Radiohead’s Unreleased “Spooks” Appears in ‘Inherent Vice,’ Performed by Supergrass

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.06.14 in News

Update: Jonny Greenwood clarified via Twitter that Supergrass, not Radiohead, perform Radiohead’s “Spooks” for Inherent Vice. He wrote: “except it’s really a half idea we never made work live. I rewrote it and got supergrass to play it. It’s good, but not very rh!”

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice doesn’t arrive in theaters until December 12, but it already has almost enough musical connections to make a dizzying postmodern novel. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who previously worked with Anderson on 2007′s There Will Be Blood, did the score for this Thomas Pynchon adaptation (the first movie fully based on one of Pynchon’s books). Joanna Newsom, the harpist and songwriter, narrates and plays a reportedly “earth goddess-like” character. And now, after a press screening this weekend, multiple reports say the film’s credits list an unreleased song by the full Radiohead, titled “Spooks.”

“Spooks” shares a title with a brief surf-rock instrumental the band tested out live on a 2006 tour ahead of the following year’s In RainbowsSlate notes that “its surf-rock guitar makes a good fit” for the film, particularly given that one of the characters is a “surf-rock saxophonist” (!) played by Owen Wilson. Watch a fan video of a 2006 live “Spooks” performance from Copenhagen below, and scroll down for the Inherent Vice trailer and, as reported by The Film Stage, the full soundtrack tracklist, including songs by Can, Neil Young and Minnie Ripperton.

1. Dreamin’ On a Cloud – The Tornados
2. Rhythm of the Rain – The Cascades
3. Vitamin C – Can
4. Soup – Can
5. Simba – Les Baxter
6. Spooks (Radiohead Cover) - Supergrass
7. Burning Bridges – Jack Scott
8. The Throwaway Age – Bob Irwin
9. Gilligan’s Island Theme – Sherwood Schwartz and George Wyle
10. Harvest – Neil Young
11. Here Comes the Ho-Dads – The Markettts
12. Electricity – Cliff Adams
13. Never My Love – The Association
14. Les Fleur – Minnie Riperton
15. Journey Through the Past – Neil Young
16. Sukiyaki – KYU Sakamoto
17. Adam-12 (Themes and Cues) – Frank Comstock
18. (What A) Wonderful World – Sam Cooke
19. Amethyst – Jonny Greenwood
20. Any Day Now – Chuck Jackson