Radiohead
8 Outtakes From Amnesiac


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crane42 USER (1 Reviews)
March 7th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'm not sure there's anyone out there aside from the band themselves who could explain why these excellent tracks were thrown onto a rare b-sides compilation and left to rot.

2001 was a big year for Radiohead, what with the release of "Amnesiac," various singles, and a live album. In all of this, "8 Outtakes from Amnesiac" slipped under the radar unnoticed.
It's hard to blame anyone for not paying it much attention, as it consisted entirely of material that could be found as "Pyramid Song" and "Knives Out" b-sides. Ah, but what b-sides they are.

"Cuttooth" opens the compilation with a bang. If you're a hardcore fan, you'll probably know this song, since it's gained some notoriety as an intensely popular track that was never given its due. Despite being an apparent favorite of the band, it was kept off of Amnesiac and as of this writing has never been performed live. The instrumentation is pretty and upbeat; the vocals are longing and mournful; the lyrics are disturbing and dark, while the following track "Worrywort" sounds like old video game music, with a nicely upbeat melody and lyrics. Boards of Canada's influence can be seen here as well.

"Fog" is an odd, heartrending hybrid of drum-n-bass and soft piano music (an even better version can be found on Radiohead's later b-sides EP, "COM LAG"). It's followed up by the bizarre interlude "Fast Track" and the eerie, ominous "Amazing Sounds of Orgy." The latter is perhaps one of the band's best songs, and certainly one of their best b-sides.

After the glorious spontaneity of the punky "Trans-Atlantic Drawl," "Kinetic" and an extended version of "Life in a Glasshouse" are the final tracks, but the latter seems rather tacked on and doesn't fit with the tone of the EP; it's more of a bonus track. "Kinetic" feels more like a CD closer; it's creepy and disturbing, with a clattering Miles Davis sample for the drum track and backmasked singing forming the main 'hook.' There's even a hidden message, buried in the mix: "Can't you stop the kids from screaming?"

In short, this is an excellent compilation, containing not just some of Radiohead's b-sides, but some of their best songs, period. There was room on "Amnesiac" for the best of these, and it's not clear why the band threw out these engaging tracks and left them to languish in obscurity.

Highlights: "Cuttooth," "The Amazing Sounds of Orgy," "Worrywort"


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Divine
March 7th 2012


3663 Comments


Cuttooth could have easily been on Amnesiac for a variety of reasons

One of which that it was one of the songs the band put the most effort in

ohfoxxxycole
March 7th 2012


4352 Comments


how was this released whats going on why dont i know about this

SgtPepper
Emeritus
March 7th 2012


4510 Comments


Trans Atlantic Drawl is fucking amazing.

Samizdat
March 7th 2012


301 Comments


^maybe that's why this kind of slipped under the radar, eh?



SgtPepper
Emeritus
March 7th 2012


4510 Comments


@ Xenophanes.
you could definitely find these songs on the internet, it's a pretty damn good collection of songs too. i mean found them and i barely know my way around the internet.

Divine
March 7th 2012


3663 Comments


These set of songs were offered as a bonus disc on some releases of Amnesiac

just saying

Samizdat
March 7th 2012


301 Comments


I was just about to point that out. There's really no need for this thing to be in the database.

Ire
March 7th 2012


41945 Comments


So it's Kid C?

Irving
Emeritus
March 7th 2012


7498 Comments


^ lmao

clercqie
March 7th 2012


6521 Comments


What the fuck is up with that rec'd by reviewer section?

FruityCatOfDoom
March 7th 2012


2218 Comments


All of these tracks are on the Amnesiac collecters editions and are all featured on the three singles.

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
March 7th 2012


58180 Comments


I have these songs
sup

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Divine
March 7th 2012


3663 Comments


"What the fuck is up with that rec'd by reviewer section?"

I heard Thom Yorke and Josh Homme do a lot of cocaine together

wacknizzle
March 7th 2012


14538 Comments


I know these songs are all on scattered on different singles the band put out. I never heard of this album, hope it's legit because these songs are all pretty great.

luschlotz
March 7th 2012


993 Comments


I changed Life in a glass house for the full version on amnesiac, and it got as lot better.

Polyethylene
January 17th 2013


4677 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cuttooth is one of their best songs

tommygun
August 13th 2013


26998 Comments


some swee jams on this

altertide0
April 25th 2015


3026 Comments


Does this album even exist?

Dylan620
July 16th 2017


5551 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

~ Baby alligators in the sewers ~



I love how this band managed to make an animal capable of tearing off whole limbs with their teeth sound so cute and cuddly.

Log S.
September 10th 2017


3240 Comments


"how was this released whats going on why dont i know about this"
this was basically my first reaction to seeing this
these songs are all great, need a hard copy of this thing asap



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