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Paranoid Androids, us? Why Radiohead’s new album is sending us round The Bends

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By Emily Rycroft

We couldn’t be more excited about the release of Radiohead’s new album, The King of Limbs, for we love nothing more than whiling away the afternoon in the GC office by singing along to a spot of Paranoid Android in our best Thom Yorke voices and contemplating by what method we’ll top ourselves when we get home.

In all seriousness, what’s not to like about Radiohead: MIllions of albums sold, icons around the world and more Tunes than your average branch of Boots during flu season. This is how the middle classes rock, people!

Thom Yorke and the boys have also done more than their bit for the environment over the years. On tour they famously use water flasks to drink from, rather than disposable cups that are bad for the environment; they love a good Traincation; airfreight is banned and all their buses and trucks used on tour run on biofuel. Thom even recruited artists for 350 Earth, the world’s first-ever global climate art project last year.

With this at the forefront of our minds (don’t worry people, suicide is well and truly burried away somewhere near the back, next to the positive thoughts about Peter Andre), we are ever so slightly confused by The King of Limbs being marketed as a “newspaper album”. The physical version of album will consist of two 10 inch clear vinyl records in a record sleeve, a CD, several large sheets of artwork, 625 pieces of smaller artwork and a full colour plastic cover to hold everything together. Perhaps we’re just being Paranoid Androids but we think all that bumf is a bit wasteful…

The solution? Take advantage of the fact that the download only version (so no unnecessary dead trees) will be available before the “newspaper version”. You can download The King of Limbs here on 19 February for only £6.

What’s your favourite Radiohead track? Let us know in the comments below…

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