Radiohead’s “Lift” was supposed to be a radio hit. It was left off OK Computer because of that. Would have interfered with the band goals. So when they included it on the anniversary release OKNOTOK, there was a bit of a “Hmmph, whatever” reaction.
Ed O’Brien told BBC this year that Radiohead left the anthemic Britpop rocker “Lift” off of OK Computer because it would have become a huge hit and made their fame too enormous to manage. The official version of the long-unreleased track that ended up on the OKNOTOK reissue didn’t really prove his theory, as it’s skeletal and laidback compared to the commanding live bootlegs that are floating out there online. However, a new video for that official version completes the portrait of this 90s alt-rock smash that could-have-been.
Check out the video:
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