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Merry Christmas, Here's Radiohead's Rejected Theme Song for 'Spectre'

Radiohead released the track on its SoundCloud account.
December 25, 2015, 4:00pm

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This is so cool. This is so cool. Radiohead posted a song on SoundCloud that the band says was originally written for Spectre, the James Bond movie that came out in November.

"Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre," the band wrote on SoundCloud. "Yes we were. It didn't work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much. As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it. Merry Christmas. May the force be with you."

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Here's the track. I don't know what to say about it. It's very Radiohead and a little sad:

This is what the studio eventually chose.

Radiohead has had many, many songs in movies. According to IMDb, the band has 134 soundtrack credits in film and television, ranging from the Wikileaks documentary We Steal Secrets ("Jigsaw Falling into Place") to Daria ("Paranoid Android").

However, I think these are the two most iconic pairings of film and Radiohead.

"Everything in Its Right Place," gorgeous and disorienting, for Vanilla Sky.

Not the official video.

The band had two songs in Romeo + Juliet, the Leonardio DiCaprio/Claire Danes adaptation that came out in 1996: "Talk Show Host," remixed by Nellee Hooper, which comes on when Romeo first appears, and "Exit Music for a Film," which runs in the credits.

Not the official videos.

Radiohead also had two songs in the timeless classic Clueless. But Spectre is too good for Radiohead. Sure.