Calling all Radiohead diehards – Christmas has come early. A previously unreleased track by the band features in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. The director’s adaptation of a Nicholas Pichon novel is already one of the most anticipated films of the year, and the song, Spooks, along with the soundtrack by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, is just another reason to be excited.

Paul Thomas Anderson
Director Paul Thomas Anderson.

Fans (and everyone else, for that matter) won’t get to hear the song until Inherent Vice hits US theaters on December 12, but the title might ring a bell. Spooks was one of the tracks the band was experimenting with ahead of the release of their 2006 EP In Rainbows and the subsequent tour. The track only saw 20 live performances, after which the band retired it, and it was not included in the In Rainbows.  

The chilled out vibe of Spooks should fit in nicely with the LA noir genre of the flick. Inherent Vice centers on P. I. Doc Sportello, whose life changes when his ex-girl enters his office with a story about her current billionaire boyfriend, whose wife is plotting his kidnapping. 

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Ahead of the announcement, the band’s frontman Thom Yorke dropped a bomb, releasing a surprise LP on September 29th. The collection, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, was made available via BitTorrent, in an attempt to break new ground in music sales and distribution and avoid industry middlemen.