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Radiohead weekend: Best of the dancing Thom Yorke mash-ups -- so far [Video] [Updated]

February 20, 2011 |  9:44 am

Since Friday, when Radiohead's new album, "The King of Limbs," was unleashed worldwide with an accompanying video of lead singer Thom Yorke dancing to the song "Lotus Flower," a few things have become apparent: First, the band has cemented itself as one of the most visionary and inspired music-business entities on the planet. Second, the band continues to explore and expand on all the nooks and crannies of its music to create new sounds and structures.

And finally: The man can dance and has, over the course of a single weekend, managed to single-handedly make bowler hats hip again (there were, no doubt, many Yorke moves on dance floors all over the world last night). Want evidence that Yorke can dance to anything? See below the video mash-ups concocted to show the versatility and all-around joyousness of a music and a moment.

Thom Yorke dances to Beyonce, and the single ladies go wild.


The Radiohead singer knows his Atlanta crunk, as evidenced by his enthusiasm for Unk's 2006 hit, "Walk It Out."


Yorke isn't a one-trick pony, though. In slow motion, you can see the nuance and the grace of his moves to the Brazilian Tropicália legend Caetano Veloso's beautiful "Araçá Azul" -- which gets a shot of adrenalin when Katrina & the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine" races in, sending the singer into a tizzy.


Yorke grooves to "You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall & Oates.


The dancing king takes on Abba's "Dancing Queen."


And finally: Few other dancers on the planet could successfully take Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" and make it funky and hot. But you know who can? Take one guess. 

-- Randall Roberts (with apologies for that last one)

[Update: The original version of this post indentified Radiohead's new release by the wrong title. It has been corrected above.]