"Follow Me Around" (1998)
It first showed up in Meeting People Is Easy, Radiohead's queasy film about the OK Computer world tour, where it played over a montage of monotonous interviews that included a weary Thom Yorke telling a journalist, "You will become a hypocrite ... that's what being an adult is. And then you have babies and that's it." Needless to say, he was grappling with some heavy stuff — the march of time, the crush of responsibility, the weight of expectation — all of which is evident in the dazzling, dour "Follow Me Around." From mentions of shadowy figures lurking in corners to the aching acquiescence of the chorus, it's one of his darkest songs, if only because he's admitting he knows what's coming, but has no other choice than to carry on. No wonder they never recorded this one proper; some things are better left as is. J.M.