Conspiracy theorists and Radiohead die-hards alike have been speculating, ever since the February 18th release of The King of Limbs, that Radiohead still have a track or two up their sleeve. Now, the people behind thekingoflimbspart2.com, have collected an extensive list of clues and theories as to why the release of Radiohead’s shortest album to date, The King of Limbs, (clocking in at 37:29) may still be a work in progress.
Below are a sampling of some of the more interesting clues / theories presented on thekingoflimbspart2.com:
1. Is there a hidden message in this song “Separator”? The song contains the lyrics: “If you think this is over then you are wrong” This is repeated 4 times in the song.
2. Why would they release a double vinyl album for 8 songs or 38 minutes worth of music? I know a lot of people have said that a 10″ vinyl can only hold 3-4 songs max depending of course on the length.
3. The file was named “TKOL1″, which leads you to think there might be a “TKOL2″
4. The King Of Limbs clocks is at 37:29 in length, which makes it their shortest album; but only by 4 minutes or so.
5. Thom Yorke interview about new “revolutionary” release strategy. (From August 2009) Click here for interview Releasing 8 songs with a bunch of artwork is not really “revolutionary”. While it may be the first so-called “Newpaper” album, Radiohead is renowned for looking for ways to creatively release their music. Remember the “Pay What You Want” with In Rainbows?
6. From a user (name withheld) on AtEase (Radiohead fansite http://www.ateaseweb.com/): “I had a bit of a problem with my order last week, and one of the Operators said to me that next week everyone who ordered the digital-only copy would be contacted to see if they want to upgrade to the Newspaper version.” “There may be more information available early in the week (other than just the music) that may change people’s minds about the Newspaper version”
7. Here is a clue, given by (neonred) in the comments section. The album was originally set to come out on Feb 19th, but on Feb 18th, which is the exact date of the Full Moon phase (which Ed mentioned when it was made available for download, that it was a full moon!). What might happen on Feb 24th, which is the date for the half-moon phase? Or March 4th it’s the date of the No Moon phase (which is also a Friday). There is another full-moon phase for March 19th. This album does seem to be based around a heavy Nature theme already! See more on the lunar calendar here. And how about this, lyrics from Lotus Flower, “And all I want is the moon upon a stick”. I think we are on to something with this!
Be sure to check out thekingoflimbspart2.com to read the full manifesto.