20 Insanely Great Radiohead Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know

Revisit key deep cuts, B-sides and live-only gems that could end up on group's ninth LP

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"Palo Alto" (1997)

Given that it's from the OK Computer era — and named after the Silicon Valley enclave that incubated Facebook and Google — "Palo Alto" is very much about the oppressive emptiness of the wide-open tomorrow. When Thom Yorke sings, "In a city of the future/It is difficult to find a space," he's not talking about parking. But since it's the closing track on the Airbag/How Am I Driving? EP — the bridge to the claustrophobic Kid A phase — it may also foreshadow Yorke's realization that those expanses were more cluttered than he imagined. When he sings, "In a city of the future/It is difficult to concentrate," he might be talking about Snapchat. Either way, he knew we were doomed; it's a good thing this one's a stomper. J.M.

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