Radiohead "Let Down" (found prototype music video; 1997)


"Let Down" (prototype music video)
Sample of the imagery found in the video.
Sample of the imagery found in the video.
Status Found
Date found 28 Mar 2016 (YouTube upload)
Found by Stanmgk

Radiohead is a British alternative rock band that had most of its fame stemming from the 1990s and 2000s. They are one of the most influential bands of those decades, helping to define the sound of many alternative and indie rock bands to come. Their 1997 album, OK Computer, was, at the time, their most ambitious project. Experimenting with new recording techniques, sound effects, and working with various concepts, it is often considered their masterpiece.

The album went in and out of many phases. At one point the album was supposed to have a music video for every track featured. This idea was later on scrapped for financial reasons, but one music video for the song "Let Down" ended up getting finished. The video has never been released because Yorke thought it was "shite".

The video's producer, Simon Hilton, included the music video for a very short while on his online portfolio, albeit in a very early unfinished form, but it was unlinked of his website[1]. The graphics aren't fully synced up with the music, and its generally considered to be "not much of a loss" by most Radiohead fans.

Radiohead finally explored the concept of music videos for an entire album with their 2003 effort, Hail to the Thief.

YouTube blocking of the video

In June 2016, [Merlin] Beggars blocked the completed music video of "Let Down" worldwide. Despite that, the original video can now be found under the original link that is hidden from his website.

A mirror of the said video that has been blocked by [Merlin] Beggars can now be viewed here.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

9 months ago
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shit. that hissing scared me
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Stanmgk

8 months ago
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FOUND THE COMPLETE VIDEO It was hidden under our nose, guys.

http://www.s...RHEAD_LD.mov
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SenaUW

8 months ago
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Hey Stanmgk, were you the one who uploaded the video?
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Stanmgk

8 months ago
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Yes.
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SenaUW

8 months ago
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Thanks. Added an infobox to reflect your discovery.
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Stanmgk

8 months ago
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Thank you, bud
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SilenceEnigma

6 months ago
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Guys, it's blocked...well, on youtube that is.
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Dinglus

6 months ago
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Fortunately, I downloaded the video before YT removed it.
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SenaUW

6 months ago
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Just download it from the original source, it's better than YouTube's compressed one: http://www.s...RHEAD_LD.mov
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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when i tried the RHEAD_LD link it wasn't a video just the audio
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SenaUW

6 months ago
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Right-click the link and use the "Save link as..." option, it should download the file with both audio and video.
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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all i'm getting is a blackscreen throughout the entire video. could you upload on dailymotion or zippcast maybe? btw i'm solca
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SenaUW

6 months ago
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Then the problem lies in the video codec, I suppose. Here's a converted version (in mp4 rather than mov), if you want:

https://mega...K0vvWu6zKGIw
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Solca2

6 months ago
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Thx. now to get this on ZippCast :D
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Steady N Ready

3 months ago
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oh please
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