Day 71: “Paranoid Android” – Radiohead


First single from the third album OK Computer (1997), Paranoid Android refers to Marvin the paranoid android, a character of the famous novel Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The creators of this masterpiece, that we can find at the 256th position in 500 Greatest Songs of All Time Rolling Stone‘s ranking, were Radiohead, an english rock band which doesn’t need any introduction.

The poliyhedral song of today, by Thom Yorke‘s words, was composed from parts of three different songs. The album from which it comes marked a turning point in band’s music genre, which was categorized at first as brit-pop, but later, with Ok Computer, reached different sounds.

Paranoid Android is a desperate criticism, claustrophobic, aimed at eighties’ generation, expressed by Thom Yorke’s dreary voice, and matched with a surrel video, cold and nihilist, which is a right mood to express emotions’ defeat and materialism’s celebration.

Special thanks to Claudio for this suggestion!

Testo Paranoid Android – Radiohead

Please could you stop the noise
I’m trying to get some rest?
From all the unborn chicken voices in my head
What’s that, what’s that

When I am king you will be first against the wall
With your opinion which is of no consequence at all
What’s that, what’s that

Ambition makes you look pretty ugly
Kicking squealing gucci little piggy

You don’t remember, you don’t remember,
why don’t you remember my name
Off with his head man, off with his head man
Why don’t you remember my name?
I guess he does

Rain down, rain down, come on rain down on me
From a great height, from a great height, height
Rain down, rain down, come on rain down on me
From a great height, from a great height, height

(repeats 3rd time, underneath vocals are:)
That’s it sir, you’re leaving,
the crackle of pig skin,
the dust and the screaming
The yuppies networking
the panic, the vomit,
the panic, the vomit
God loves his children,
God loves his children, yeah

External links and references:
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