It’s always good to have a few spares nestled away. Radiohead continue plundering their ‘OK Computer’ sessions with the release of ‘Man of War’. One last album B-side is due soon - just don’t expect the band’s Glastonbury sound check to receive the promo treatment. For now, enjoy Colin Read’s day and night pursuit.
Crossword complete and relaxed as can be, the protagonist tries to reunite a cyclist with their mobile phone. Alas, his helpful gesture attracts some unwanted attention. Good Samaritans, be warned.
Read’s precise transitions sell the protagonist’s ordeal. Fleeing through city streets and backlots, he’s suddenly public enemy number one. Resigned to his fate, he lets his sinister entourage follow. So much for a relaxing stroll.
Thom Yorke’s anxious imagery permeates throughout, all “poison clouds and poisoned dwarves”. He concludes with a ‘Karma Police’-esque warning: “The worms will come for you, big boots”. Not everyone enjoys a clean getaway - not if Radiohead can help it.