Either someone is lying big style or there has been a colossal communication problem somewhere along the line. Chuck Palahniuk, the writer of novels such as Fight Club and Snuff, claimed yesterday that Radiohead were scoring the movie adaptation of his novel Choke. But it seems no-one told Radiohead about it.
Plahniuk told BBC 6 Music:
“Clark Gregg, who directed the movie, knew that I’d written Choke while listening to [Radiohead's 1993 debut album] Pablo Honey, with ‘Creep’, over and over and over. So Clark got Radiohead to contribute a song; to write a song for the very end of the movie, the final credits.”
“Apparently Radiohead liked the movie so much, they’ve written the score, most of the ambient music throughout it. So it’s Choke – With The Music Of Radiohead.”
When I saw this story yesterday I was pleasantly surprised, both because I didn’t think Radiohead were the type to score a film of this nature, and because believing they had made me more excited about the film itself. However, it seems to not be true, with the band denying the claim completely.
According to Digital Spy, a spokesman for Thom Yorke and the rest of the group said:
“No-one in the Radiohead organisation is aware of the band composing any original, incidental or ambient music for Choke.”
In fact, it seems the only contribution Radiohead are making to the movie is a song called The Reckoner, which appeared on their last album In Rainbows. This is confusing to the extreme as it either means Palahniuk is lying or has been lied to. Either way, the band don’t know a thing about it.
Choke, starring Sam Rockwell and Angelica Houston is out on limited release in September. Radiohead not included.