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“Videotape” by Radiohead (Season Finale)

We reveal the “secret rhythm” of the piano in “Videotape,” give a step-by-step explanation of the stuttering percussion, and discuss the touching lyrics, written from the perspective of a man saying a final goodbye before he dies

Radiohead Perfom At Victoria Park In London Photo by Jim Dyson/Getty Images


We conclude our season-long analysis of Radiohead’s In Rainbows with its final track, “Videotape.” We reveal the “secret rhythm” of the piano, give a step-by-step explanation of the stuttering percussion, and discuss the touching lyrics, written from the perspective of a man saying a final goodbye before he dies. Finally, we take a look at Goethe’s Faust as a possible reference point for the song and album before sharing some key takeaways from In Rainbows as a whole.

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Host/Writer/EP: Cole Cuchna
Additional Analysis: Dr. Brad Osborn
Song Recreations: Andrew Atwood
Audio Editing: Kevin Pooler
Theme Music: Birocratic

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