steady covering Palo Alto. Make THAT happen, and I’ll love you guys for life.*


  16. Mrs. Featherbottom  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    when you put a squirt of frosting down your throat before we take our medications… in the most delicious way!

  17. maebe funke  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    please be quiet, mrs. fingerbottom.

    good news on the airbag/hmd? ep b-sides – I’ve always been amazed at how many amazing songs they wrote during the ok computer sessions.

  18. Sam  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    Polyethylene is soooooo good

  19. jp  |   Posted on Jul 14th, 2007 0

    i’m with Jeff on this one. sometimes reading the comments on here makes me want to stay away… to disassociate myself, i guess.

    great site, annoying readers (or at least the ones who comment).

    but yeah, this was a great tribute project. much appreciated.

  20. dan  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2007 0

    haha… so true JP. I really enjoy Stereogum’s content (despite the *awful* color scheme!! Sheesh) but sometimes abstain for weeks at a time because of the obscene douche-baggery in the comments. Oh well, I guess that’s the internet for ya. It’s a lot easier to be an asshole if you don’t have to look somebody in the face.

    As for me, thanks for the good work, Stereogum. You can ride Radiohead’s dick as long as you want.

  21. This project is genius. Now if you can get Lucky Soul, Andrew Bird, the New Pornographers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Feist, and Von Sudenfed to cover Rush’s “Permanent Waves” (Entre Nous, Jacob’s Ladder, Free Will, The Spirit of Radio, Different Strings, and Natural Science respectively), my life will be complete.

  22. northern state are rulz !

  23. Chris  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2007 0

    That Chris Walla version of Polyethelene is disgusto.

  24. The download link is broken and this track is missing from the compilation. Am I missing something?

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