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01 April 2021

Radiohead Have Joined TikTok And Shared A New Mysterious Video

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Radiohead have today (1st April) joined TikTok, sharing a video clip of Chieftan Mews – the long-running character played by their producer Nigel Godrich – sat at a desk with the Radiohead bear head logo visible in the background.

Chieftan Mews is a character the band first introduced in 2003 as the host for The Greatest Lying Mouth Of All Time, a four part webcast series on Radiohead.tv which they launched in the run up to the release of their sixth album, Hail To The Thief.

Someone speaks to Chieftan Mews off camera (“Say something”), to which he replies, “Well what do you want me to say?” before turning to the viewers and saying, “This is your wake-up call. Have a good day”. In the background Paranoid Android can be heard playing.
In their bio it reads, “Proud to be joining the TikTok revolution.”

You can watch the video below.

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♬ original sound – Radiohead

What the band might be up to is open to debate. Last year marked the 20th anniversary of Kid A, and while the band discussed it nothing appeared. Could this finally be news of a box set? And could 2001’s Amnesiac also be up for reissue? The band released the 2017 set, OKNOTOK to celebrate 20 years of OK Computer, so perhaps their follow up albums are lined up for similar treatment. Ed O’Brien revealed the group had been having “online meetings” over Zoom in 2020 to discuss the anniversary of Kid A last year. He also said that he himself was not a fan of reissues, adding: “How can you get that excited about an album that came out 20 years ago? I can’t. I’m thankful it was a moment and know that it means a lot to people, but it was a long time ago.

“Personally speaking, looking back is not something I ever do. The past feels like a long time ago and isn’t something that feels important. Obviously I’m thankful that there’s an appetite for it. I’m not a fan of Radiohead, I’m in Radiohead. It’s a very different experience for me.”

Who knows. What we do know is the video is released today on April Fool’s Day, so maybe fans shouldn’t get their hopes up.