"Gagging Order" (2003)
A lot of Radiohead songs start out as Thom Yorke flicking away at his acoustic guitar, but the gorgeous "Gagging Order" is one of the few that was actually recorded that way. Graced with some of the band's most haunting imagery ("Move along, there's nothing left to see/Just a body, pouring down the street"), this autumnal B-side proves that Radiohead is often at their best when mining veiled political statements for their haunting emotional undercurrents. Marrying a threatening title to a melody that sounds like it could soundtrack a wistful montage in Almost Famous, the track fleshes out the abstract Orwellian fears of Hail to the Thief by imbuing them with an unnervingly physical dimension. D.E.