Daily Archives: 06/05/2016

Friday Sober Jukebox – Burn the Witch

thom yorkeSo having been struck down with a cold (and as a nurse after 958 days in recovery finally recognising that self care is important when you’re sick and previous so called attempts to ‘power or burn through it’ is not the answer!) I’ve not been at uni this week which has given my brain extra thinking space and time.

If you hadn’t guessed already I’m a massive Radiohead fan and was lucky enough to see them in 2003 and missed seeing them in Berlin in 2013 when a crew member accident had them cancel and reschedule tour dates.  They have an eagerly anticipated new album Dawn Chorus due out in June and this is their new single ‘Burn the Witch’ which released on Wednesday and has already had over 7 million views on Youtube.  IT IS SUPERB!

For those of a certain age it is the use of the Trumpton children’s programme animation blended with references to The Lord of the Flies and The Wicker Man that is so striking when combined with the lyrics.

Stay in the shadows
This is a low flying panic attack
Burn the witch
We know where you live

Abandon all reason
Avoid all eye contact
Do not react
Shoot the messengers

And yes alcohol and it’s ability to anaesthetise painful realities through its consumption is featured!  For those who lived a less than perfect childhood where alcohol,  scapegoating  and group think were present behind a facade of normalcy, as represented here, then this video is perfect.  Darkly resonant but also triggered cognitive dissonance for me – but that’s okay as I can handle that now this far into my recovery 🙂

10/10 Radiohead & Thom Yorke and I can’t wait to hear the new album!