Radiohead – Everything in its right place (Leaping Ahead #85)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #85: 160325

[A song to chill to]

The opening track from Radiohead’s 2000 album ‘Kid A’, this was, however, never released as a single. Written by Thom Yorke in the shadow of the band’s 1997–1998 OK Computer tour, he recalled in an interview that it was their show in Birmingham that affected him the most; the time when he was beginning to fully realize the band’s sudden and unexpected fame. Immediately after the show he returned to his dressing room feeling burned out and helpless. “Everything in its right place” was written in 1999 reflecting an attempt to find normality; a realisation that everything in life has a place and usually for a good reason.

Yorke revealed in an interview that while promoting OK Computer, he was told he frequently exhibited a sour-faced look, hence the line “Yesterday I woke up sucking a lemon”. Other lyrics were drawn randomly from a hat in a process inspired by artist Tristan Tzara, whose instructions for “How to make a Dada poem” appeared on Radiohead’s website at this time.

I particularly relate to the line “There are two colours in my head”, a reference to the paintings of Mark Rothko, one of my favourite painters.