Looking Back: Radiohead "Paranoid Android" Video

Radiohead is a truly amazing, innovative, incredible band to say the least. We've been fortunate to see them three times (twice this year). On July 1, 1997 they released OK Computer, arguably one of the greatest albums of all time in my opinion. OK Computer contained the singles "Karma Police", "No Surprises", and "Paranoid Android".

Our selection for this week's feature is the video for "Paranoid Android", the first single taken from OK Computer. The song's title refers to the depressed robot Marvin the Paranoid Android from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. Thom Yorke sought out Swede Magnus Carlsson, the creator of the animated series Robin (watch videos here). Carlsson originally wanted to direct a video for "No Surprises" and was uncertain on a idea for "Paranoid Android".

Carlsson said, "when I first got the song I spent a whole day listening to it in my office. I have a window where I see a bridge with lots of streetlights. I tried not to listen to the lyrics, and after spending eight hours looking at the bridge, I started sorting out something. Later I got a fax from Thom where he explained the song, and the viewpoints matched." [Via Greenplastic]
This animated video features mild-mannered Robin and a friend venturing out into the world.

[Radiohead Official Site]
[Magnus Carlsson Official Site]
[Other "Looking Back" Videos]