And speaking of U.K. musical awesomeness.

How about celebrating Thursday with a little live Radiohead?

This performance of “House of Cards” was taken from their appearance on Conan O’Brien last night.

Of course, I could have lived without Thom Yorke calling President Bush a twat for not signing the Kyoto Agreement during the introduction. But a great tune none the less. Vodpod videos no longer available.

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14 thoughts on “And speaking of U.K. musical awesomeness.

  1. “i’m thom yorke and if i ran the world there would be no more pollution, murder, or clothing made in indonesia or pakistan. everything would be great.”

    i still can’t get over the absolute loathing there is for george bush…like somehow all pollution is his fault because he didn’t sign Kyoto, etc etc. you’ve all heard me say this before..blah blah..bye

  2. I knew you’d be around eventually. 🙂

    I’ve grown increasingly intolerant of the anti-Bush venom from the likes of Yorke. I think it stands in stark contrast to the class and dignity with which Bono carries himself.

    I mean, Bono likely disagrees with the vast majority of Bush’s foreign policy. Yet he carries himself with enough dignity that he gets invited to the National Prayer Breakfast, holds court with the G8 leaders, etc. He even recently commended Bush on what he’s done for Africa in his two terms as president.

    Thom Yorke calls Bush a twat on American national television.

    In both cases, I love their music. But I’d only follow one of them if they ever marched on Washington.

  3. I became disillusioned with Bush as a President long ago, for what I think are fairly obvious reasons. But I just do not understand “Bush Derangement Syndrome” as it’s called. The man’s very faults preclude him from the level of supervillainy he is regularly accused of. I sorta feel bad for him sometimes.

    And Bush is certainly not the only world leader who thought Kyoto was a bad plan.

  4. Agreed. You cannot be both a blubbering idiot and a sinister mastermind. It’s one or the other people!

    And according to this map the U.S. is still one of very few countries who have not ratified the Kyoto Agreement. And certainly the largest and most influential of the holdouts:

    Participation in the Kyoto Protocol: green indicates states parties, yellow indicates states with ratification pending, and red indicates those that signed but declined ratification of the treaty.

  5. let’s also remember, clinton/gore had about 2.5 years to ratify kyoto as well…and years to prevent another terrorist attack on the WTC but that’s a whole different story.

    so which one is he shane? blubbering idiot or sinister mastermind?

  6. ***Disclaimer. The following comments – like ALL my comments – are meant to be read in a lighthearted tone.***

    so which one is he shane? blubbering idiot or sinister mastermind?

    I don’t believe I’ve ever referred to the President as either.

    So defensive Jim. 😆

    I provide a simple map of who is in/out of Kyoto – in reply to Josh’s comment about who did/didn’t sign on – after saying I didn’t care for Thom Yorke’s comment and was growing intolerant of the anti-Bush venom – and now we’re talking about what Clinton/Gore did/didn’t do to prevent Al Qaeda from attacking the WTC?

    Did I miss the relevant context somewhere along the way? 😆

    But since Jim brought it up, here was Clinton’s own response when Chris Wallace asked him why he didn’t do more to get Bin Ladin on FOX Sunday:

    CLINTON: What did I do? What did I do? I worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since. And if I were still president, we’d have more than 20,000 troops there trying to kill him.

    Now, I’ve never criticized President Bush, and I don’t think this is useful. But you know we do have a government that thinks Afghanistan is only one-seventh as important as Iraq.

    And you ask me about terror and Al Qaeda with that sort of dismissive thing? When all you have to do is read Richard Clarke’s book to look at what we did in a comprehensive, systematic way to try to protect the country against terror.

    And you’ve got that little smirk on your face and you think you’re so clever. But I had responsibility for trying to protect this country. I tried and I failed to get bin Laden. I regret it. But I did try. And I did everything I thought I responsibly could.

    The entire military was against sending Special Forces in to Afghanistan and refueling by helicopter. And no one thought we could do it otherwise, because we could not get the CIA and the FBI to certify that Al Qaeda was responsible while I was president.

    And so, I left office. And yet, I get asked about this all the time. They had three times as much time to deal with it, and nobody ever asks them about it. I think that’s strange.

  7. that’s why i said it was a whole different story…cause it is.
    and i know you didn’t call him either of those, i was just asking in a funny way not an accusatory way. like i said, i don’t really care for the guy as president, but i feel bad for him as a fellow human.
    whatever, i’m sure obama will come on and be the savior we’ve all been waiting for as president.
    he’ll save the banks, the environment, our foreign diplomacy, our wallets, kill big oil execs, and unite the races like never before.
    and thome yorke can serenade him while he eats organic fruit in his hemp hammock.
    what? me cynical?

  8. (I know you’re always joking. As am I. Occasionally we’ve had flareups. My disclaimer was an attempt at a preemptive strike against that.)

    For the record, I don’t really think Bush is a complete idiot or a sinister mastermind. I think this administration has done an absolutely terrible job running the country, but I don’t hate the guy for it.

    That being said. I’m not looking for Obama to be a savior. I just really like the guy, and agree with a good number of his policies. I can’t say that about the other candidates.

    That’s really all I want out of a president anyway.

  9. I can see the dislike of calling Bush a twat but how many pre late night show routines have refered to the president in much cruder terms? Yorke doesnt seem one to hide what he thinks and those are his thoughts like em or not.

    my biggest stumbling block with Obama will be how do you intened to pay for these ideas. Someone has to in the end. His answers seem to revolve around raising capital gains taxes which has historically brought the economy to a screeching halt.

  10. By “pre late night show routines” do you mean the opening monologues from Leno, Letterman, etc.? I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of those guys call the President names. Not directly anyway. They certainly poke plenty of fun, but I can’t think of a single example of name calling.

    On the capital gains thing … I’ve heard that argument but admittedly don’t know enough about our country’s economic history to weigh in intelligently. I couldn’t make a reasonable argument for, or against, raising the capital gains tax.

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