Paranoid Android

July 12, 2012 11:16 AM

My allotted song for the July Metafilter Music Radiohead Extravaganza.

I had originally started something more sombre a few weeks ago but ditched it. This has been insane because we have been home for about 3 days this month, but I really wanted to get something done. Wish I had more time to flesh things out a bit. I stayed up until 5am this morning throwing this craziness together and we are seriously leaving in less than an hour to get on a plane to Europe and my clothes are still all over the bed in a giant pile.

posted by chococat (28 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

Stop being so damn talented!!! (Note: Ignore my previous statement and don't ever stop - this is awesome) Can't believe this is your "I threw this together track"
posted by TwoWordReview at 11:45 AM on July 12, 2012

Sooo goood.
posted by Foci for Analysis at 11:49 AM on July 12, 2012

Jesus christ, man. This is fantastic, I'm glad you managed to knock it out in your little slice of time.
posted by cortex at 11:51 AM on July 12, 2012

I can't decide if I love the drums/percussion or the wah guitar more. OH FINE I LOVE THEM BOTH EQUALLY.
posted by dubold at 12:04 PM on July 12, 2012

Wonderful. The instrumental breaks in the first section are solid gold.
posted by uncleozzy at 12:13 PM on July 12, 2012

Wish I had more time to flesh things out a bit.

"This old thing? Why, I only wear it when I don't care how I look!"
posted by John Cohen at 1:03 PM on July 12, 2012 [2 favorites]

Nice one!
posted by idest at 1:37 PM on July 12, 2012

posted by airing nerdy laundry at 2:10 PM on July 12, 2012

This conjures up the fiction in my head of a sibling spacetime dimension where Elliot Smith and The Specials convened in the late 70s to produce something called "Overly Suspicious Robot".

And then Radiohead stole it.
posted by hanoixan at 2:48 PM on July 12, 2012

(by that I mean, this is fucking rad.)
posted by hanoixan at 2:49 PM on July 12, 2012

Wow. This is greatness. So much to take in, I have to listen to this a few more times.
posted by Elmore at 3:28 PM on July 12, 2012

My excitement that chococat posted a challenge track was not met with disappointment after having listened to it.

And here we [askmeaboutLOOM and myself] are on the 12th with big plans and only a couple of parts committed to disk.

Well done, sir. Well done.
posted by man vs sun at 3:54 PM on July 12, 2012

Hey thanks everybody. I'm sitting in a plane at the gate right now so this is my last chance to comment for a while.
I had to do some last high-ass singing in the basement at about 11 this morning while everybody was running around upstairs packing, and when I sang the "rain down, rain down" part someone flushed a toilet upstairs and the big pipes beside my mic were alive with sound. I didn't have time for a re-take but it's kind of appropriate anyway. You can hear it if you solo the track.
posted by chococat at 4:41 PM on July 12, 2012

Well. It actually took me three listens before I decided that I now like your version better than the original, which is saying a lot. Still, I had expected you to do it in just two listens. I think it was the toilet flush that had me on the fence there for a while. Say "hi" to Europe for me.

*hits replay*
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:16 PM on July 12, 2012

Very, very cool!
posted by two lights above the sea at 5:31 PM on July 12, 2012

This is how you keep close to the source material, yet still make it completely different. Radiohead, via Jamiroquai? I mean that in the best of ways.
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 11:19 PM on July 12, 2012

Radiohead, via Jamiroquai?

chococat will get to europe without moving?
posted by dubold at 12:35 AM on July 13, 2012

well, shit. this is amazing.
posted by palomar at 1:23 AM on July 13, 2012

This is a really nice take on the song. As always, I'm blown away by not only the tightness of your vocal parts, but how well they fit in the mix.

I couldn't place where I'd heard the drums at 3:18 before. And then I realized why they were so familiar. (at 1:12)
posted by onehalfjunco at 6:25 AM on July 13, 2012

so freakin good.
posted by pwally at 11:54 AM on July 13, 2012

Now that's more bloody like it.
posted by Decani at 1:59 PM on July 14, 2012

Have a good flight!

So good, love your singing here, sounds fantastic. 2nding what twowordreview and Loom said.

Welcome to Europe!
posted by marienbad at 3:46 PM on July 15, 2012

Decani: "Now that's more bloody like it."

As opposed to those other submissions, amirite?

Nice job, man.
posted by lazaruslong at 8:03 PM on July 15, 2012

The guitar in the beginning sounds right out of Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 which is, thematically, a really great association. Awesome.
posted by big friendly giant at 7:57 PM on July 16, 2012

I wasn't really feeling the challenge this month, despite my initial eagerness, but this total deliciousness brought back the desire, and your tight timeframe just made me feel lazy so I'll find a way to make mine happen. Thanks for the motivation.
posted by davejay at 7:38 PM on July 18, 2012

So lovely.
posted by it's a long way to south america at 11:06 PM on July 20, 2012

Oooh that's great, well done!
posted by dabug at 4:14 PM on July 23, 2012

As opposed to those other submissions, amirite?

Nice job, man.
posted by lazaruslong at 4:03 AM on July 16

Yes, as opposed to the other submissions thus far. It was my opinion that this one was significantly better. See, I come from a generation that didn't run screaming in terror from the idea that it is okay to judge one thing as being better than another. I apologise if that upsets you. Or not, possibly.
posted by Decani at 8:33 PM on July 26, 2012

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