Radiohead’s Glastonbury headline set celebrated 20 years of OK Computer
But there was still time to lay into contemporary politics
This month marked the 20th anniversary of Radiohead’s masterpiece OK Computer, a record that helped re-route the course of rock music into the new millennium and beyond. In recognition, the band dedicated a sizeable part of their Friday night (23 June) headline slot at Glastonbury to revisiting some much-loved OK Computer tracks.
Lucky, Airbag, Exit Music (for a Film), Let Down, Street Spirit (Fade Out) and Paranoid Android were all played live alongside cuts from the band’s sizeable back catalogue taking in A Moon-Shaped Pool, Kid A, Hail to the Thief, The King of Limbs and more. The encore included, perhaps not surprisingly, No Surprises with the line “bring down the government, they don’t care about us” drawing a huge cheer. They closed with Karma Police.
It wasn’t the only political moment. Thom Yorke mocked Theresa May’s “strong and stable” refrain and, later, referred to “useless politicians”. The crowd responded by chanting Jeremy Corbyn’s name. At one point Thom Yorke quipped: “See ya Theresa. Just shut the door on your way out”.
You can see the full setlist and some real time reactions from Twitter below.
3. Ful Stop
5. 15 Step
7. Exit Music (For A Film)
8. Pyramid Song
9. Everything In It’s Right Place
10. Let Down
12. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
14. You And Whose Army?
15. There There
17. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
18. No Surprises
21. Paranoid Android
22. Fake Plastic Trees
23. Lotus Flower
25. Karma Police
They’re chanting OH JEREMY CORBYN during Radiohead at Glastonbury! Incredible!
— Zoe London (@zoelondondj) June 23, 2017
Lol at Thom Yorke robotically repeating “STRONG AND STABLE! STRONG AND STABLE!” during Radiohead’s set at #Glastonbury
— Gavin Winters (@GavinWinters) June 23, 2017
— maryanne hobbs (@maryannehobbs) June 23, 2017
— Basil’s Wrathbone (@properwazzock) June 23, 2017
Imagine if your second song of your headline act was ‘Lucky’.
— Alan Crosby (@alancrosbyuk) June 23, 2017
“See ya later Theresa May. Shut the door on your way out” – Thom Yorke in between tracks during Radiohead’s #Glastonbury set
— Guardian music (@guardianmusic) June 23, 2017