Jonny Greenwood Confirms Radiohead Are Recording A Version Of ’90s Rarity “Lift”
Last month Jonny Greenwood talked to Dutch website 3voor12 about Radiohead’s progress in the studio, but as Consequence Of Sound notes, the interview just captured the attention of the band’s English-speaking fans on Reddit. And it’s a good thing they caught it! Most of the exchange is mundane — it took Radiohead “a lot of time” to get back in the groove after their hiatus, and they’re working in intervals on-and-off — but one bit of information will raise hairs on the neck of anyone who has trawled the internet in search of every last Radiohead rarity: They’ve resumed work on “Lift,” a song they used to perform live in the ’90s.
Greenwood compared “Lift” to In Rainbows ballad “Nude,” another fan favorite Radiohead resurrected more than a decade later, and seemed miffed that manager Bryce Edge had tipped off the interviewer to the fact that “Lift” was a going concern again:
He really said that? It’s a “management-favorite.” What people don’t know is that there’s a very old song on each album, like “Nude” on In Rainbows. We never found the right arrangement for that, until then. “Lift” is just like that. When the idea is right, it stays right. It doesn’t really matter in which form.
Watch this video from Pinkpop 1996 and getting fucking stoked.