CIGARETTES AFTER SEX and the cover of the Radiohead song “Motion Picture Soundtrack”

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Cigarettes After Sex are capping off a successful year with the release of their version of Radiohead’s “Motion Picture Soundtrack.”

The song on “Kid A” colors Radiohead’s dystopian meditation on death and the afterlife with a touch of the gauzy, romantic dream-pop that has become Cigarettes After Sex’s signature.

As band leader Greg Gonzales wrote:

I first heard a version of this song that was just lead vocals and guitar, recorded live at a show in 1997.

I love how they turned it into the finished song they made years later, but there was something about the simplicity of that stripped-down original recording that has always stuck with me.

I wanted our version to try to capture that feeling somehow and focus on the beautiful sadness and romance I felt in the lyrics.

We actually recorded it in 2015 on the same day as “Affection” and our covers of “Keep On Loving You” and “Neon Moon”, but somehow it didn’t feel quite right to release it until now.

Luckily, the song has only become more personal to me over the years and I’m really happy it’s finally out…”




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