Turns out the rumours about Radiohead being a bookmakers’ favourite to tackle the theme song for “SPECTRE” were true.

Best known for his falsetto vocals, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke gave fans a Christmas surprise by revealing on Twitter that his band did record a theme song for the latest Bond movie. He even made the rejected track available online for fans to listen.

Source: Mashable
Source: Mashable

Earlier in July this year, it was reported that Radiohead was the top contender to perform the theme song after an anonymous customer tried to place a £15,000 wager at 10/1 on the English rock band being the chosen artiste to perform the theme song for “Spectre”.


The massive bet caused one UK bookmaker to suspend the betting entirely, as a spokesperson for the William Hill bookmakers said, “There seem to be all kinds of rumours and the plot has had more twists and turns than a classic Bond tale, but surely nobody risks £15,000 on a hunch.”

Other artistes who were the rumoured favourites among bookies included Grammy Award-winning singer Sam Smith, previous Bond crooner Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Ellie Goulding.

Spectre Teaser Trailer
Source: Sony Pictures

Sadly, the film ended up using Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” as the official theme song. Though the soulful Bond theme song recently earned the Golden Globe nomination for “Best Song”, it received mixed to negative responses from listeners and critics, with many suggesting that it is unlikely going to be considered as an all-time Bond classic.

Radiohead’s unused “Spectre” theme song, however, received positive responses from fans after Yorke released the track on Twitter. According to Yorke, the band was “asked to write a tune” for the movie, but it “didn’t work out“. Despite failing to make the final cut, the track became their personal favourite.

Listen to Radiohead’s “Spectre” below:

Meanwhile, Radiohead is apparently working on their 9th studio album, which is the follow-up album to their 2011 album, “The King Of Limbs”. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood told

Guitarist Jonny Greenwood told Dutch music website 3voor12 in an interview that some songs in the forthcoming record won’t be very new, as they will include a reworked version of “Lift,” a track they have been performing since 1996.


Sources: /FILM, Mashable, THR.

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