Feb 25th, 2011
Thom Yorke Dances to the Beat of His (and Beyonce’s) Own Drum.
Bands like Radiohead don’t come along very often. Part sheer musical talent, part innovative leaders in creating new genres, Radiohead – and lead singer Thom Yorke in particular – definitely have that freedom of creative expression thing down.
Off of their new album, The King of Limbs, their latest music video for the song “Lotus Flower” features Yorke dancing in a room by himself. And I use the word dancing very loosely here. His movements automatically make me think of a variety of birds having seizures. Then his facial expressions remind me that he is in fact human but maybe very confused as to where he is. Other highlights of the video include Yorke losing his balance when trying to find a good place to sit down at 3:05, and driving an out-of-control lawnmower around 4:25.
Not only has this music video gone a buzz on the waves of YouTube and video websites galore, but also many parody songs have followed. One such amazing video features him dancing to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” which I’ve included here.
Whatever the bands or singers you love, music is a huge form of expressing who you are. Thom Yorke is a great artist for having the guts to dance like this. I know Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes would agree.