Radiohead Stages Third Surprise Webcast

The men of Radiohead tipped their collective hats to the past and the future simultaneously on Thursday during their third unannounced Webcast of DJ sets and live tunes, which included a new song with the refrain "I am a wicked child."

As the show got under way on the band's Web page (www.radiohead.com), someone offscreen held up handwritten placards, reading such things as "BUFFERING" and "NET CONGESTION." The gesture recalled D.A. Pennebaker's footage of Bob Dylan in 1965 dropping placards featuring the lyrics to "Subterranean Homesick Blues," while at the same time, it poked fun at the computer hang-ups that have plagued Radiohead's forays on the Web.

This time out, the British band played one new tune, which featured the "wicked child" chorus. With a camera focused on the group from above, the band appeared tired and the sound was raw. "I wish I could be good," singer/guitarist Thom Yorke sang over lazy-sounding

music that had the feel of mid-'70s Rolling Stones.

Most of the event featured DJ sets from Yorke and guitarist/keyboardist Jonny Greenwood. They played records ranging from dark techno to vintage big-band numbers to classic rocker Neil Young's "Down By The River."

Throughout, the Webcam was focused on whoever was DJing, with occasional interruptions for shots of eyeballs, heads, kitchens, traffic, and a cat chasing a mouse. At one point, viewers watched a tea bag lowered into a cup with a band logo, while another shot showed someone loading a dishwasher.

Radiohead is slated to release the follow-up to its acclaimed 1997 album "OK Computer" in the fall, according to a U.S. spokesperson at Nasty Little Man publicity. That disc brought the UK heroes mainstream success in the U.S., with such modern-rock hits as "Karma Police" and "Paranoid Android."

During a surprise Webcast in December, the band debuted the song "Knives Out," which is expected to be on the upcoming disc

(see "Radiohead Makes A Surprise Net Appearance"). A second broadcast in February saw the debut of another new track from the band (see "Radiohead Stages Second Surprise Webcast").

According to online band diaries, Radiohead has considered more than 20 tracks for the LP, including "Egyptian Song," "Kinetic," and "Cuttooth."

Earlier this week, Radiohead announced several European tour dates for June and July. The outing will take the group through France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece and the UK; it will then move on to Israel for three shows.