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Served Three Ways: Three Covers of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For a Film)”

Today’s Served Three Ways is a special one for me. Radiohead have been my favorite band for over 15 years now. I’ve seen them numerous times including gigs in Oxford, England; Toronto, Canada; Cleveland Ohio; and both San Francisco & Berkeley, California (amongst other places). Tomorrow I’m heading down to San Jose with Robert from See The Leaves to see them again. So today’s Served Three Ways is a little nod to tomorrow’s show. Today’s track, “Exit Music (For A Film)” was written by the band for the closing credits of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet. Yorke explained his inspiration for the track’s lyrics: “I saw the Zeffirelli version when I was 13 and I cried my eyes out, because I couldn’t understand why, the morning after they shagged, they didn’t just run away. The song is written for two people who should run away before all the bad stuff starts.” The track subsequently appeared on the band’s 1997 masterpiece, OK Computer.

Vampire Weekend – Exit Music (For A Film)(Radiohead Cover)
Amanda Palmer – Exit Music (For A Film)(Radiohead Cover)
Brad Mehldau – Exit Music (For A Film)(Radiohead Cover)

In my opinion, Radiohead is not an easy band to cover, but I think each of these three covers do an admirable job. What do you think? Here is the original.

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • I love that song. It reminds me of my late teens. I was crazy about Radiohead. I still am. I never got to see them live though even though they came to Greece.
    Speaking of -heads, how about some Portishead? I think “Glory Box” is in order!

  • T. Monk

    You have the VW version posted twice thus missing one of the other from the trio…

  • Thanks for the heads up. The post has been updated.

  • Oh, I do love Portishead!

  • Brian

    My favorite band too!

    I’ve been thinking about the Mehldau covers lately, and Radiohead covers by other classical/jazz musicians. I’ve been playing Rockabye Baby Radiohead for my son-in-the-oven which got me thinking of other good instrumental covers.

  • I use to be obsessive about Radiohead. I had piles of CD bootlegs of live gigs. When it came to covers, Mehldau was one of the few folks who received a pass. Oh, and I’m already familiar with those Rockabye Baby albums. I gave my best friend one as a baby shower gift for his son.

  • Elissa Pappas

    “Served Three Ways” is my favorite. Always look forward to it…and I concur…Radiohead is one of my all time faves as well!

  • Tom

    sounded like barf…Can’t believe ppl call that music. Thank god it only got 24 likes on Hypem.

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