Few bands inspire the kind of fan fervor like Radiohead. Ever since they started changing the rules of rock music with their incredible end-of-the-millennium one-two punch of OK Computer and Kid A, they have stirred up a passionate fan base that is extremely vocal and always up to debate the merits of their favorite band's latest project. In fact, in discussions here in the MTV Newsroom, we have often joked that Radiohead could probably release an album full of them breathing heavily and it would probably end up on a bunch of year-end top 10 lists.
Frontman Thom Yorke may have taken that concept a little too seriously, as he has teamed up with Mark Ronson, Bryan Ferry, British Prime Minister David Cameron, tennis star Andy Murray and actor David Tenant (among several others) for "2 Minute Silence," a single that is quite literally two minutes of silence. It isn't just a boundary-testing art project, but rather a fund raising single for the Royal British Legion. You can pre-order the single here, and there is currently a push to get it on top of the British singles chart next week (your pre-order also buys you a video of the track's participants staring silently at the camera for two minutes). All proceeds will ultimately benefit British military veterans. "Rather than record a song, we felt the UK public would recognize the poignancy of silence and its clear association with remembrance," said Chris Simpkins, the Director General of the Royal British League.
Would you pay money for silence if it was for charity? Let us know in the comments!