Hot on the heels of Rock Turtleneck's tardy review of Radiohead's All Points West show comes this dynamite cover of Neil Young's "Tell Me Why" from the band's recent show at the Hollywood Bowl.
Anyone who dismisses Radiohead as a bunch of Vulcan-like prog-rockers should take heed of this quiet, note-perfect performance by Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, for it shows that the boys have their fundamentals down and a true appreciation for the classics. It's that sound base which has allowed them to venture off to such stunning, uncharted musical territories.
Radiohead, "Tell Me Why" Hollywood Bowl, August 25, 2008
"Tell Me Why" is not the first time Yorke has ventured into Neil Youngville. In 2002, he did a memorable version of "After the Gold Rush" (which follows "Tell Me Why" on the After the Gold Rush album) on Neil's piano. Take it boys.
Thom Yorke, "After the Gold Rush" 2002 Bridge School Benefit, 10/26/02
And if Yorke & Co are wondering which After the Gold Rush track to tackle next, here's Rock Turtleneck's suggestion.
Neil Young, "Don't Let it Bring You Down" BBC TV Studios, 2/23/71