2008, along with most other years since 1993, has really been Radiohead's year. There was a blinding New Year's Eve webcast, a massive, critically-acclaimed tour, Jonny Greenwood scored an Oscar-winning blockbuster in the shape of There Will Be Blood, and Thom Yorke was even voted into a list of the world's top Apple influencers.
It's therefore more likely than ever that you'll find yourself having to buy for a Radiohead fanatic this Christmas. But what do you get for someone who loves a band with such a varied musical output? Let MusicRadar help you out…
1. Thom and Jonny's favourite music
Radiohead's more mainstream influences may be easy(ish) to spot, but what of the band's more eclectic music preferences? Well, the electronica-minded Radiohead fan may appreciate Modeselektor, of whose electro/IDM stylings Thom Yorke is a fan (he even collaborated with the duo on their track The White Flash). Björk is another of Thom's favourites – he's collaborated with her a few times, and Unravel (from her Homogenic album) is one his favourite ever tracks.
Max/MSP too complicated? Then how about a nice, easy-to-use audio FX unit with a touchpad, flashy lights and mental sounds to boot? Enter the Kaoss Pad. Radiohead members have certainly been known to use one or two of these madness-boxes over the years, notably Jonny Greenwood to mangle Thom Yorke's vocals on Everything In Its Right Place. For more wallet-friendly effects fun, be sure to check out the Kaoss Pad's little brother, the Kaoss Pad Mini, too.
live version of Thom Yorke's Cymbal Rush to see the controller in action.
It may seem a weird choice, but boxing gloves are actually an essential bit of Radiohead fanwear. There are several phrases that justify the gloves' use: "Radiohead were better before they went all weird on Kid A", "Radiohead are miserable", "the pay-what-you-want In Rainbows scheme was bad for the music industry" to name just three.