Those crafty Brits over at Radioheadquarters have just announced the details of long-player numero ocho, which will be released like a digital Kraken this Saturday, February 19th, in the year of our Lord, 2011. I don’t have time to rehash them, so click HERE for details.
What I do have time for are some ruminations on the title and its creepy artwork. King of Limbs is apparently a thousand year-old tree that inhabits Savernake Forest, which is in close proximity to the house the band recorded In Rainbows in. It is also a term referenced in the Koran (those wacky liberal musicians!)
But the true King of Limbs is older than any future paper or book of fairy tales. He’s been prowling the murky depths for millions of years, biding his time- and now’s his time to shine! That’s right, I’m talking about a little cephalopod who goes by the name of Octopus vulgaris. No one has more limbs than that motherfucker! And Radiohead knows it, because guess who graces the cover of the new album in all their majestic glory? Not Allah or some goddamn tree, but your garden variety ghost octopus, commonly referred to as a ghoctopus. Long live the king!