Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Genius: Nude / Kids

Genius’d Song: Nude
Artist: Radiohead
Album: In Rainbows

Selection: MGMT
Artist: Kids
Album: Oracular Spectacular

Genius Results:

Song - Artist
Nude - Radiohead
Wake Up - The Arcade Fire
Harrowdown Hill - Thom Yorke
Run - Gnarls Barkley
Ready For The Floor - Hot Chip
Dashboard - Modest Mouse
First Day Of My Life - Bright Eyes
Blue Orchid - The White Stripes
Sex On Fire - Kings of Leon
Creep (Acoustic) - Radiohead
The Underdog - Spoon
Analyse - Thom Yorke
No Cars Go - The Arcade Fire
Slow Hands - Interpol
Knocked Up - Kings Of Leon
Icky Thump - The White Stripes
Stop Me (Feat. Daniel Merriweather) - Mark Ronson
Iluvya - Thom Yorke
Salute Your Solution - The Raconteurs
Supernatural Superserious - R.E.M.
Gold Lion (Nick Remix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) - The Arcade Fire
The W.A.N.D. - The Flaming Lips
I Want None Of This - Radiohead
Kids - MGMT


"Nude" is a song by the English alternative rock band Radiohead, appearing as the third track on their 2007 album In Rainbows. The song was released as the second single from In Rainbows on 31 March 2008. "Nude" was written in 1997, and the band began to perform it live soon after. However, a recording was not included on any Radiohead album until 10 years later. In April 2008 "Nude" became the first Radiohead song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1995's "High and Dry" and their most successful on the chart since 1992's "Creep".


The song has undergone numerous revisions since its origins in 1997. It was originally known as "Big Ideas", with the parenthetical "(Don't Get Any)" often added. Apparently this title was at the suggestion of fans, as the song officially had no title yet, but appeared on some setlists as "Nude" or "Neut". In the 1998 documentary Meeting People is Easy, singer Thom Yorke joked to journalist Matt Pinfield that the full title was actually supposed to be "Your Home Is At Risk If You Do Not Keep Up Repayments". A typical version of the song from this period is heard near the close of that film, in a live performance from Tokyo, with both Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood on keyboards and organ. The song was often performed during the final 1998 leg of the band's tour to promote OK Computer (1997), on which the track did not appear.

After 1998, the band initially planned the track for their next album Kid A (2000), but scrapped efforts to record it; the song did not appear on the band's next two albums, either. During this period, it was performed only rarely, notably on request at a 2002 concert in Salamanca, but usually by Yorke in solo acoustic versions. Band members professed admiration for the song but said they had not figured out the best way to approach it in the studio.

In 2005, the band began new recording sessions with Mark Stent and posted a list of songs they were working on, including the now-officially titled "Nude", on their blog, Dead Air Space. This was confirmed in early 2006, when the band revealed that they had been recording "Nude" with a string quartet, and that a new string arrangement had been written by Jonny Greenwood. In June 2006, Yorke and Greenwood said in interviews that the song was effectively finished and on tape in a version they were very satisfied with, barring minor adjustments. After their tour, the band returned to the studio in autumn 2006 to continue recording sessions, this time without Stent, but with their longtime producer Nigel Godrich. On the band's summer 2006 tour to introduce their new material, the new version of "Nude" was played at nearly every concert. Yet the finished version of the song on In Rainbows differs from any previous version, as although it retains most of its lyrics, it replaces its organ or keyboard-driven state with a dub-influenced bass line and rhythm. The chorus is now picked on electric guitar, and the song features Yorke's vocal of the original Hammond organ melody at the end of the song.

To promote the release of the single, the band began a competition for fans to create their own remixes of the song, from the individual tracks of guitar, drums, bass, vocals and strings. These were made available to download, via iTunes, on April 1, 2008, with all entries available to listen to at the remix website. A music video for the song, featuring all band members in slow motion, was made by comedian Adam Buxton and director Garth Jennings for their "Scotch Mist" webcast.

Chart performance

Upon its release, "Nude" outperformed its predecessor "Jigsaw Falling into Place" by reaching number 21 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also charted at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the band's second-ever top 40 hit after the number 34 placement of "Creep" in 1993. "Nude" also charted higher than the only other Radiohead song since "Creep" to make the Hot 100, 1995's number 78 hit "High and Dry", and "Nude" was the first-ever Radiohead song to make the Pop 100. There is some controversy over the US chart placement, because many of the single's sales can be attributed to purchases of individual stems for the remix competition. "Nude" also charted at number 16 in the United World Chart. This is Radiohead's best single performance ever on the world charts, however, they do not store data from before 1999.



Goldwasser and VanWyngarden formed the band while attending Wesleyan University during their freshman year. "We weren't trying to start a band," remarked Goldwasser. "We were just hanging out, showing each other music that we liked." They experimented with noise rock and electronica before settling on what David Marchese of Spin magazine calls "their current brand of shape-shifting psychedelic pop." They graduated in 2005 and toured extensively in support of the Time to Pretend EP, opening for indie rock band Of Montreal.

In the fall of 2006 Maureen Kenny signed the band to Columbia Records. The duo recorded with Flaming Lips music producer Dave Fridmann in 2007 for their major label debut, Oracular Spectacular. MGMT opened for Of Montreal on tour in fall 2007 as a five piece touring band including Matthew Asti (bass), James Richardson (drums), and Hank Sullivant (guitar). As of March 2008, the lineup changed to Will Berman (drums), James Richardson (guitar), and Matthew Asti (bass).

MGMT performed the song "Time to Pretend" on The Late Show with David Letterman on January 8, 2008. The song subsequently hit #21 on the Mediabase US Alternative chart. The song also opened the 2008 film 21 and is featured on its soundtrack. MGMT also performed "Time To Pretend" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on May 15, 2008, and the song was played during the last scene and closing credits of the Skins season two finale, first broadcast on 14th April 2008 in the UK on E4. It was also featured during the season finale of Gossip Girl on May 19, 2008, and the premier opener for the new series 90210 on September 2, 2008 (both of the CW). Another of their songs, "Kids", was selected for the soundtrack for the game FIFA 09, released in September 2008. And another of their songs, "Electric Feel", was selected for the soundtrack for the game Midnight Club Los Angeles, released in October 2008. Also the song "Time to Pretend" was featured in one of the driving scenes from the movie "Sex Drive". "Time To Pretend" also features in the game Shaun White Snowboarding, released in November 2008, along with another track "Of Moons Birds Monsters".

The band supported Radiohead on the Manchester date of their world tour[13] and have announced a headline tour of the UK during November 2008.
MGMT performed at both the 2008 SXSW Music Festival and Austin City Limits festivals in Austin, the first day of Bonnaroo 2008, Coachella Music Festival, performed twice at Glastonbury 2008, and also played Roskilde Festival, Reading Festival, partnering Leeds Festival, T in the Park and the Irish Oxegen Festival (where fans and spectators scaled the tent's internal rigging towers causing the gig to be temporarily stopped for 20 minutes.). They also played at Lollapalooza and the Osheaga festival as well as Summersonic (Japan) and Rock Werchter (Belgium) in 2008. August 2008 saw the band play the UK Reading and Leeds Festival, & at Lowlands in Holland, where they played their album integrally live. They also played at the Toronto Virgin Festival in 2008.

MGMT opened for M.I.A. on the Vassar College date of her 2008 tour, and will also be playing several shows with Beck while he tours in 2008 and also touring Australia with a headlining spot on the Meredith Music Festival line-up.

Nude (fan made video)


The Youth

1 comment:

Mike M said...

I love how your not having time to do much writing is still a heck of a lot of posts...thanks.

But mostly, thanks for the heads up on "the management". I hadn't heard of them before and now own them.