Pop Is Dead

Album: Released as a single only (1993)
Charted: 42


  • Released between Pablo Honey and the re-issued "Creep," this is the only Radiohead single not available on any of their albums.
  • The song is a satirical look at the way the media try to repackage everything as the new rock 'n' roll.
  • Thom Yorke said in Melody Maker, February 6, 1993: "It is a kind of epitaph for 1992. Hence the lines, 'Pop is dead, died an ugly death by back catalogue'." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • The video is based on a treatment Yorke wrote. In the clip, he is carried in a transparent coffin across the English countryside. The people in the procession were members of the Radiohead fan club.

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  • Lara from Thomspon , CtDoes anyone else notice the lyrics "pop is dead long live pop" is remarkably similiar to the who's "rock is dead they say long live rock"
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