Multiple report this weekend are citing a now-deleted episode of the For Crying Out Loud podcast in which host, author and comedian Stefanie Wilder-Taylor tells a story of how Paul Thomas Anderson, acclaimed director of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master, and several other flicks, recently shot a new music video for Radiohead in her house.
Fact quotes Wilder-Taylor thusly: “Oh, this happened, I forgot to tell you! So, I’m at home and there’s a knock at the door… there’s a guy with a clipboard. I come to the door with a scowl on my face and the guy says, ‘Hey, we’re in the neighbourhood, we’re going to be shooting a music video.’ So now, I’m thinking you’re basically telling me – what happens a lot in my neighbourhood, because it’s a very typical suburban looking neighbourhood – I’m gonna be inconvenienced.”
Then she was offered $200 to allow the crew to film in her home. “Then the guy goes—‘it’s Radiohead!’ I can’t tell you anything about it. I’m guessing that’s the non-disclosure part. Between us girls, Radiohead—I don’t give a shit, I don’t get it. I’ve heard one song I don’t care about—‘Creep’. Yeah, you’re a creep and a loser and you’re putting me to sleep.”
“Here’s the cool part. Then the next day, the guy goes, I wanna bring the director by your house… this guy comes in, says ‘hey, this is the director, Paul’… really normal looking guy. Then I say, ‘hey, you look kind of familiar… Have we met?’ Do you make anything apart from music videos?” Once PTA fills her in on his resumé—“I was like, ‘Oh shit!'”
Paul Thomas Anderson is a longtime collaborator of Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood, who wrote the score for PTA’s last three films: There Will Be Blood, The Master, and Inherent Vice.
Radiohead’s new album is expected to be out later this year, though it is unclear when exactly that may be. News that a music video was recently filmed certainly implies that new music should be coming sooner rather than later. Radiohead will be on tour this summer, headlining major festivals around the world including Primavera Sound (Spain), Lollapalooza (USA, Germany), Osheaga (Canada), Outside Lands (USA), and Summer Sonic Festival (Japan). Would be nice to have some new material to play, right?