RNR News and Notes

In 1995, Radiohead released their sophomore album - The Bends - and track 4 from the now classic record - a song that singer Thom Yorke said was "the product of a joke that wasn't really a joke, a very lonely, drunken evening and, well, a breakdown of sorts" - Fake Plastic Trees - is going through a bit of a resurgence in 2020 - with several amazing covers of the song being released. 

 

The most recent  - and our personal favorite - is the chilling version recorded by Phoebe Bridgers.  The track - recorded in a church (sound familiar?)  for the BBC show Phil Taggart’s Chillest Show features Bridgers giving the song a goosebump inducing rendition of the track with R&B star Arlo Parks providing harmonies and piano accompaniment: 

 

Phoebe Bridgers x Arlo Parks - Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) - Radio 1 Piano Session

 

The two offered collaborated on Bridgers’ own song “Kyoto” during the session

 

Phoebe Bridgers x Arlo Parks - Kyoto - Radio 1 Piano Session

 

It's not the first time Bridgers has covered the song ... it's not even the first time she performed it in a church.  Here she is covering the song in 2017:

 

Phoebe Bridgers St. Pancras Old Church London, 2017-07-05

 

 

We mentioned the song getting a lot of attention recently - Haley Williams of the band Paramore recently posted her cover of the song as well.

 

Hayley Williams - Fake Plastic Trees (radiohead)

 

Happy 25th birthday to Fake Plastic Trees