Radiohead’s Unreleased ‘Spectre’ Theme Song Is Way Better Than the Original

Listen to it here.

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When we first heard Sam Smith’s “Writing on the Wall,” the theme song for November’s Spectre, our readers were less than thrilled that the Grammy winner would be the musical voice of the new James Bond film. Prepare to be vindicated: Spectre was supposed to feature Radiohead instead.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke tweeted a previously unreleased version of the beloved band’s Spectre theme on Friday, claiming that the band had previously been asked to compose a theme for the Bond film but the arrangement simply “didn’t work out.” 

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NME notes that Radiohead has previously been favored by Bond fanatics to compose the film’s opening theme after British bookies received a  £15,000 bet that the band would trump Smith and Ellie Goulding. 

Give the previously unreleased Spectre theme a listen here:

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h/t NME

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Jared Keller