Sep 23rd, 2008 // 11 Comments

Hey, look, another Radiohead remix contest! This time it’s centered on “Reckoner,” and Diplo and a string quartet have already submitted entries, so you’d better get cracking if you want Thom Yorke and his buddies to hear your musical genius! (No, really, that’s what the info page says as far as what the crowning honor will be: “Radiohead will listen to the best remixes.” I guess for some people, that’s all the satisfaction they need?) [Radiohead Remix]

  1. Lax Danja House

    The constituent parts of the track will be available to purchase in six separate “stems,” each retailing at the price of a regular song. God, I love how cynical this band is.

  2. sparkletone

    They gave them to everyone who participated in the last one for free.

    I’m not really feeling the cynicism here, but then I didn’t understand what the big deal was about paying a trivial amount for the stems last time.

    If nothing else, it will all be worth it if Hipster Runoff turns in another remix?

  3. Maura Johnston

    @sparkletone: actually, they were for sale last time, too, and those sales landed ‘nude’ on the hot 100:


  4. jopari actually likes the G1, thank you very much.

    @sparkletone: Not true, in fact it was even more ($5.99 I believe). This time you can buy all the tracks for .99 cents, which is much more reasonable.

  5. jopari actually likes the G1, thank you very much.

    @Maura Johnston: D’oh! I always forget to refresh the page before commenting.

  6. sparkletone

    @Maura Johnston: I’m well aware! I paid for the Nude stems, and I recall reading about how Nude charted as a result of all those iTMS transactions.

    But I’m not sure that getting on the Billboard charts is really the band’s motivation here. I’m sure XL doesn’t mind the extra exposure, but radiohead have never been a band that gives a shit about charting singles, so why start now? And why bother sneaking on to the charts this way?

    I think it’s more likely that they’re covering the cost of setting up + running the remix site.

    But that stuff aside: This time they’re 1) giving them out for free to people who forked over cash last time, and 2) Bundling them all together for 99 cents (as someone already noted).

    Markedly less binty than last time (which wasn’t very binty to begin with).

  7. sparkletone

    @jopari: No, it’s completely true that on the 19th I received an email that included a link I could go to to download the stems for free and that I was given this link because I participated in the Nude remix, and I am not in any way the only person to get this email.

    Reckoner stems were given out for free to everyone who participated in the Nude remix thing.

  8. RaptorAvatar

    I hope HRO goes after Radiohead soon.

  9. walkmasterflex

    @RaptorAvatar: I can’t wait either

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